Will the firing of Kevin Sumlin impact Texas’ recruiting class?

Posted November 28th, 2017


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Can Texas poach a few Aggie commits?

The firing of Kevin Sumlin by Texas A&M might give the Longhorns a chance to rekindle relationships with current Aggie commits and targets before the early signing period on Dec. 20-22. Sumlin, despite not winning the big games in the SEC, was recruiting well for 2018; his class was ranked second in the SEC and No. 10 in the nation.

The firing of Kevin Sumlin could help Texas in recruiting. (Austin Statesman file photo)

The change at head coach in College Station might also help the Longhorns in their recruitment of defensive end Joseph Ossai of Conroe Oak Ridge. The 4-star has yet to make his final decision, but all signs pointed toward A&M before the dismissal of Sumlin.


Here are some names of Aggies commitments that Texas might chase heading into national signing day.

Max Wright, DE, Katy Taylor

FYI: 6-4/270; 4 stars; No. 6 on the Fabulous 55

Wright is the best defensive line prospect in the state. He visited the Longhorns multiple times before picking Texas A&M in June. The Longhorns remained after him this fall with Tom Herman helicoptering in for a Katy Taylor game during the season. Wright missed most of the season with a knee injury.

Bobby Brown, defensive tackle, Arlington Lamar

FYI: 6-4/282; 4 stars; No. 20 on the Fabulous 55

There was a time when the Longhorns were high on Brown, an athletic defensive lineman who could potentially play end or tackle in Texas’ defensive scheme. The two sides cooled on each other during his senior season and, at this point, it’s unlikely the Longhorns truly chase the big, athletic defensive tackle. Still, the Longhorns need bodies at the position and Brown is a player with a huge upside.

DaShaun White, linebacker, North Richland Hills

FYI: 6-1/222; 4 stars; No. 50 on the Fabulous 55

White might be the most likely A&M commit to truly consider flipping to the Longhorns. He visited Texas a few weeks ago despite committing to Texas A&M in August. The big, fast linebacker can play outside or inside linebacker for defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, who prefers players with speed over size. White was flirting with Texas even before Sumlin was fired, so expect the Longhorns to continue to chase him. The coaching staff is set to visit White for an in-home visit this week.

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