Texas Football: 3 Longhorns commits that shined this weekend

Colin Simmons Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex January, Texas football
Alex January, Texas football /

The first full week of high school football action saw almost all of Texas football‘s commitments in the 2024 and 2025 recruiting classes open up their seasons in the last few days. A handful of Texas commits opened their seasons last week (namely for IMG Academy), but the state of Texas opened up the high school football campaign this week.

This week, Texas commits that were in action in high school football give the Longhorns faithful some live-game action to follow until their opener at home on Sep. 2 against the Rice Owls. We also saw some rising prospects in the 2025 and 2026 classes worth watching for the Longhorns this fall.

Texas football commits that shined in Texas’ opening weekend of high school football

I attended the game between No. 8 Duncanville and South Oak Cliff on SMU’s campus at Gerald R. Ford Stadium on Aug. 25. Duncanville has two Texas commits along the defensive front, five-star edge rusher Colin Simmons and four-star defensive lineman Alex January.

Some other key Texas commits in the 2024 and 2025 classes had nationally broadcasted games on ESPN this weekend. High-four-star 2025 Saraland quarterback KJ Lacey led his team to a season-opening win on national television (ESPN) on Aug. 25 over Lipscomb Academy.

IMG Academy eked out its second win of the season on Aug. 26 on ESPN over St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, PA).

Here’s a look at some of the other Texas commits that shined in high school football action around the country this week.

D’antre Robinson, DL

Four-star Texas defensive line commit and Orlando (FL) Jones standout D’antre Robinson came up big along the defensive front for the Fightin’ Tigers for the second straight week. Robinson was stout with a few run stuffs, multiple quarterback pressures, and two QB hits in Jones’ narrow 22-20 loss to Cocoa on Aug. 25.

Robinson was all over the place at the line of scrimmage, making plays in run defense and generating a consistent interior pass rush on the opposing quarterback. Cocoa tried to limit Robinson’s effectiveness at the line of scrimmage by putting double teams and even the occasional triple team on him.

Yet, that didn’t stop Robinson from being one of the most disruptive players along the front seven for Jones.

One of the highlights of the game for Robinson was a rush up the middle on the quarterback where he helped to force a pick where the Jones defensive back made a spectacular read and catch in coverage.

Robinson and the Fightin’ Tigers are 0-1 on the season after the two-point loss to Cocoa. Next up for Jones is a road matchup against Olney (MD) Our Lady of Good Counsel on Sep. 1.