2016 Red River Recruiting (Pt. II)

Part II of looking at every 2016 prospect already offered by both OU and Texas.

The first blow in Red River Recruiting for underclassmen can usually be struck during the Red River Showdown and that could certainly be the case this year.

Although Oklahoma is the designated home team, a lot of the prospects invited are also top targets for Texas.

Not all of these prospects will be at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, but here is an early look at all the prospects offered by both OU and Texas at this point for the Class of 2016.

Here is part two of the series.

McKinney (Texas) North’s Justin Madubuike (6-4, 240, No. 16 DE)

Why OU: One of the first offers the Sooners made during this season was to Madubuike. It makes sense as to why that is. His size is exactly what defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery is looking for at defensive end. His stock is starting to soar in recent weeks, but OU can say it was there before just about anybody else. - Bob Przybylo, Sooners Illustrated

Why Texas: The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end/tight end recently picked up an offer from the Longhorns, who will have to stay on him if they want to get him to Texas.

Chris Rumph is the key here, IMO, because of his ability to relate with his players. Current Texas players rave about his coaching expertise coming over from Alabama.

Texas looks like it will end up with only two defensive end commitments in 2015, but one of those (Louis Brown) could eventually move to tight end. That could give Madubuike more reason to look at the Longhorns. - William Wilkerson, HornsDigest

Sachse (Texas) High’s Jared Mayden (6-0, 190, No. 2 CB)

Why OU: It’s too early to say so-and-so is a must for the class, but Mayden is about as close as it gets in regards to that. The family ties, the deep relationship, it’s all right there for OU regarding Mayden. The Sooners easily made the top 10, and there’s a strong feeling OU is going to make any other subsequent cut going forward. OU has a lot of young cornerbacks, but Mayden has the ability to be one of those immediate impact players. - Bob Przybylo, Sooners Illustrated

Why Texas: It came as quite a shock to those around the Longhorns that Mayden didn’t have Texas in his top 10 schools when he released them back in July. It surprised me too considering the tone of his visits to UT. But he told me the staff just didn’t put forth a lot of effort and that it was actually a graduate assistant that he felt most comfortable with on the staff. - William Wilkerson, HornsDigest

Galena Park (Texas) North Shore’s Eric Monroe (6-0, 180, No. 4 S)

Why OU: Another safety recently offered by the Sooners. He has the size Mike Stoops craves so much with his defensive backs. But like a lot of prospects in this list, Monroe is going to have his choice from a bevy of programs and Texas already has a commitment from one of his teammates for the 2015 class. - Bob Przybylo, Sooners Illustrated

Why Texas: Monroe is one of four safeties the Longhorns have already offered in 2016, which leads me to believe that they view it as another position of need despite them having three safety commitments in 2015 (one of those Keivon Ramsey tore his ACL at a Texas camp over the summer).

Monroe is the teammate of 2015 Texas commitment Tristian Houston and the Longhorns appear to be in line to pick up a commitment from another one of his teammates in 2015 center Tyler Moore. So UT is recruiting his school well. We’ll see if that pays off with this talented DB. - William Wilkerson, HornsDigest

Houston Westfield’s Ed Oliver (6-2, 285, No. 4 DT)

Why OU: Oliver has been around for a long time, sure OU fans feel like they’ve been hearing about Oliver since his freshman year. That’s because they have as the Sooners were the first school to offer Oliver during his freshman season. It’s no secret how quiet Oliver is about his recruitment so you can’t accurately assume where the Sooners are. OU hasn’t had success at Westfield, but Jerry Montgomery is doing one heck of a job of making defensive linemen look toward Norman once again. - Bob Przybylo, Sooners Illustrated

Why Texas: It’s hard to get a true read on Oliver because he doesn’t say a whole lot. But the Longhorns do have a commitment from a teammate of his in 2015 OT Toby Weathersby.

Oliver was very impressive at the “Under the Lights” camp and spent some quality time with UT defensive line coach Chris Rumph. If Weathersby sticks with UT, which I think he will, he could help lure the four-star lineman to Austin with him. - William Wilkerson, HornsDigest

Katy (Texas) Tompkins’ Christian Wallace (6-1, 190, No. 10 S)

Why OU: A recent offer, it’s clear the Sooners are starting to look at safety for this class as a number of offers have gone out in the last few weeks. Still much too early to know where the Sooners stand at this point, but safety has been a huge point of emphasis. - Bob Przybylo, Sooners Illustrated

Why Texas: The Longhorns, for now, have three safeties committed in 2015. So we’ll have to see if that plays any factor in whether Wallace continues to give Texas a hard look.

Right now, though, he appears to be a fan of UT and has been ever since he went down to Austin on June 8 to pick up his offer from Strong. The Longhorns are desperate for playmakers in the backend of their defense and Wallace is one of the best in his class. - William Wilkerson, HornsDigest

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