In a year in which Big 12 schools are sending only four committed prospects to The Opening, the Texas Longhorns represent half that number a year after sending five prospects to commit at the prestigious Nike event.
QB Jerrod Heard, Denton (Texas) Guyer: The 6'2, 195-pound Heard is one of the highest-rated dual-threat quarterback recruits entering the event, carrying a consensus four-star tag. Heard rand for 2,138 yards with 35 TDs on the ground and added over 2,000 more yards through the air, earning District 5-4A MVP honors. Heard committed to the 'Horns over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, LSU, Nebraska, and Ohio State before earning his golden ticket after a strong performance at the Dallas Elite 11 event. Find him on Twitter @JHeard2, and his highlights here. His team is yet to be determined.
WR Lorenzo Joe, Abilene (Texas) Cooper: Joe was the Wide Receiver MVP at the Dallas NFTC and also shined on the football field as a junior when he earned All-District 2-5A honors after rushing for 879 yards and passing for another 1,988 while playing quarterback. Because of his athletic and pass-catching abilities, he's projected to be a receiver at Texas where he committed early over Texas Tech. It was a position he played as a sophomore when he had nearly 800 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. A consensus four-star prospect, the 247Sports composite rankings have him as the No. 188 prospect overall nationally and the No. 29 wide receiver. The 6'3, 195-pounder is on Twitter @LoJoe12 and will compete for team Vapor Carbon.