The Texas Longhorns and Oregon Ducks have been mentioned as two of the hottest programs to sign recruits for the next few years.
The two teams currently sit atop the Big 12 in recruiting rankings, which should be expected given their combined strength of schedule.
But if the Longhorns can’t get a top-tier recruit for this class, it could be a tough situation for the Ducks.
Oregon is a huge school in terms of potential recruits.
Its already recruited a number of top talent, including quarterback Ryan Burns, who was the No. 3-ranked recruit in the country entering the 2017 class.
It has also signed several high-profile recruits including former NFL player and now UO coach Chip Kelly, former Texas Longhorn QB Kevin Sumlin and former Baylor star quarterback Trevone Boykin.
Oregon is currently ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25.
If the Longhorn coaching staff can’t land a top talent for this upcoming class, they could be in for a difficult recruiting process.
While Oregon is known as one of the most recruitable schools in the Big Ten, its been rumored to be one of two schools that Texas might have to wait to recruit.
Texas is currently in the middle of a recruiting push for both quarterback Vernon Adams and defensive tackle Austin Allen.
If those three recruits are indeed the ones that are being talked about, that could put the Longhamedbs in an awkward situation.
If Texas can’t secure Adams or Allen for the 2019 class, the Ducks would be a good fit for the Bears.
However, the two programs are currently battling for the same four spots on the 2018 recruiting rankings.
The Ducks are currently in first place in the Pac-12, while the Bears are currently fourth.
If either team lands Adams or a top prospect in Allen, it will put the Bears in an even tougher position than they currently are.
Baylor could go in a different direction with its 2018 class.
While the 2017 recruiting class is currently tied for second in the nation, that’s down from last season when the Bears were one of four programs in the conference to finish with a losing record.
The 2018 class was also ranked the No.-1 class in the entire country in the 247Sports Composite.
In that class, quarterback Kyle Whittingham was a top recruit, while defensive end Justin Blackmon was the top-ranked defensive tackle in the class.
If Whittingheens quarterback talent can carry over into the 2019 season, it would be hard to see the Bears losing a top three or four-star recruit for the 2018 class to Texas.
If Baylor doesn’t sign Adams or Blackmon for 2019, the Bears could opt to try to recruit an elite prospect from another conference in 2019.
Both Oklahoma and TCU are considered elite programs in their respective conferences.
Both are currently ranked among the top five recruiting classes in the NCAA.
If they can recruit a top five talent, the Longhos would be in a much better position to recruit in 2019 than they are right now.
If the Longhocks are able to recruit both Adams and Allen for 2019 — which is not likely considering that Adams is currently No. 4 on the 247Composite rankings — the Longhods chances of landing an elite recruit would greatly improve.
But that still leaves a significant question mark for the Longhoos.
If Baylor can’t snag Adams or the top three-star prospect in Blackmon, the team will likely have to recruit a true freshman or redshirt freshman to fill that void.
With that said, it is also possible that the Longhomes could go all in and sign an elite high school prospect.
It is possible that Texas could recruit one of its top five recruits for 2019 and make that commitment official.
But there are still plenty of other schools in play, and it is unlikely that Texas would be able to secure a top four or five-star pledge.