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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Oklahoma leapfrogs Texas in latest recruiting rankings

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Plus: Hype surrounds Texas’ new Leverage program

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The Austin American-Statesman reports that the Oklahoma Sooners are now ahead of the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12’s recruiting battle, per the Statesman’s recruiting rankings.

From the Statesman: “The Longhorns claimed the previous four Big 12 recruiting titles. Baylor remains in third place in what will be Dave Aranda’s first full recruiting cycle, while Kansas and Kansas State rank ahead of some programs that should be faring better.”

How Oklahoma breaks down, per the Statesman: “The Sooners added Williams, a five-star dual-threat quarterback and the nation’s fourth-ranked recruit on the 247Sports composite ratings. Oklahoma also added four-star defensive end Kelvin Gillam, a national top-100 recruit. Six different states and Washington D.C. are represented among the current commitments. The class is poised to shoot into the top 10 with the Sooners leading for Fabulous 55 members Camar Wheaton, Bryce Foster and Savion Byrd.”

How Texas breaks down: “Texas’ recruiting headlines in August were highlighted by moves at the quarterback position. The Longhorns lost Jalen Milroe to Alabama, but added local three-star Charles Wright as a replacement for the 2021 cycle. The big news came for 2022 when five-star Quinn Ewers, the best quarterback in his class, chose Texas. Unless the Longhorns can flip a few players or gain ground with several of the top remaining uncommitted prospects, they’re poised to finish outside the national top 10 for the first time since 2017.”

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: Texas doesn’t have a quarterback controversy in 2020, but what is the Longhorns’ backup plan?

Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Running back LJ Johnson includes Texas in top four; Landon Hullaby update

Austin American-Statesman: Longhorn Confidential: Reporting on recruiting and high school football in 2020

247Sports: Morning Brew: How good was Troy Omeire in fall camp?

247Sports: Big 12 Breakdown: How does the 2020 TCU class stack up?

ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION

Texas assistant coach Jai Lucas officially leaving for Kentucky

Texas adds catcher to class of 2023

Big 12 will use a 53-man roster minimum in 2020

Tom Herman says Texas doesn’t have a starter at RB

The Longhorn Republic is glad Texas has an extra week

Big 12 announces early TV selections

Texas announces deep cost-cutting measures in athletic department

4-star RB LJ Johnson reveals top 4 schools

Graduate transfer WR Tarik Black already making an impression at Texas

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NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND

  • The Undefeated produced a striking profile of Texas basketball alum Imani McGree-Stafford, and her desire for her alma mater to wholeheartedly support its Black student-athletes. From the Undefeated: “After every game as a University of Texas at Austin student-athlete, McGee-Stafford, who played for the women’s basketball team from 2012-16, was expected to face her home crowd, raise up her right hand to mimic a symbol of the school’s famed Longhorn mascot and recite the school’s fight song, ‘The Eyes of Texas.’ ... After her first year of singing the school anthem, McGee-Stafford noticed the song’s similarity to a popular children’s song. ... The school’s song, which was derived from the tune ‘Levee Song,’ has a racist history rooted in minstrel shows in the 20th century.”
  • Following the news of major budget cuts for the Longhorns’ athletic department, 247Sports broke down what the impact will be on one of their weekly podcasts. Give it a listen.
  • Texas officials are adding some extra hype to its new Leverage program, designed to help student-athletes maximize how they benefit from their name, image and likeness.