The Red River Showdown extends far beyond the Cotton Bowl and into the schools that produce the top high school talent across the nation. Texas and Oklahoma are rivals in the truest form. They play for bragging rights each October and battle for the top high school players in the country. And just like on the field in Dallas, each team has won some and lost some, including in the 2018 class. Tom Herman signed the third-ranked class in the nation. Oklahoma inked the ninth-ranked class and the second-best class in the Big 12.
The Texas wins
Jalen Green, cornerback, Houston Heights
FYI: 6-0/171; 4 stars; No. 47-ranked prospect
Texas’ top competition for Green, one of the state’s top cornerback prospects, was highly sought after by most top programs, including Oklahoma. LSU was probably Texas’ top competition for Green’s signature and he was one of more than a dozen members of the 2018 Fabulous 55 to pick the Longhorns. Green has played in two games.
Cam Rising, quarterback, Newbury Park, Calif.
FYI: 6-1/235; 4 stars; No. 247-ranked prospect
Rising originally committed to Oklahoma before flipping to Texas prior to his senior season. He’s set to redshirt this season.
Moro Ojomo, defensive tackle, Katy
FYI: 6-3/280; 3 stars; No. 390-ranked prospect
Ojomo emerged after the early signing period as one of the top prospects left on the board and that meant Texas was in a dog fight to sign the young defensive tackle with amazing upside. Oklahoma was one of the schools making a push for him. It was Texas who signed the big man, who has yet to turn 18 and is likely to redshirt.
Byron Vaughns, outside linebacker, Fort Worth Eastern Hills
FYI: 6-3.5/216; 3 stars; No. 446-ranked prospect
Formerly known as Byron Hobbs, Vaughns changed his last name once on campus because he was raised by his stepdad, Paul. Hobbs committed to the Longhorns early so it is easy to forget that the three-star outside linebacker was a high priority for the Sooners before committing to the Longhorns.
The Oklahoma wins
Ronnie Perkins, defensive end, Lutheran North (Mo.)
FYI: 6-2.5/256; 4 stars; No. 66-ranked prospect
Texas pursued Perkins hard before The Opening and U.S. Army All-American alumnus chose Oklahoma over the Longhorns. The undersized defensive lineman makes up for his lack of length with strength and leverage. He’s already forced himself on the field and has registered 13 tackles, including four for loss, in five games.
Ron Tatum, defensive end, Putnam City (Okla.)
FYI: 6-4.5/269; 4 stars; No. 101-ranked prospect
Tatum was a one-time UT commit before flipping and staying in-state to attend Oklahoma. He’s yet to make a real impact for the Sooners but his upside is tremendous. He’s a big, agile lineman who likely ends up at defensive tackle at Oklahoma. He played defensive end in high school.
DaShaun White, outside linebacker, Richland
FYI: 6-1/222; 4 stars; No. 205-ranked prospect
White is an outside linebacker with freakish athleticism. He was the top outside linebacker target for nearly every school in the south because he was one of the few elite prospects in Texas to not sign during the initial early signing period. White has played primarily special teams in five games and has nine tackles.
Nik Bonitto, outside linebacker, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
FYI: 6-2.5/204; 4 stars; No. 220-ranked prospect
Bonitto almost committed to the Longhorns in the early signing period. Oklahoma gained the late momentum and the Florida native announced his intention to sign with the Sooners at the Under Armour All-American Game. He’s recorded three tackles in the two games he’s played.