Now, South Texas recruiting is becoming equally an important territory for the futures of both schools as the 2009 recruiting rankings are proving to be another Longhorn-Sooner showdown.
Wort and Howell, both Scout.com four star prospects, are the headliners of a South Texas class that is one of the best the area has ever seen, as is proof by the area rankings list expanding from the top 50 to the top 75 prospects for the Summer Edition.
The future Big 12 Conference rivals are joined in the top 5 of the rankings by three players who have been there since the initial ranking was released in February – Alamo Heights quarterback Drew Allen, Converse Judson linebacker Chris McAllister, and San Antonio Madison defensive back Andrew Green.
The top two maybe headed to a BCS conference, but it is Conference USA's Rice that has the most verbal pledges from South Texas thus far as the Owls have secured commitments from San Antonio O'Connor linebacker Jarek Lanchaster (No. 6) and Burton offensive lineman John Hoddle (No. 15).
All told six players in South Texas have already pledged to the school of their choice, as Schertz Clemens linebacker Sean Porter (Texas A&M) and San Antonio MacArthur tight end Tyler Chambers (Houston) have also made commitments.
Of the top 25 prospects 18 of them are reporting offers at this time.