There has certainly been a lot going on around the University of Texas in recent days.
Linebacker Malik Jefferson is a top Texas target in 2015.
The Longhorns lost to BYU Saturday night in a surprisingly one-sided 40-21 game. The defense gave up over 550 yards rushing and, in the aftermath, head coach [Mack Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on Sunday.
The question now is what will the fallout be on recruiting?
Diaz also served as the linebacker coach so it makes sense that, of all the positions, the linebackers will probably be the recruits that are the most affected.
Houston Cy Falls four-star linebacker Otaro Alaka likely sticks with his pledge as does Tampa (Fla.) Plant’s Andrew Beck. However, the one to watch is Dallas Carter’s Cameron Hampton. The three-star prospect says he will have to do some serious thinking before deciding what to do.
Looking at the class of 2015, Texas’ biggest linebacker target is Malik Jefferson of Mesquite (Texas) Poteet. Though other schools are in it as well, the battle for Jefferson is primarily between Texas and Texas A&M. Jefferson was close to Diaz so the firing will likely affect him quite a bit.
In addition to Diaz being fired, there has been a lot of speculation among Texas fans that Brown could be gone soon as well, especially if the Longhorns struggle the rest of the season. That would certainly have a huge effect on the recruiting class if it does indeed happen. Other schools would love to try to poach such Texas commits as defensive end Derick Roberson, athlete Kevin Shorter and cornerback Jermaine Roberts.
Texas, Baylor battling
It has been interesting the past couple of years as Baylor has improved on the field how they have been stepping up in recruiting as well. The Bears have started to win head-to-head battles against the traditional Big 12 powers.
Nine out of 10 Crystal Ball predictions have 2015 RB JaMycal Hasty headed to Baylor.
Texas seems to be the main school that the Bears have gone up against with Baylor winning out for the likes of Robbie Rhodes, Andrew Billings, KD Cannon and Ishmael Zamora over the last two recruiting cycles.
Texas has won more than its fair share over the Bears during that time as well. However, the class of 2015 is shaping up to again be very competitive between the two.
Baylor has already won out for quarterback/wide receiver Chad President while Texas has beaten the Bears for offensive linemen Maea Teuhema and Aaron Garza. There are lots more interesting battles to watch though.
Longview, Texas, Top247 running back JaMycal Hasty looks to be down to the two schools. Baylor appears to have the slight edge right now. Stephenville, Texas, quarterback Jarrett Stidham will also be a battle between those two schools, along with Kentucky.
Some other in-state players that are considering both programs include Cedar Hill wide receiver Damarkus Lodge, Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wheeler, Fort Bend Marshall quarterback/athlete J.W. Ketchum III and cornerback Kendall Sheffield, Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning and Plano West running back Soso Jamabo.
With head coach Art Briles having Baylor playing at its best in a long time, it will be interesting to see if the Bears can win even more of the head-to-head battles as they have in 2013 and 2014.
Sooners doing their homework
While Oklahoma used to be able to come into the state of Texas and battle the likes of Texas and Texas A&M for the top recruits, the Sooners have fallen off a bit as of late. While they still land their fair share of four-star prospects from the Lone Star State, they have also started looking for sleepers.
Many schools across the country have made a living off of finding under-the-radar Texans. Some that come to mind are Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas State. Now, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is counting on his coaches’ evaluation skills to hopefully replicate the hit rate of those other programs.
The latest surprise offer and commitment to Oklahoma from Texas was Mesquite Horn offensive guard Jonathan Alvarez on Tuesday. Though TCU was closely watching him, the 6-foot-3, 301-pound senior had only received offers from Houston, ULM and New Mexico State prior to big offered by the Sooners.
The Sooners’ first commit in the class of 2014 was Lancaster, Texas, safety Vontre McQuinnie. Oklahoma has had plenty of success with Lancaster prospects in the past but McQuinnie was a surprising commitment because, with a very deep defensive back class in Texas for 2014, he was not one of names ever mentioned in that group. Oklahoma hopes he can be as effective as former Tiger defensive backs Demontre Hurst and Quentin Hayes.