Texas lost 3 Dallas-area top rookies in October, but the Longhorns remain 2021 local top-class contenders
The coronavirus pandemic has made the college football recruiting landscape more difficult to navigate for players and scouts and to predict for followers.
This process became even trickier for Texas in October.
In three weeks, senior athlete Billy Bowman Jr. (Denton Ryan), junior quarterback Quinn Ewers (Southlake Carroll) and junior wide receiver Phaizon Wilson (Lancaster) retracted their verbal commitments to the Longhorns.
For most schools, the loss of three nationally ranked prospects, including Ewers as the overall best player in the 2022 class, would likely be a lineup change. The depth of Texas’ remaining commitments, however, may lessen short-term concern.
Texas remains a leader in recruiting in the Dallas area with three top 10 engagements in the Dallas Morning News” Top 100 for the 2021 class, but other big rivals and rising programs in the state are not far behind.
Denton athlete Ryan Ja’Tavion Sanders (No.2), Kimball cornerback Ishmael Ibraheem (No.5), Kennedale safety JD Coffey III (No.9) and Arlington linebacker Martin Morice Blackwell (# 21) are currently in the Dallas area. players entered in Texas in the 2021 class.
These are all four-star rookies who have been verbally promised to the Longhorns since at least mid-June. Sanders, Ibraheem and Coffey are Texas’ top three current-class players, according to 247Sports.
Perhaps most notable for Texas fans: This group ranks higher than Oklahoma in Dallas area recruiting. In each of the past seasons, the Sooners have dominated recruiting local talent, but only Bowman, the former Texas commit, has pledged to the Sooners for 2021.
The state of Oklahoma poses the biggest threat in recruiting the Dallas-area Big 12 with the entries of five Top 100 players: wide receivers Bryson and Blaine Green (Allen), Cam Smith (Denton Braswell and Raymond Gay (Red Oak) and running back Jaden Nixon (Frisco Lone Star).
Two SEC teams challenge Texas high ranking the most.
Texas A&M’s two Top 100 engagements – cornerback Denton Guyer Deuce Harmon (No.14) and quarterback Eli Stowers (No.16) – are both in the Top 20. 1) and James Brockermeyer ( # 18) and Duncanville linebacker Kendrick Blackshire (# 11).
Elsewhere in the state, SMU is tied with Oklahoma State for most Top 100 players (five), including Parish Episcopal quarterback Preston Stone, who is No.7 Dallas Morning News‘rankings. Baylor and Texas Tech have four each.
While Ewers and Wilson’s disengagement from Texas Class 2022 erased the Longhorns’ early dominance in the cycle, it’s too early to know how the recruiting landscape will play out, especially as the coronavirus continues to change. the dynamics of screening and campus visits.
Just Oklahoma (Garland wide receiver Jordan Hudson) and SMU (Grand Prairie wide receiver Savion Red) received verbal engagements from current Dallas-area juniors.
Here’s how the nearby Big 12 programs (plus SMU) rank in the Dallas area recruiting roughly six weeks before the NCAA signing period begins:
|School||Number of DMN Top 100 commits||Highest ranked player|
|Texas||4||N ° 2: Denton Ryan ATH Ja’Tavion Sanders|
|Oklahoma||1||# 6: Denton Ryan ATH Billy Bowman Jr.|
|SMU||5||N ° 7: Episcopal Parish QB Preston Stone|
|Texas A&M||2||N ° 14: Denton Guyer CB Deuce Harmon|
|Baylor||4||# 18: DeSoto DL Byron Murphy II|
|Texan technology||4||# 20: DeSoto WR Jerand Bradley|
|Oklahoma State||5||# 27: Allen WR Bryson Green|
|TCU||1||# 61: Argyle TE Jasper Lott|