Duncanville offensive tackle Savion Byrd is a four-star in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven)

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Where does Texas turn at offensive line with Tommy, James Brockermeyer off recruiting board?

Posted July 17th, 2020

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Texas’ pursuit for the best offensive line prospects in the state took a hit Friday afternoon when Tommy and James Brockermeyer chose Alabama over the Longhorns and dozens of other major programs. Tommy is a five-star offensive tackle ranking second on the 2021 Fabulous 55. James, a center, is a four-star checking in at No. 40.

Katy Taylor offensive guard Bryce Foster is the top-ranked guard in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven)

The twins are among the 17 offensive linemen in the 2021 class with an offer from the Longhorns. Katy Taylor offensive linemen Hayden Conner remains Texas’ lone offensive line commit. Tom Herman’s 2021 class ranks 10th in the nation and first in the Big 12. 

The loss of the Brockermeyer twin stings extra given the pair’s family ties to the Texas program. Their father, Blake, played offensive line for the Longhorns in the 1990s. Their older brother, Luke, is currently an outside linebacker on the team. 

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Don’t expect the Longhorns to stop their pursuit of the Brockermeyer twins strictly because of their commitment. Recruiting continues until a player signs a national letter of intent, which can’t happen until mid-December. 

Savion Byrd, offensive tackle, Duncanville

FYI: 6-5, 265; four stars; No. 6-ranked offensive tackle

Texas has offered 10 offensive tackles thus far in the 2021 cycle. Byrd is one of the four uncommitted, and one of only two within the state of Texas. He must be Texas’ top priority at the position with Tommy Brockermeyer seemingly off of the recruiting board. Byrd is an athletic big man, playing defensive tackle for a Class 6A Division I state finalist. The only other in-state offensive tackle with an offer who remains uncommitted is Denton Braswell’s Erick Cade. 

Byrd developed an early connection with Texas offensive line coach Herb Hand. Texas was one of Byrd’s first major offers as the Longhorns frequently stopped by Duncanville during the successful recruitment of 2020 quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson. Byrd and Jackson are close. That bodes well for Texas. Byrd holds 21 offers. The Longhorns must beat the likes of SMU, Oklahoma and LSU for his signature.   

Bryce Foster, guard, Katy Taylor

FYI: 6-4, 315; four stars; No. 4-ranked guard

Foster remains the top target at guard for Texas despite rumblings that Oklahoma is the clear-cut favorite. The Longhorns hold commitments from his teammate, Conner, and Katy Tompkins quarterback Jalen Milroe, who played with Foster and Conner in middle school. Foster also wants to compete on the track and field team as a thrower, which should benefit Texas considering the Longhorns field a stronger team than Oklahoma, Texas’ biggest rivals for the signature of “The Mountain”, as he’s known in the recruiting world. Foster is one of five guards offered by the Longhorns, and one of two left uncommitted. The other is Jagen Burton, a four-star from Kentucky. 

Michael Mylinski, center, Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, Fla.)

FYI: 6-2, 285; three stars; No. 17-ranked center 

James Brockermeyer was Texas’ lone offer at center until Myslinski received one on April 3. His offer list is impressive with the Longhorns left to battle it out with Iowa, Florida State and Maryland. The three-star possesses strong blood lines. His father, Tom, played offensive line at Tennessee before a nine-year NFL career. Tom is currently the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1. Donovan JacksonOGBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Ohio State
2. Tommy BrockermeyerOTFort Worth All Saints Episcopal (TAPPS)Alabama
3. Ja'Tavion SandersATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
4.Landon JacksonDETexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)LSU
5. Bryce FosterOGKaty Taylor (6A)Uncommitted
6.Billy BowmanATHDenton Ryan (5A)Texas
7. Savion ByrdOTDuncanville (6A)Uncommitted
8. Preston StoneQBParish Episcopal (TAPPS)SMU
9.Shadrach BanksWRGalena Park North Shore (6A)Texas A&M
10.Jalen MilroeQBKaty Tompkins (6A)Texas
11. Marcus BurrisDTTexarkana Pleasant Grove (3A)Uncommitted
12.LJ JohnsonRBCy-Fair (6A)Uncommitted
13. Cody JacksonWRRichmond Foster (5A)Oklahoma
14.Quaydarius DavisWRDallas Skyline (6A)USC
15.Camar WheatonRBGarland Lakeview Centennial (6A)Uncommitted
16.Latrell McCutchinCBAustin LBJ (4A)Oklahoma
17. JoJo EarleWRAledo (5A)LSU
18. Ishmael IbraheemCBDallas Kimball (5A)Texas
19.Dematrius DavisQBGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
20. Reuben FathereeOTRichmond Foster (5A)Texas A&M
21.Dametrious CrownoverTEGrandview (3A)Uncommitted
22. Sawyer RobertsonQBLubbock Coronado (5A)Mississippi State
23.Clayton SmithOLBTexas High (6A)Oklahoma
24.Theodore KnoxWRThe Woodlands (6A)Mississippi State
25. Jordon ThomasDEPort Arthur Memorial (5A)Texas
26.Derrick Harris Jr.OLBNew Caney (5A)Texas
27.Kendall BlackshireILBDuncanville (6A)Alabama
28. Ketron JacksonWRRoyse City (5A)Uncommitted
29.Landyn WatsonDEHutto (5A)Uncommitted
30.Eli StowersQBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
31. Hayden ConnerOTKaty Taylor (6A)Texas
32.JD CoffeySKennedale (4A)Texas
33.Brandon CampbellRBLamar Consolidated (5A)USC
34.Cullen MontgomeryOTBellaire Episcopal (TAPPS)Oklahoma
35.Behren MortonQBEastland (3A)Texas Tech
36. Hunter WashingtonCBKaty (6A)Florida State
37.KJ LigginsWRDenton Guyer (6A)Uncommitted
38. Shemar TurnerDEDeSoto (6A)Uncommitted
39.Jaeden RobertsOGGalena Park North Shore (6A)Auburn
40.James BrockermeyerOCFort Worth All Saints (TAPPS)Alabama
41. Cisco CatsonSWeatherford (6A)Baylor
42.Bryson GreenWRAllen (6A)Oklahoma State
43.Latrell NevilleWRFort Bend Hightower (6A)Nebraska
44. Kyron DronesQBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Baylor
45.Erick CadeOTBraswell (5A)Uncommitted
46. Deuce HarmonCBDenton Guyer (6A)Texas A&M
47.Terrence CooksOLBAlvin Shadow Creek (6A)Uncommitted
48. Lake McReeTELake Travis (6A)USC
49.Cam'Ron ValdezRBRockdale (4A)Uncommitted
50.Matthew WykoffOTMagnolia (5A)Texas A&M
51.Jordan JenkinsRBLindale (5A)Baylor
52.David AbiaraDEMansfield Legacy (5A)Notre Dame
53.E'maurion BanksDEWichita Falls Rider (5A)Texas Tech
54.Shedeur SandersQBCedar Hill Trinity Christian (TAPPS)Florida Atlantic
55.Byron Murphy IIDTDeSoto (6A)Baylor

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