In a rare development, the second of the two major high school all-star games will pass without a single decision significantly impacting the Longhorns. There are eight players set to announce in San Antonio, including one-time Texas targets LV Bunkley-Shelton and Kelee Ringo.
Technically, the Horns are still in the mix for both, but Ringo signed during the early period without taking an official visit to Austin, so even though he created a stir when he showed up to check-in day wearing Texas gear, it would be an absolute shock if he officially chooses the Longhorns.
And while Bunkley-Shelton included Texas in his top four when he arrived in the Lone Star State several days ago, Arizona State is the overwhelming favorite, in part because there’s no longer a need for him in the Longhorns class since taking local product Dajon Harrison and emerging as the favorite for Keaontay Ingram’s younger brother, Kelvontay Dixon.
There’s also a junior set to commit on Saturday — Dallas Parish Episcopal quarterback Preston Stone, the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2021 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Stone was a key target for the Longhorns before Texas opted to take Katy Tompkins standout Jalen Milroe as the lone quarterback in the class. Stone is expected to pick SMU.
Tucson (Az.) Salpointe Catholic running back Bijan Robinson
The marquee signee in the 2020 recruiting class will have a chance to make his case as the nation’s top running back in San Antonio. With the limited amount of practice time for these events, quarterbacks and wide receivers often struggle compared to their ultimate upside, but running backs typically get an opportunity to showcase their skill sets.
Southlake Carroll offensive tackle Andrej Karic
The West team features five offensive tackles ranked higher than Karic, including three of the top-10 prospects nationally at that position, so whether Karic starts and where he slots in the rotation might end up being of more interest than how he plays.
However, the linemen in these games must often deal with the biggest adjustments of any players since they rarely faced players of comparable size in high school. Defensive linemen often look to tee off in these games off the edge, which could provide a look at the body quickness of Karic and his ability to effectively pass set.
Highland Park linebacker Prince Dorbah
With the defensive coordinator change from Todd Orlando to Chris Ash, the biggest looming question with Dorbah is where he plays for Ash — the high school edge defender profiled as a B-backer under Orlando, but might be a weak-side linebacker (Orlando’s Rover position) under Ash.
So regardless of where Dorbah plays for the West squad, his performance on Saturday could provide some limited perspective on his future collegiate position and how he might transition to it.
Pearland Shadow Creek safety Xavion Alford isn’t expected to participate due to the knee injury that he suffered during the first game of his senior season.
Other prospects of interest
The headliner here is Bastrop Cedar Creek defensive end Alfred Collins, who looms as arguably the biggest remaining target in the 2020 recruiting class for the Longhorns. As the No. 71 prospect in the nation, Collins doesn’t have much to prove in this game, so how well he performs is much less important than what transpires in his recruitment over the next month.
One-time Texas targets participating in the game include Texas A&M wide receiver signee Demond Demas, the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver, Robinson’s high school teammate Lathan Ransom, an Ohio State safety signee. Keep an eye on Ohio State wide receiver signee Jaxon Smith-Njigba, too — he’s another standout pass catcher from Texas who received interest from the Longhorns, but never officially received an offer and wasn’t targeted during the critical part of his recruitment.
How to Watch
Time: 12 noon Central
Online Streaming: NBC Live