Before even ringing the New Year, Texas has already started looking at 2024.
Aledo cornerback Jaden Allen announced on Wednesday he will be playing college football in Texas. Allen is the first player in the 2024 recruiting cycle to commit to Texas.
Allen’s brother signed with Texas earlier this month. Bryan Allen Jr., is four-star safety in the class of 2022.
Last season the 5-9, 150-pound Allen played in Aledo’s 13 games and he totaled 28 tackles. He also intercepted two passes and suffered six pass deviations.
In freshman Allen won a state championship. In Aledo’s 56-21 victory over Crosby in the Class 5A, Division II title match, Allen broke two assists, a record for the team.
According to 247Sports, only 10 football hopefuls from the 2024 class are currently engaged in a school. Allen has almost two years to wait before he can sign with Texas.
Between its 2018 and 2022 recruiting classes, Texas only signed two of five players – Port Neches-Groves quarterback Roschon Johnson in 2019 and Lake Travis Hudson Card quarterback in 2020 – who were at originally the first burnt orange engagement of this recruiting cycle. The first 2023 rookie to sign for Texas, El Campo running back Rueben Owens was there, but he later pulled out but is still considering the Longhorns.