Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M regularly battle for in-state recruiting supremacy, with the Longhorns owning the crown since the 2018 class, Tom Herman’s first full cycle as head coach. Texas is once again in an early lead, holding the 10th-ranked class in the nation and 14 commitments. Oklahoma ranks 15th and has 11 pledges, while Texas A&M sits at No. 19 and possesses 12 commitments.
While the three schools are relatively even right now recruiting offensive prospects, Texas starts to show why its class is ranked the highest on defense. The Longhorns are piecing together strong groups along the defensive line and in the secondary.
Texas: 3 — Ja’Tavion Sanders, ATH, Denton Ryan (5-stars; 6-3, 220; No. 2-ranked athlete); Jordon Thomas, DE, Port Arthur Memorial (4-stars; 6-3, 240; No. 15-ranked weakside defensive end); Derrick Harris Jr., DE, New Caney (4-stars; 6-2, 215; No. 16-ranked weakside end)
Texas A&M: 2 — Jahzion Harris, DE, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall (4-stars; 6-4, 215; No. 13-ranked weakside end); Victory Vaka, DE, Westlake Village, Calif. (3-stars; 6-2, 350; No. 22-ranked weakside end)
Oklahoma: 4 — Clayton Smith, DE, Texas High (4-stars; 6-4, 220; No. 4-ranked weakside end); Ethan Downs, DE, Weatherford, Okla. (4-stars; 6-4, 240; No. 9-ranked weakside end); Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge, DE, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson (6-7, 240; No. 21-ranked strong-side end); Isaiah Coe, DT, Iowa Western C.C. (3-stars; 6-3, 305; No. 1-ranked JUCO defensive tackle)
This is a close one, as Texas holds the pledges of three elite-level defensive ends. But I’m leaning toward Oklahoma because of Coe, the top-rated junior college defensive tackle in the country. The three prep commitments from each team are essentially even. Coe gives the Sooners the advantage because of his potential impact in 2021.
Texas: 1 — Morice Blackwell, OLB, Arlington Martin (4-stars; 6-1, 196; No. 22-ranked outside linebacker)
Texas A&M: 1 — Kaci Seegars, OLB, Cornelius (N.C.) Amos Hough (3-stars; 6-2, 215; No. 58-ranked outside linebacker)
Oklahoma: 1 — Danny Stutsman, OLB, Winter Garden (Fla.) Foundation Academy (3-stars; 6-2, 215; No. 33-ranked outside linebacker)
This one is simple. Each school holds a commitment from one outside linebacker and Texas’ — Blackwell — is the highest-rated of the bunch.
Texas: 4 — Billy Bowman, ATH, Denton Ryan (4-stars; 5-10, 175; No. 3-ranked athlete); Ishmael Ibraheem, CB, Dallas Kimball (4-stars; 6-1, 175; No. 13-ranked cornerback); JD Coffey, S, Kennedale (4-stars; 6-0, 180; No. 7-ranked safety); Jamier Johnson, CB, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir (4-stars; 6-0, 170; No. 17-ranked cornerback)
Texas A&M: 3 — Dreyden Norwood, CB, Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside (4-stars; 6-0, 175; No. 19-ranked cornerback); Deuce Harmon, CB, Denton Guyer (4-stars; 5-9, 185; No. 22-ranked cornerback); Tyreek Chappell, CB, Philadelphia (Pa.) Northeast (3-stars; 5-11, 177; No. 53-ranked cornerback)
Oklahoma: 2 — Latrell McCutchin, CB, Austin LBJ (4-stars; 6-1, 176; No. 11-ranked cornerback); Jordan Mukes, S, Choctaw, Okla. (3-stars; 6-4, 192; No. 33-ranked safety)
Assuming Bowman winds up at safety, the Longhorns are putting together a group of defensive backs on par with their 2018 class that included Caden Sterns, D’Shawn Jamison, Jalen Green and BJ Foster. The four UT pledges are among the best group of defensive backs currently committed to a school; Bowman and Coffee are game-changing safeties and Texas thinks it’s found a pair of long, high-upside corners in Ibraheem and Johnson.