The first commitment in the 2025 Texas football recruiting class is the highly touted four-star Saraland (AL) quarterback KJ Lacey. The No. 7 quarterback recruit in the nation in the 2025 class in the 247Sports Composite picked Texas over the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, and Florida State Seminoles, among many other P5 offers in early June.
Competing schools on the recruiting trail haven't relented in their pursuit of Lacey despite his commitment to Texas early in the summer. The in-state schools in Alabama especially have pushed hard to chip away at his commitment to Texas during the summer and fall.
Texas football getting competition from the Alabama schools for 4-Star QB commit KJ Lacey
Alabama and Auburn have both hosted Lacey on multiple visits since he committed to Texas in June.
Auburn has generated plenty of buzz recently on the recruiting trail in the 2024 and 2025 classes, specifically with two of Lacey's heralded blue-chip teammates at Saraland. Head coach Hugh Freeze and the Tigers have not only flipped the high-four-star Saraland defensive lineman Antonio Coleman from Alabama this month, but they're also working to get the elite five-star wide receiver Ryan Williams to flip from the Tide before the late signing period in February.
Williams recently reclassified down to the 2024 class from 2025. Auburn is one of the schools that has made a big recent push to chip away at Williams' commitment to the Tide since he reclassified to the 2024 class a few weeks ago.
Auburn making a run at Lacey heading into the offseason
Bobby Burton of On Texas Football reported on Dec. 26 that Auburn has made a big push lately to chip away at Lacey's commitment to Texas, along with his teammate Williams.
Despite their struggles on the field this season, Freeze and the Tigers haven't slowed down on the recruiting trail of late. Auburn signed the No. 7 recruiting class in the nation during the Early Signing Period, per the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings.
Lacey has visited Auburn three times since the start of the season
Lacey has visited Auburn three times since late September, more than any other school in the last few months. The most recent gameday visit he took to Auburn was for the Iron Bowl against Alabama on the weekend of Nov. 25.