Saturday’s game against No. 12 Oklahoma State won’t be the biggest of the year for the 24th-ranked Longhorns solely because of the Big 12 title race implications. It also represents the biggest recruiting weekend of the fall for Mack Brown and the Texas staff.
There are expected to be at least 20 and possibly as many as 40 prospects in Royal-Memorial Stadium to see the Longhorns and Cowboys play, and a handful of them are the type of blue-chip recruits that can turn a very good class into one of the nation’s best.
Among those expected to be in attendance are Louisiana running Leonard Fournette, the No. 2 overall prospect in the country; and defensive backs Tony Brown (Beaumont/Ozen) and Jamal Adams (Carrolton/Hebron), Nos. 1 and 4, respectively, in the Statesman’s 2014 Fabulous 55.
Adams, who is still also considering Florida and Ole miss, and Brown, who is thought to be a heavy LSU lean, join Texas quarterback commitment Jerrod Heard as official visitors, which means the Longhorns pay for expenses and essentially roll out the red carpet. The rest will be unofficial visitors.
The Longhorns were in a rut on the trail early in the season after the 1-2 start, but six straight wins and a chance at a Big 12 championship has put Texas back in the mix for some of the game-changing recruits.
“We’re right in the middle of some good stuff right now,” Mack, who can’t comment on specific recruits until after a letter of intent is signed, said on Wednesday. “Gotta keep winning. They want to make sure we’re back on track and see what we’re made of.”
The Longhorns are on pace to sign a class inside the top 10 in the country. The lack of a five-star, marquee name is keeping UT from climbing higher, which is why this weekend carries so much weight.
Texas currently has 24 pledges in its 2014 class and ranks ninth in the nation, according to 247Sports. Of the 24 recruits, eight are rated four-star prospects and 16 are rated as three-stars. Heard is currently the highest ranked Longhorn commitment at 78th nationally in the 247Sports Composite Ranking.
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