3 key recruits Texas football could lose to TCU after this weekend’s loss

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Markis Deal, DL

Potentially the biggest recruitment that was impacted in a negative sense for the Longhorns, while favoring the Horned Frogs simultaneously, involves the highly touted four-star Garland Naaman Forest defensive lineman Markis Deal.

Texas hosted Deal for an official visit to Austin for the TCU game this weekend. And there were high expectations of what defensive line coach Bo Davis and the Longhorns could put on display in a huge opportunity at home in primetime to beat a top-four ranked team.

Yet, TCU’s defensive line wound up looking more formidable in this game than Texas’. While Texas’ defensive front played well in this game, the story of the night was definitely the front seven of the Horned Frogs.

TCU did a great job limiting what Texas could do on the ground with the likes of star junior running back Bijan Robinson and senior Roschon Johnson.

There was some talk leading into this game that the result of this highly anticipated Week 11 matchup could have a huge impact on Deal’s decision when it’s all said and done. And that sentiment seems to be carrying through following Texas’ loss to TCU on Nov. 12.

Texas still will be a factor in Deal’s recruitment as we inch closer to signing day, as will the Georgia Bulldogs. But if TCU can capitalize on its momentum on the field and on the recruiting trail from this undefeated run this season through 10 games, it has a real shot to land a commitment from Deal.