Tom Herman and his staff are back to recruiting the Houston-area for skilled defensive backs that fit their scheme, as the Texas Longhorns have extended an offer to 2020 Shadow Creek safety Xavion Alford, he announced Tuesday evening on Twitter.
Things have been extremely busy for Alford on the recruiting trail in the last few months, as he’s been one of the hottest prospects in the state. Alford has racked up 29 offers thus far from schools like Arkansas, Colorado, Houston, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Penn State, TCU, Texas A&M, and Washington.
Alford is now the fourth safety the Longhorns have offered in this 2020 cycle. Herman and company have stayed in state this class when offering at the safety position. The other targeted prospects at the position are four-star Duncanville stand-out Chris Thompson Jr., four-star Hebron leader Darius Snow, and four-star C.E. King baller Bryson Washington.
The three-star center-fielder had a season that ultimately catapulted all of the deserving attention surrounding him at the moment. Alford was in on 61 tackles, 20 pass breakups, and accounted for seven interceptions. His physicality and ability to read the field as the last line of defense are just a few reasons why the Longhorns rewarded Alford with an offer.
Alford has always been fond of what the Horns have brewing in Austin and could definitely see himself doing big things in burnt orange.
“I could see myself possibly playing up there,” Alford told BON. “Tom Herman is building something special.”
At 6’0, 174 pounds, Alford is ranked as the nation’s No. 377 prospect, the No. 22 safety in the country, and as the No. 48 player in the state, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.