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West Mesquite running back Ty Jordan is among a new breed of three-dimensional talents. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: Ten important recruits visiting Texas for the LSU game

Posted September 6th, 2019

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The LSU game on Saturday night offers Texas the chance to make a statement on the football field and on the recruiting trail. Texas A&M and Oklahoma are first mentioned when discussing Texas’ recruiting rivals, but LSU is as much a threat in Houston as Oklahoma is in Dallas. The two teams battle each other for talent in Houston every cycle, and a win for either team provides bragging rights for a calendar year. 

The amount of high school talented expected to attend the game is staggering. The Longhorns were forced to start turning down prospects because the sideline passes reached capacity. A dozen of Texas’ 2020 commits will attend, as will most of the seven pledges in the 2021 class. 

Salpointe Catholic five-star running back Bijan Robinson pledged to Texas on Aug. 2. (Mike Craven)

Texas is in good position: A win helps more than a loss hurts, especially if LSU wins a tight one.

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Here are 10 of the high-priority prospects expected in town. 

Bijan Robinson, running back, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic

Status: Committed 

Robinson isn’t on de-commitment watch and he was adamant during my recent time in Arizona that Texas was his future home. Still, it can’t hurt to make a good impression on the top-rated player in your 2020 class, especially when he lives out of state. It’ll also serve as a good reminder to Robinson that plenty of snaps are guaranteed in his freshman season in Austin. 

Ty Jordan, running back, West Mesquite 

Status: Uncommitted 

Texas wants to pair Jordan, a smaller back, with Robinson, a more traditional, every-down running back. Jordan is small in stature, checking in at 5-7 and 183 pounds. He’s known for making big plays, however, as he earned first-team all-district honors as a junior. He’s also considering USC. Jordan could leave Austin committed to Texas. 

Tommy Brockermeyer, offensive tackle, Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal 

Status: Uncommitted (2021)

Most feel that Brockermeyer is the highest-upside tackle in the 2021 class, and I’m not just talking about in Texas. Brockermeyer is the No. 1-rated tackle in the country and is a Texas legacy. His twin brother, James, is also a UT target for  2021 and both are expected in Austin for the matchup against LSU. 

JoJo Earle, wide receiver, Aledo

Status: Uncommitted (2021)

The playmaker from Aledo is Texas’ top target at slot receiver for the 2021 class and another strong visit to Austin keeps the Longhorns in the driver’s seat. He was a force on a state championship team as just a sophomore last year, recording more than 1,000 yards receiving. He’s electric after the catch and on special teams. 

Donovan Jackson, offensive tackle, Houston Bellaire Episcopal

Status: Uncommitted (2021)

In a class stacked with in-state offensive line talent, Jackson is my favorite. His upside might not be the same as Brockermeyer because Jackson isn’t that tall or long, but he’s the best pure blocker in Texas if we’re taking a poll for right now. Sure, he may end up playing guard one day, but so did Connor Williams. Jackson was the offensive line MVP at The Opening Finals over the summer. 

Pleasant Grove defensive end Landon Jackson is an elite prospect in the 2021 class. (Mike Craven)

Landon Jackson, defensive end, Texarkana Pleasant-Grove

Status: Uncommitted (2021)

Jackson is the best defensive lineman in Texas for the 2021 cycle. The Longhorns are in the midst of a clean sweep at the position in 2020 if Bastrop Cedar Creek’s Alfred Collins joins the fold. Jackson is the top priority for Oscar Giles in the 2021 class. He’s a true game-changer at 6-6, 240 pounds. 

Ja’Tavion Sanders, athlete, Denton Ryan 

Status: Uncommitted (2021)

The status of Sanders could change after the weekend if Texas pushes for an early commitment. His teammate, Billy Bowman, is one of seven UT pledges for 2021. Sanders is a big-bodied athlete with the potential to play on either side of the football. He’s a 6-3, 220-pound player with the option to play tight end or grow into an edge-rusher. 

JD Coffey, safety, Kennedale

Status: Uncommitted (2021)

Coffey remains the only true safety in the 2021 class with an offer from Texas. The 6-0, 180-pound four-star is obviously a favorite of the Longhorns, and Texas is undoubtedly at the top of Coffey’s list. He’s recorded 12 interceptions at the varsity level as an underclassman. 

Clayton Smith, outside linebacker, Texas High 

Status: Uncommitted (2021)

The 2021 cycle is a good year for linebackers and Smith could be the best of the bunch inside the Lone Star State. The Longhorns like him as a potential B-backer, the position currently manned by Joseph Ossai. The 6-4, 215-pound four-star also holds an offer from LSU. He recorded nine tackles for loss and two sacks as a sophomore. 

Camar Wheaton, running back, Garland Lakeview Centennial 

Status: Uncommitted (2021)

The nation’s top running back in the 2021 class left every in-state school off his finalists list. Jase McClellan, the state’s other five-star back in 2020, is pledged to Oklahoma. The Longhorns want to stop the trend of elite backs leaving the state and Wheaton is currently ranked as the nation’s best in 2021. 

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