Texas Longhorns football doesn't have a single St. Louis player on the roster, but on Friday the 'Horns extended three early offers to recruits who call the Gateway Arch city home.
Tom Herman and company offered 2019 wide-receiver Marcus Washington, 2019 outside linebacker Shammond Cooper, and 2020 running back Teriyon Cooper.
The trio all hails from powerhouse Trinity Catholic. Washington and Shammond Cooper are both four-star recruits, while Teriyon Cooper is not yet ranked (likely due to his age).
Washington is ranked as the No. 103 player in his class, and the No. 18 overall wide receiver. He is currently 100% projected to go to Michigan by 247's Crystal Ball.
Shammond Cooper holds 26 offers, but is 100% projected to go to Oklahoma by 247's Crystal Ball. The 6'2, 190 recruit is the No. 202 ranked player, and No. 16 OLB.
Teriyon Cooper holds offers from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas State, and Syracuse in addition to Texas and has strong size at 5'9, 178 pounds.
St. Louis is over 800 miles from Austin, but could the city become a recruiting pipeline for Tom Herman and the 'Horns?
Texas already has the pledge of 2018 four-star line backer Ayodele Adeoye, who originally hailed from St. Louis before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida.
Herman also offered four St. Louis area players in January, including four-star wideout Kamrynn Babb.
Time will tell if Texas can develop a lasting connection to St. Louis, but what's clear is that Tom Herman is going after the best players possible, regardless of whether they are in or out of state.