The Longhorns and Aggies no longer face off on the football field. That hasn’t ended the rivalry, however, especially on the recruiting trail. Texas scored a major victory Friday afternoon when four-star safety Xavion Alford picked Tom Herman’s program over the one ran by Jimbo Fisher. The 6-0, 182-pounder from Alvin Shadow Creek is the eighth-ranked safety in the 2020 class and No. 15 on the 2020 Fabulous 55.
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“I love Texas’ defense. It is similar to what we do at our high school,” he said. “It’s safety-oriented and that’s a fun defense to play in because it’s all about speed.”
Skill set: Alford is the 16th pledge in the 2020 class, and the second at safety, joining four-star Lufkin native Jerrin Thompson. Alford is the most versatile defensive back in the state. He can play corner, safety or nickel. He was a first-team all-district selection after recording 61 tackles and six interceptions in 2018. He helped lead Shadow Creek to a state championship game appearance in Class 5A Division I.
Immediate impact: Alford wants to play right away and he’ll be in line for snaps as a freshman with Brandon Jones destined for graduation. There will be a spot up for grabs next to Caden Sterns in 2020 and Alford wants to make a similar impact as a true freshman as the one made by Sterns. The Longhorns utilize multiple safeties and Alford wants to be part of those speciality packages. He can also help on special teams until his days as a starter commence.
Fitting into the program: Alford chose Texas because of his fit within the program. He enjoys the scheme deployed by defensive coordinator Todd Orlando because it is a safety-centric system. Alford can play all over the field and that type of versatility is what the Longhorns crave in defensive backs. Alford knows most of the Houston-area prospects Texas signed over the past few seasons and should fit in easily at Texas, especially since his high school runs a similar defense as Texas.
Recruiting at the position: Texas now stands pat with Alford and Thompson committed at safety. The Longhorns also hold pledges from cornerbacks Kitan Crawford and Ethan Pouncey. The next priority in the secondary is rangy cornerback Joshua Eaton, who plays select 7-on-7 with Alford at Fast Houston. It’s another quality haul of defensive backs secured by assistant coaches Jason Washington and Craig Naivar.
Texas' 2020 recruiting classA list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class.
|Hudson Card||QB||Lake Travis||4||May 25 (2018)|
|Logan Parr||OG||San Antonio O'Connor||4||Oct. 28 (2018)|
|Jake Majors||OG||Prosper||4||Jan. 24|
|Jaylen Garth||OT||Port Neches-Groves||4||Feb. 17|
|Jaden Hullaby||ATH||Bishop Dunne||3||March 30|
|Ja'Quinden Jackson||QB/ATH||Duncanville||4||June 3|
|Kitan Crawford||CB||John Tyler||4||June 21|
|Prince Dorbah||OLB||Highland Park||4||July 9|
|Vernon Broughton||DT||Cy Ridge||4||July 17|
|Van Fillinger||DE||Canyon Court (Utah)||3||July 18|
|Andrej Karic||OT||Southlake Carroll||3||July 24|
|Bijan Robinson||RB||Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.)||5||Aug. 2|
|Ethan Pouncey||CB||Winter Park (Fla.)||4||Aug. 6|
|Jerrin Thompson||S||Lufkin||4||Aug. 11|
|Princely Umanmielen||DE||Manor||4||Aug. 12|
|Xavion Alford||S||Alvin Shadow Creek||4||Aug. 16|
|Quentin Johnston||WR||Temple||4||Aug. 17|
|Joshua Eaton||CB||Aldine Macarthur||4||Aug. 23|
|Ty Jordan||RB||West Mesquite||3||Sept. 15|
|Troy Omeire||WR||Fort Bend Austin||4||Sept. 20|