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Red River Rivalry setting up big 2018 recruiting battles

Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP

The future of one of college football’s top rivalry games is seemingly going to another level since the hire of Tom Herman at Texas. The Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners are already locked in some fierce and momentum-shifting recruiting battles starting with Saturday’s flip of ESPN 300 quarterback Cameron Rising from Oklahoma to Texas on Saturday.

Here is a look at five battles that Oklahoma and Texas fans will be paying close attention to with the Rising flip having sent both fan bases into a frenzy.

DE Ron Tatum III (Oklahoma City/Putnam City High)

The No. 77-overall prospect in the 2018 rankings and the No. 2-ranked prospect in the state of Oklahoma shocked many by committing to Texas on Wednesday in what was a second big win for Herman over the Sooners. Between now and signing day, don’t expect the Sooners to give up on a top in-state prospect at a premium position. Round 1 went to Herman & Co., but this will be a multiround fight with Tatum expected to continue making visits in the coming months.

ILB Ayodele Adeoye (St. Louis/Ritenour)

The No. 43-ranked prospect in the country has had Oklahoma in a lead group with LSU and Missouri for weeks, and added Texas after an offer Tuesday. Adeoye’s older brother played for Longhorns defensive coordinator Todd Orlando at Utah State, which adds intrigue to the recruitment. Adeoye visits to Norman and Austin are expected in May and June. Should Adeoye say no to home-state Missouri, this could be yet another Oklahoma vs. Texas recruitment with the Sooners having years of success recruiting in the St. Louis area working for them.

CB Jalen Green (Houston/Houston Heights)

The Lone Star State cornerback is considered a Texas lean heading into May, and the Longhorns now have momentum on their side. Green has been on campus in Norman and Austin more than once, and has held an offer from the Sooners since May of 2016 with the new Texas staff having offered in January of 2017. After Texas swiped Tatum out of Oklahoma unexpectedly, the Sooners would love to do the same with Green.