June 14, 2024

4-Star RB Takes Shot at Oklahoma After Committing to Texas Football

The Texas Longhorns football team secured a major commitment on Wednesday from four-star running back James Simon. Simon is the second running back to join Texas’ 2025 recruiting class and marks the 10th overall commitment for the team. So far, Texas has landed no five-star recruits, but they have seven four-stars and three three-stars. Their 2025 recruiting class is currently ranked 13th nationally, although it’s still early in the recruitment cycle, leaving plenty of room for changes.

“BREAKING: Four-Star RB James Simon has Committed to Texas, he tells me for @on3recruits,” tweeted Hayes Fawcett. “The 6’0”, 197-pound RB from Shreveport, LA chose the Longhorns over LSU and Notre Dame.”

This is a significant acquisition for Texas football, and Simon is already enthusiastic about the Red River Rivalry. Known for their rivalry with Oklahoma, Simon didn’t hold back, taking a jab at the Sooners with his commitment statement: “SEC takeover sucks to be a Sooner HOOK EM,” he said.

Both Texas and Oklahoma are set to join the SEC this coming season, which adds context to Simon’s comment. This move is one of many significant changes in college football, with conference realignment reshaping the landscape. The Pac-12 is dissolving, and the Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, and SEC are all undergoing transformations. The inclusion of Texas and Oklahoma in the SEC is a major shift.

According to 247 Sports, Simon is a four-star recruit, ranked as the #200 player in the 2025 class, the #13 running back, and the #4 player in Louisiana. He currently attends Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana, and chose Texas over several prestigious offers.

Four-star RB James Simon commits to Texas - Burnt Orange Nation

Texas football faces a pivotal year as they transition to the SEC. They are anticipated to be one of the top teams in college football next season, retaining much of their talent from last year’s College Football Playoff team. Having won the Big 12 in their final season, Texas now needs to demonstrate they can compete in the SEC. This season is crucial as it features one of the strongest teams Texas has had in years. If they struggle against SEC competition, it could signal future challenges.

Life in the SEC will undoubtedly be tougher than in the Big 12. Last year, Texas didn’t face a particularly challenging schedule but still performed well. This season, their schedule is filled with tough opponents, including a road game against the defending national champions, Michigan, in week two.

Winning games in 2024 will be more challenging for Texas compared to 2023, but the Longhorns have the talent to compete with any team.

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