It was Texas’ turn to host recruits during this year’s Red River Showdown against Oklahoma. The home team gets to invite and host prospects at the game, like it would for a normal home game. Dozens of commitments and targets were at the Cotton Bowl to watch another classic between the two rivals. It’s a unique event in college football and one that left an impression on the future Longhorns.
“That was my first time experiencing the Red River Rivalry in person. I’ve heard about how crazy it gets, but it’s different to actually experience it,” said Jalen Milroe, a quarterback from Katy Tomkins who is committed to UT for 2021. “The fans from Oklahoma and Texas were electric.”
The Longhorns lost 34-27, but that didn’t dampen the experience of Texas’ future quarterback.
“The game was awesome,” Milroe said. “It was a good game. Texas fell short to a great opponent. The split of orange and red (in the stands) was crazy.”
The Brockermeyer family is no stranger to the Texas-OU rivalry. Blake Brockermeyer was a star at Texas who played in the NFL. Luke Brockermeyer is a linebacker for the Longhorns. Two recruits with the last name Brockermeyer were also in attendance for the game. Tommy and James Brockermeyer are among the most wanted offensive linemen in the 2021 class. Tommy is a five-star tackle missing his junior year while recovering from shoulder surgery. James is Texas’ center target for the cycle.
“I thought the atmosphere was great,” James Brockermeyer said. “It’s always fun to see two top teams battle it out, especially in that game.”
The storyline of the contest was the poor performance from Texas’ offensive line.
“It looked to me like a communication issue with passing off the games and stunts that the Oklahoma defensive line was utilizing,” Brockermeyer said. “Hard to know for sure if you aren’t in the offensive line room, though.”
A local Baylor commit also was in Dallas as a guest of the Longhorns. With rumors swirling that Texas could lose the commitment of Aldine MacArthur four-star cornerback Joshua Eaton to Oklahoma, the Longhorns are on the hunt for a replacement. One option could be Jahdae Barron, the Pflugerville Connally three-star pledged to Baylor.
“I loved the energy in the stadium,” Barron said. “It was a great rivalry to be at.”
Barron is a 5-11, 175-pound prospect who ranks just outside the 2020 Fabulous 55. He picked Baylor in June over 14 other reported offers. He’s the 36th-ranked cornerback in the country, per 247Sports’ composite ratings. He recorded six interceptions as a junior.
Rockdale isn’t exactly local, but it is not a long drive to Austin. That’s the home of Cam’ron Valdez, one of the state’s top running backs for 2021. He was another junior at the Cotton Bowl. The 5-9, 180-pound four-star is hopeful that a UT offer is coming.
“The game was great. It was my first time being there, and the atmosphere was different. I couldn’t imagine playing in that stadium,” Valdez said. “The Texas offense was real balanced.”
Texas is already paying attention to the top sophomores in the 2022 class with the new pace of modern recruiting. The 2020 class is nearly wrapped up. Texas already holds eight commitments for 2021 and has identified most of the other targets in that class. It’s evaluation time for the sophomores. Alvin Shadow Creek safety Jaiden Scott is sure to eventually pick up an offer. He was one of the youngest prospects invited to the Red River Showdown.
“I really enjoyed the game,” Scott said. “As a recruit, I am watching for scheme and what fits my style of play more than who wins. The atmosphere and vibes at the game were amazing. I look forward to getting to Austin soon.”
Texas holds a commitment from his teammate and fellow safety, Xavion Alford.
“We talk about it every day,” Scott said. “He’s just like a big brother to me. Texas was a childhood favorite of mine, so the Longhorns would be in it regardless, though.”