Texas On Its Way Back To State Dominance

A date to remember: December 19, 2014. This will be the day the tide turned in the state of Texas.

Over the past few years, Texas A&M had taken the reigns as the top football school in Texas, and their recruiting classes were a clear indicator of that. However, in one fell swoop, the Longhorns landed two of the top in state talents and have put themselves back on track to state dominance. It came as a big surprise when Malik Jefferson announced he would commit to Texas. But to get both he and four-star teammate DeAndre McNeal, it was nothing short of a miracle.

The first to announce this morning was WR/LB recruit DeAndre McNeal. Throughout his recruiting process, McNeal never publicly showed to have a clear favorite,and it was thought that he would be looking mainly at out of state schools Alabama or UCLA. In a shocking announcement, McNeal announced his intentions to attend Texas this morning. He will most likely be playing wide receiver at UT next season, and on top of that Charlie Strong has guaranteed the first play of 2015 will be going to McNeal, so watch out Notre Dame.

Just a few minutes later, McNeal's teammate and the #1 player in the state of Texas, Malik Jefferson also announced his commitment to the University of Texas. Just a week ago, he was thought to be all but lost to A&M, a school that McNeal was also favoring for quite some time. But with their backs against the wall, Charlie Strong and the Longhorn coaching staff prevailed. In one word, the pledges of these two players have given the Longhorns one thing that have desperately needed: Momentum.

With the pledges from these two players, the coaching staff will turn their attention to other prospects still at large. This list includes DB Kris Boyd, DB Holton Hill, RB Chris Warren, WR Ryan Newsome, WR Tim Irvin, and many more. On top of these players, 5 star DT Daylon Mack decommitted from A&M following the announcements this morning. He will announce his top two schools tomorrow and Texas is expected to be one of the two. A commitment from Mack and any of the other players still up in the air could potentially land Strong a top 5 class in the nation.

National signing day is a month and a half away, so we will officially know in a few months how this class will finish. But one thing is for sure, Strong is taking Texas back to the top in Texas and December 19th, 2014 is the start of the ascent.

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