The Orange-White Game is as more showcase than actual game. A spring game is a chance to fill the void of football offseason for fans anticipating a big year for the Longhorns. It also offered the coaching staff the opportunity to host dozens of top targets in the 2020 and 2021 classes. Recruits came in from across the nation to watch the game, visit campus and see Ludacris perform.
The score never mattered, not to the recruits. It was an opportunity to hang out in the same place for the 2020 targets and current commits.
“For today, I focused more on hanging out with guys and the coaching staff because it’s not every day that we’re all in the same place at the same time,” said offensive line commit Logan Parr. “I had a great time with the commits and guys like Vernon (Broughton) and Chad (Lindberg).”
Broughton is clearly a top target for Texas because fellow commit Jake Majors also mentioned hanging out with the four-star defensive tackle from Houston Cypress Ranch.
“It was an amazing time with Logan, Jaylen (Garth), Hudson (Card) and Chad (Lindberg) at the game,” Majors said. “It’s always good hanging out with my guys and I was also able to meet Vernon Broughton, who is hands down a great player and even a better guy to hang around with.”
For the younger guys, the spring game was another chance to grow relationships with the coaching staff.
“I had a great time at the game this year,” said 2021 five-star offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer. “I always love to come down to Austin and see the whole coaching staff.”
Brockermeyer is considered the best offensive lineman in the cycle. Texas holds an advantage with his dad Blake a Texas-ex and his brother Luke currently playing linebacker. The Longhorns tightened that advantage on Saturday by offering his brother and fellow offensive lineman James Brockermeyer. The 2021 class is stacked with offensive line talent. The trio of Reuben Fatheree II, Hayden Connor and Bryce Foster were in town for the spring game. All are potential five-star talents. The three are usually found with fellow five-star offensive tackle Donovan Jackson, but he went to Ohio State’s spring game.
“We talk about recruiting all the time. I guess we compare notes,” Fatheree said. “I had a great time hanging out with coach (Herb) Hand. The atmosphere for the spring game was impressive.”
The Austin area is home to a pair of elite defensive linemen and both were at the Orange-White game. Bastrop Cedar Creek defensive end Alfred Collins and Manor defensive lineman Princely Umanmielen are priority targets. Umanmielen is a bigger player with the potential to grow into a defensive end. Collins is a traditional defensive end with a 6-5 frame. Both are members of the 2020 Fabulous 55.
“It got cold, but it was great and the atmosphere was hyped,” Collins said. “The one thing you notice at these spring games is how hard the guys go all of the time.”
One of the top defensive back targets in the 2020 cycle is Aldine MacArthur cornerback Joshua Eaton. His stock soared this offseason with Texas among the first power schools to throw him an offer. He was in town with Fast 7v7 teammates like safety target Xavion Alford. Eaton was impressed with the defensive performances.
“The game was great. I love how the defense was making plays. The defensive backs really showed something Saturday night,” said the three-star. “The atmosphere was great and I loved every part of it.”
A 2021 cornerback to watch is Katy’s Hunter Washington, who was recently awarded four-star status.
“Texas was the best visit out of all the visits I’ve been at. It just felt like home to me personally. I could get used to the atmosphere at Texas,” Washington said. “I also enjoyed talking with coach (Craig) Naivar. I really like his character.”
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