The Longhorns are pursuing yet another Texas legacy.
2021 Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal center James Brockermeyer is beginning to emerge as one of the Lone Star State’s top prospects at his position, and his rise on the recruiting trail continued last weekend while in Austin for the Orange-White spring game, as Brockermeyer headed home with a Texas offer in hand.
Throughout the spring, top-tier programs have taken notice of the mean streak and edge with which Brockermeyer plays with on Friday nights. He’s notched nine total offers from schools like Arkansas, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State, with the Longhorns serving as his latest invitation.
Brockermeyer feels as if his recruitment is on the right track as of now and wants to continue garnering these opportunities.
“Really good,” Brockermeyer said of his recruiting process. “It’s been incredible to see schools that are interested in me and a great overall experience. I would say Iowa, Michigan, Texas, and Oklahoma State are showing the most interest right now.”
The soon-to-be junior has been on the road for many unofficial visits this offseason, making trips to up north to Michigan and Iowa, and also to the two more featured programs in Oklahoma. Brockermeyer has also traveled all over the state of Texas to visit the top in-state schools, but his most recent visit was a bit more personal.
This past weekend was a special moment for Brockermeyer and his family in many ways. The rising offensive lineman got to witness his older brother, Luke — who recently joined the Longhorns program as a walk-on — compete in the spring game on Saturday. And, of course, Brockermeyer found himself on the receiving end of a Texas offer.
Being the son of a former Longhorn great Blake Brockermeyer, who earned All-American honors in Austin as a star left tackle before going on to become a first-round pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, makes this offer even more important for All Saints Episcopal standout.
“It was really special just because of the history that my family has with them,” Brockermeyer told BON. “So everything’s really just coming full circle. The environment at the game was really good and we got to spend some quality time with the coaches as well. It was also pretty cool to see Luke play in DKR.”
Brockermeyer’s brother, Tommy, a five-star offensive tackle currently ranked as the No. 3 player in the 2021 class, owns a Texas offer, as well, and each of his four early Crystal Ball picks favor the Horns. Much of the same is true for James, whose Crystal Ball is now at 100 percent in favor of Texas with two picks to date.
Brockermeyer has a profound connection to Texas because of the his family’s history with the school. That is definitely a plus for the Longhorns when recruiting him, but that’s not the only aspect of UT to which he’s paying attention.
“I would say the combination of academics and championship level stands out at Texas,” Brockermeyer said.
The Longhorns coaching staff is slowly, but surely building a relationship with Brockermeyer. It isn’t quite where Brockermeyer would like it to be just yet, but offensive line coach Herb Hand has been the main communicator within this recruitment.
“I don’t really keep constant contact with them but when I do it’s with Coach Hand,” Brockermeyer said. “He just says they’d love for me to come be the center there.”
Brockermeyer has his eye on the prize for the remainder of his high school tenure. Getting the job done on the football field with his teammates and in the classroom is essential for Brockermeyer.
“I really want to win a state championship with my team and maintain a really good GPA during my time in high school,” Brockermeyer said.
The Longhorns have extended 34 total offers in the 2021 cycle, and 10 of those have gone out to offensive linemen. Brockermeyer is the only center in his class to receive an offer from Tom Herman and company.