Texas solidifying recruiting pipeline with biggest powers in high school football

While top recruits can come from anywhere in the country spanning from New York to Hawaii, there are a handful of high school programs that constantly produce top players every year.
These programs are breeding grounds for the best high school recruits, and if you are able to build a connection with one of them you will get major boosts for years to come. In an article by On3‘s Justin Wells, he shined a light on the fact that Texas has been and will continue to build a pipeline with three of the most talent rich programs in the country in Mater Dei (CA), Duncanville (TX), and IMG Academy (FL).
Buy Longhorns Tickets
These are schools that have produced names such as Bryce Young (Mater Dei) and Nolan Smith (IMG) among many more standouts. However, up until recently these have been schools that the Longhorns haven’t had a ton of success recruiting. Something Wells broke down, and how their misfortune has changed.
Starting with Southern California powerhouse Mater Dei, the Longhorns have landed just a couple recruits from there in Spencer Shannon in 2023 and Bru McCoy in 2019 who spent about five minutes on campus before leaving. Wells cited Steve Sarkisian’s ties and the fact that new wide receivers coach Chris Jackson also played there has helped tremendously.
Before then, Texas and Mater Dei rarely crossed paths. But these days with Sarkisian’s ties, Monarch alum Chris Jackson on staff, and other assistants with California connections like Jeff Banks and Pete Kwiatkowski, the Longhorns are pursuing some of the best from the program.
In the 2024 class alone, Texas is after five-star offensive lineman Brandon Baker and four-star offensive lineman DeAndre Carter.
When it comes to in-state Duncanville, it wasn’t until Ra’Shaad Samples was on staff that Texas actually found success there. The most recent player from the Texas powerhouse is offensive tackle Cam Williams in 2022. They’ve already landed Alex January in the class of 2024, and are viewed as one of the favorites for five-star Colin Simmons which could be the biggest win in the 2024 class for Texas.
IMG is the pinnacle of high school sports as players move from all over the country to play there and train, but historically the Longhorns haven’t fared well. That has appeared to change now, as they’ve already landed three players from the Florida powerhouse. Something that running backs coach Tashard Choice can be credited for.
If there’s one program where the Horns have seen very little success over the years, it’s the Florida-based private school that produces a large amount of college prospects. Texas recruited Adeoye out of his high school in Missouri before the linebacker transferred to IMG. He’s essentially the only IMG graduate who made the trek from Bradenton to Austin. In 2024, Texas dove into IMG waters and landed two of the top prospects in the country in Johnson-Rubell and Gibson. Plus, the Horns find themselves in a good position for Lindsey, but are fighting Auburn for his services.
If the Longhorns can continue to grab recruits out of these three schools it will only help them as they begin to transition to the SEC ahead of 2024.

Latest Player Notes

If that really was Drake Maye’s last game in Chapel Hill, it provided a fitting full-circle ending

UPDATED NOVEMBER 13, 2023 2:49 PMHere was Drake Maye in the middle of it all late Saturday night, in the middle of the kind ...

Shedeur Sanders closing in on CU Buffs single-season records through pain of all the sacks and hits

PUBLISHED November 13, 2023 at 12:38 p.m. | UPDATED: November 13, 2023 at 12:40 p.m.BOULDER — Shedeur Sanders is closing ...

Tenth Anniversary of Kick Six: Inside video, "Official" look at Historic Iron Bowl Shocker

Published Nov. 13, 2023, 6:00 a.m.By Creg Stephenson See and hear history behind Kick Six (excuse the ads, but this is ...

Goodman: Jimbo Fisher is out and Nick Saban wins again

Updated: Nov. 13, 2023, 10:00 a.m.|By Joseph GoodmanJimbo Fisher is out at Texas A&M, which goes to show that even when a ...

Huard on Huskies: Why a win over No. 10 Oregon St would be huge

The No. 5 UW Huskies’ quest to make the College Football Playoff went through the two-time defending Pac-12 champions on ...

USC’s loss to Oregon exposes clear flaws in program-building up front

EUGENE, Ore. — In January, Lincoln Riley was on the sidelines at SoFi for the College Football Playoff championship game, ...

Two years after winning school-record 12 games, Brady Hoke out as Aztecs football coach

Brady Hoke is out as San Diego State’s football coach.SDSU released a statement Monday morning saying that Hoke is retiring, ...

Oregon’s Bo Nix named Pac-12 offensive player of the week for third time in 2023

Oregon’s Bo Nix earned his third weekly honor from the Pac-12.Nix, who went 23 of 31 for a season-high 412 yards with four ...

Oregon Ducks’ head coach Dan Lanning mentioned as a leading candidate for Texas A&M job

Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning has been mentioned as a leading candidate to replace Jimbo Fisher as coach of the Texas ...

After ‘tough day,’ Boise State AD searches for a football coach; defensive analyst promoted

Boise State athletic director Jeramiah Dickey was on the job for less than a week the last time he began a search for a football ...
See More Player Notes