MISSOURI CITY — When it comes to football, recruiting remains the only place where Texas or Texas A&M can score a win against each other. And the Longhorns struck a real blow on Sept. 20 when four-star wide receiver Troy Omeire announced his decision to flip commitments from maroon to burnt orange.
In a recruiting reality that provides few surprises, Omeire was able to leave the entire state shocked.
“It was about the football,” Omeire said Thursday after his Fort Bend Austin squad earned its first win of the season by beating Fort Bend Dulles. “Texas is a place that’ll help me put up stats and get me ready for the next level like they have for Brennan (Eagles) and the other big wide receivers that come through there.”
The 6-3, 210-pound prospect caught seven passes for more than 100 yards in the win, including a 38-yard touchdown. He also ran the ball on jet sweeps and as the quarterback in a Wildcat formation. Dulles left him in man-coverage for most of the game to try and stop Austin’s running game. It didn’t work.
“If a team plays me one-on-one, it is up to me to win that matchup,” Omeire said. “That should be an easy win for me as a wide receiver.”
Omeire also starts at cornerback and in the return game. He takes pride in playing nearly every snap of a game. It earned him first-team all-district honors as a junior and a senior. He’s ranked No. 16 on the 2020 Fabulous 55.
“It was great,” Omeire said of the win. “We just needed to stay calm and focused. Our hard work paid off. We’re excited for district play.”
Talent isn’t a question for Omeire. He’s big, fast and tough. He’s already built like a college wide receiver. His head coach gives the credit to a higher power.
“He has a lot of physical tools and a skill set that only God can take credit for,” Fort Bend Austin head coach Mike Arogbonlo said. “He continues to grow in practice with how he practices and leads his teammates. He has a huge frame and catch radius and he also runs well, blocks and catches everything.”
Texas beat out A&M because of offensive scheme and persistence. Tom Herman and his staff never relented when Omeire pledged to the Aggies on June 8. Omeire admits he wasn’t open to the dialogue at first, but the Longhorns made headway through his head coach and mom.
“Texas just kept talking to me,” Omeire said. “I didn’t keep up with them at first, but I kept watching them play and I loved that offense.”
Omeire also credited his relationship with fellow UT commits Xavion Alford and Joshua Eaton as a reason for switching.
“I know nearly everyone committed to Texas, and a lot of guys from Houston are already on campus,” Omeire said. “It felt like I’m already part of the team, and I can’t wait to get back to Austin as a commitment.”
Omeire was the 20th prospect to pledge to Texas. The 2020 class ranks fifth in the nation and first in the Big 12.