The wins on the field are starting to catch the eye of recruits. The Longhorns knocked off TCU, 31-16, Saturday afternoon to move to 3-1 on the season. The loss to Maryland feels like a carryover from 2017. This is a new team. This is a different team. This is a winning team. Prospects want a lot of things in the process, but winning remains the top priority for all.
“Texas is starting to look like a championship team. The defense is starting to play solid,” said 2021 defensive end Landyn Watson of Hutto High School. He was a visitor for USC and is getting more attention from the defensive staff as a sophomore. “The players are having fun. The guys are starting to get it. Being able to play without thinking makes you 10 times faster, dominant and more productive.”
The back-to-back wins made an impression on the top two players in the 2020 class. Demond Demas, a five-star wide receiver from North Forest, was back on campus to watch the TCU game a week after visiting Austin to see the Longhorns beat USC. He committed to Texas A&M earlier in the season, but consecutive visits put Texas back in the mix.
“It was cool, man. I enjoyed it,” Demas said about his visits. “I’ve wanted to see Texas be more explosive on offense and guys like Collin Johnson and LJ (Humphrey) are showing what this offense can do in the passing game.”
The other five-star in the 2020 class taking notice is running back Zach Evans, the No. 1 player on the Next 25 and the consensus top junior in the state. He’s led Galena Park North Shore to an undefeated start, which includes wins over Katy and Spring Westfield. Still, he wants to see the Longhorns do it in Dallas against its most bitter rival.
“I want to see if they can do it against Oklahoma,” Evans said. “The offensive line is getting better at getting to the next level on double teams.”
The 2019 class remains the priority and one of the top targets remaining at wide receiver admits the Longhorns are higher on his list now than Herman’s squad was to start the season. Elijah Higgins, a four-star talent from Austin Bowie, ranks No. 23 on the 2019 Fabulous 55. Texas was listed in his top seven along with schools like Florida, Ohio State, Stanford, Ole Miss and Arkansas. The big-bodied wide receiver is liking the increased role of one Longhorn in particular.
“LJ (Humphrey) is getting the ball and that’s the mold I think they want me to fill,” Higgins said Saturday night. “(Big wins) are something everyone’s been waiting on from Texas. They’re moving up fast.”
Kenyatta Watson II, an out-of-state cornerback commit from Grayson High School in Georgia, sees the wins as confirmation for why he chose Texas in May.
“It feels good we are on the rise,” said the four-star. “It makes everyone feel like we made the right decision.”