4 key visiting recruits for Texas football vs. OU in Red River

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Steve Sarkisian, Texas football
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Texas football won’t be able to host any visiting recruits this weekend for the Red River Rivalry game against the Oklahoma Sooners. But Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian still have plenty on the line in terms of what Red River could mean for them on the recruiting trail for the 2022 and 2024 classes.

A win over new head coach Brent Venables and the Sooners in Red River this weekend could give Sark and the Longhorns another momentum boost on the recruiting trail. And that would definitely be the case if Texas could take a win over OU in Red River and extend that momentum further in the Big 12 slate this fall.

The bulk of the visiting recruits for Red River of note, especially as it pertains to the importance to the Longhorns, will be from the 2024 class. But there will still be some visiting recruits of note for the Longhorns from the 2023 and 2025 classes.

Top visiting recruits to watch for Texas football vs. OU in Red River

With that in mind, here’s a look at four key visiting recruits for OU vs. Texas in Red River this weekend.

Markis Deal, DL

According to a report from Hudson Standish of Horns247 on Oct. 7 (paid content), one of the newly-added visitors for OU this weekend could be the highly touted four-star Garland Naaman Forest defensive lineman Markis Deal. This could be the second time that Deal saw Texas during live-game action for a visit this season.

Deal was in attendance at DKR in Austin on the weekend of Sep. 10 when the Longhorns faced the Alabama Crimson Tide. He’s also getting close to the ballpark of a half-dozen visits either to Austin or for games that Texas was playing in this season if he does come through with a trip to the Cotton Bowl this weekend.

Texas is currently battling it out with the likes of the TCU Horned Frogs and Georgia Bulldogs in the race to land a commitment from Deal. While he wasn’t in attendance last weekend in Fort Worth, it did sound like TCU’s blowout win over Oklahoma did a lot to move the needle for him and his camp.

Georgia has also consistently made a strong run at Deal since early in the offseason.

A win for Texas this weekend could do a lot for Texas to position themselves favorably among the top schools for Deal likely a couple of months out from a possible decision from the priority DL.