The Texas Longhorns legacies won’t continue in Austin, Texas.
Despite the fact that their father was a Longhorn great and their brother, Luke, is currently a linebacker on the Forty Acres, the Brockermeyer brothers, Tommy and James, are taking their talents to Tuscaloosa, as the elite duo announced their commitment to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday afternoon.
LSU and Auburn were also finalists alongside Texas.
For obvious reasons, the Brockermeyer brothers leaving the Lone Star State serves as a substantial blow to Texas’ recruiting efforts this cycle. Longhorns offensive line coach Herb Hand was arguably the most involved coach in these recruitments, and as noted, the family ties to Texas are obvious, which is why is appeared only on that the Longhorns were a lock to win this recruitment.
But as a disappointing 2019 display came into form for Texas, Alabama applied pressure for the Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal stars, which usually isn’t ideal news for any program in the country. By early February, after hosting Tommy and James for Junior Day visits, momentum officially started swinging towards the Tide, with one Crystal Ball pick after another favoring Alabama until it ultimately became clear that this was Alabama’s recruitment to lose.
That sobering reality came to fruition on Friday afternoon with the Brockermeyer brothers officially announcing their pledges to Alabama.
Despite the especially disappointing news, the Longhorns will likely continue to push here until the Brockermeyer brothers completely shut that door, but the only real opportunity Texas likely has to re-emerge as an option will be to produce on the field if and when a 2020 season happens.
In the meantime, Katy Taylor offensive tackle Hayden Conner remains the only offensive line pledge for Hand and the Horns to date, and at this point, it doesn’t appear that Texas is in line to land another.