KATY — Nine sophomores currently hold offers from Texas. Three of those were in action Thursday night when Katy Tompkins edged past Katy Taylor 27-24 at Legacy Stadium. The win clinched the first-ever playoff berth for Tompkins.
One of Tompkins’ main cogs is 2021 defensive end Tumise Adeleye. The 6-3, 260-pound lineman is one of three defensive ends in the class with a UT offer.
“Recruiting is another step in my journey,” Adeleye said after the win. “Knowing I can play college football is nice and everything, but I’m more worried about growing as a football player and helping this team keep achieving new levels. Getting offers and knowing college will be paid for is great, but I’ll worry more about that in the future.”
Adeleye visited a camp at Texas in June and picked up an offer on Sept. 15 while he was in town to watch Texas beat USC. He also holds offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, Baylor, UTSA and Houston. While he may not be focused on recruiting, he is starting to feel more comfortable at the varsity level and is starting to understand how to be a football player rather than just a big, athletic prospect.
“It’s assignment football at the varsity level. I could just run up the field and go make plays as a freshman,” he said. “I’m learning how to do my job and play within our system. My success will come from the team success.”
The other two 2021 prospects on the field with Texas offers play offensive line for Katy Taylor. Four-star prospects Bryce Foster and Hayden Conner are considered two of the top big men in 2021. The duo had its hands full with Adeleye, who in turn left the game with a ton of respect for his peers on the other side of the football.
“That Katy Taylor offensive line deserves the hype,” he said. “That is the best offensive line I’ve played against. We were able to do enough to win and that’s what matters.”
Katy is a well-known football town, but all the success and tradition is at Katy High. The growth in the area and the addition of multiple schools spread out the talent, and it created a chip on the shoulder of athletes not at the Katy everyone knows as a powerhouse. There is a clear little brother syndrome that exists; Adeleye hopes to be part of the group that alters the perception of the schools around the mighty Katy program.
“We want our own legacy, and we’re starting to build it by making the playoffs,” he said. “There are a ton of great players in this area and not all of them play for Katy High School. The game tonight is proof. There are guys on both sides of the ball heading to college for football. We use it as motivation. We know Katy gets all of the love and they deserve it, but we want people to know we’re here.”
Another prospect at the game was 2019 offensive tackle Andrew Coker. The four-star TCU commit does hold a Texas offer and the struggles of the Horned Frogs combined with the success in Austin have made some wonder if the 2019 Fabulous 55 member would rethink his commitment.
“I’m still solid on TCU,” Coker said.
Texas likely now turns its attention to JUCO offensive linemen and an under-the-radar prep prospect. The Longhorns hold commitments from two four-stars in Tyler Johnson and Javonne Shepherd. Both project to tackle, but the Longhorns need at least two more players at the position in the cycle with at least one expected from the JUCO route to provide instant depth.