Monday, September 16, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12
By William Wilkerson
It continues to get worse in Austin, Texas, where the Longhorns lost to Ole Miss 44-23 on Saturday. We’ll look at that loss and what it means for Texas, as well as Oklahoma trying to capitalize on its rivals’ mishaps in this week’s Big 12 weekend recruiting wrapup.
Biggest commitment: This one goes to Oklahoma and the verbal pledge it received from 2014 offensive guard Jonathan Alvarez (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) on Tuesday. Alvarez isn’t the most well-known commitment for the Sooners, but he helps fill a big void.
Alvarez joins Alex Dalton (Troy, Ohio, Troy), the No. 6 center, as the only offensive linemen in OU’s 2014 class of 14 commitments. Alvarez (6-foot-3, 301 pounds) also had offers from Houston, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State and Northwestern State. His commitment should also give OU an advantage with his teammate, 2015 OL Conner Dyer.
Biggest offer: We’ll stick with Oklahoma and its offer to long-time Longhorns commitment Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan). The ESPN 300 defensive end has been committed to Texas since Aug. 2, 2012. But his Twitter feed has led many to believe he’s up for looking around. With all the turmoil in Austin, especially with the replacement of Manny Diaz at defensive coordinator, it makes sense for OU to give this a shot. You just never know.
Best performance by a commit/target: Longhorns 2014 quarterback commitment Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer) had 15 carries for 141 yards and three rushing touchdowns, and also passed for 208 yards and a touchdown in a 35-17 win over Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus). Heard scored on runs of 66, 1 and 40 yards.
Most important visit: ESPN 300 running back, and Florida commitment, Dalvin Cook (Miami, Fla./Miami Central) made an official visit to Texas over the weekend. The No. 23 player overall has liked Texas ever since the Longhorns hired Larry Porter as their running backs coach. However, he couldn’t have been too impressed with what he saw. It’s going to take a ton for Cook to leave Florida.
Biggest answer: Oklahoma State has to be pleased with how its commitments are handling the aftermath of Sports Illustrated’s report that came out last week. There have been no decommitments. In fact, OSU’s home game against Lamar was full with recruits, both commitments and targets.
Biggest question: As Texas continues to slide, how will it manage its commitments for this class and beyond, as well as future prospects? It can’t be stressed enough how perfectly the Longhorns coaching staff felt like things were shaping up in terms of recruiting for this class, and especially 2015. All they had to do was win. Since that isn’t happening, Texas has to find a way to relate to these recruits who have several questions amidst all the turmoil in Austin.