While the Texas Longhorns hosted a handful of recruits in Austin, weak-side defensive end target Courtre Alexander of Owasso (Okla.) was visiting the Arkansas Razorbacks. On Sunday, he elected to end his recruitment:
Blessed beyond belief to say that I will be furthering my education and football career at the UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS #HammerDown #WPS ‼️‼️‼️ @coachmarksmith @CoachSCaldwell pic.twitter.com/aWZSGjdLkp— courtre (@ctrealexander) January 21, 2018
A rising prospect in recent weeks, Alexander took an official visit to Texas and then picked up his offer days later. In the immediate aftermath of the offer, he seemed like a strong bet to become a Longhorn. However, his offer by Arkansas the next day changed his recruitment.
With the Pigs trending over the course of a month, new head coach Chad Morris was able to close Alexander’s recruitment with a pledge in Fayetteville.
Since offering Alexander, the big change on the Texas side is the surge with Conroe Oak Ridge weak-side defensive end Joseph Ossai, who is now trending to the Longhorns. When Alexander surfaced on the radar, Ossai looked like a Texas A&M lean.
So missing out on Alexander may not be a big deal for Texas if Ossai eventually joins the class, as is now expected.
Another potential indication of how the staff feels about Ossai’s recruitment is the fact that official visitor Caleb Okechukwu, another weak-side defensive end, still hasn’t picked up an offer from Texas despite his time on campus.