Texas Football: 5 priority recruits visiting for Week 2 vs. Alabama

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KJ Lacey, Texas football
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No. 11 Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian will take on head coach Nick Saban and the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide in the biggest non-conference game of the regular season on the road in Tuscaloosa on Sep. 9. This will be a massive game for Texas and Alabama as it is a top 15 matchup under the lights at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Sark and the Longhorns want to prove their status as the favorite to win the Big 12 crown and as a national contender for the College Football Playoff this season. Texas has some work to do after a sluggish start to the game for the offense in the season opener last weekend in a 37-10 win over the Rice Owls at home.

Top recruits visiting Tuscaloosa for the Texas football vs. Alabama game in Week 2

This game against Alabama not only has College Football Playoff implications for the Longhorns but also has momentum implications on the recruiting trail for Sark and this staff.

Plenty of Texas offers and priority recruits will be in attendance at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on Sep. 9 to watch the Longhorns take on the Tide. Here’s a look at five priority Texas recruits in the 2024 and 2025 classes visiting Alabama for the matchup between the Longhorns and Tide this weekend.

KJ Lacey, QB (Texas commit)

The highly touted four-star Saraland (AL) quarterback KJ Lacey is the first recruit to commit to Sark and the Longhorns in the 2025 class. Texas snagged a Saban recruit out of Alabama this summer when Lacey committed to the Longhorns 2025 class.

Lacey is one of the high-profile visitors for the Texas-Alabama game in Tuscaloosa this weekend. This is Lacey’s first visit to Alabama since he committed to Texas on June 3, 2023.

Another top recruit attending the Texas-Alabama game this weekend is Lacey’s star teammate, five-star Saraland wide receiver Ryan Williams. Williams, the No. 1 wide receiver recruit in the nation in the 2025 class in the 247Sports Composite and On3 Industry Ranking, is a longtime Alabama commit.

If Texas can pull the upset of Alabama on Saturday night, that would help its case as it looks to chip away at Williams’ commitment to the Tide. Texas is also working to get Williams to campus for a visit for a game this fall.