The second offer extended by the Texas Longhorns on Friday represented a rare incursion into the Sooner State, as Oklahoma City Marshall cornerback Justin Broiles picked up his Longhorns offer:
Blessed to have received offer #29 from The Texas Longhorns #HookEm pic.twitter.com/OLtz3QMzzF— Justin Broiles (@JustinbroilesJ) February 26, 2016
Texas doesn't typically pursue many players from north of the Red River, but did land athlete Demarco Cobbs in the 2010 class and cornerback Josh Turner in the 2011 class.
Broiles is a 6'0, 175-pounder who is considered a consensus four-star prospect and the No. 195 recruit overall, the No. 21 cornerback, and the No. 2 player in Oklahoma, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Now approaching 30 offers, Broiles is being targeted by schools across the country, including Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and a host of others.
Unsurprisingly, however, it may be hard to pull Broiles out of the state, as all four of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions are in favor of in-state schools, with Oklahoma sitting at 75 percent and Oklahoma State at 25 percent. All have come in during the last several weeks.
So this feels like a recruitment where getting Broiles to show significant interest and visit Austin once or twice would probably be a victory, but it's hard to discount head coach Charlie Strong and this point. And new defensive backs coach Clay Jennings does have some familiarity with Broiles, having served as his secondary recruiter at Arkansas.
In fact, Broiles told The Football Brainiacs that he plans to visit for the Texas Orange-White game in April.