The SEC's increasing presence in recruiting the state of Texas was once again evident Wednesday, when Alabama offered five players from the state's 2015 recruiting class.
The Crimson Tide offered two 2015 players from Dallas Skyline: linebacker Anthony Wheeler and receiver Carlos Strickland. Wheeler's offer list has reached double digits and includes programs in the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, and AAC. Strickland's offer list is approaching double figures. Both Skyline standouts have good size for their respective positions.
Also in the DFW region, Ennis 2015 defensive end James Lockhart received an offer from Alabama. Lockhart's offer list now includes more than a dozen schools from the Big 12, SEC, Pac-12, Big Ten, and independents (Notre Dame).
All three of the aforementioned players are rated in the top 20 of Scout.com national analyst Greg Powers' Texas Top 50.
Another player in the top 25 of Powers' state rankings is Houston Lamar 2015 cornerback Holton Hill, who also received an Alabama offer Wednesday afternoon. Hill is another player with double-digit offers from numerous conferences.
The fifth Alabama offer of the day went to Newton 2015 safety Roney Elam, who tweeted the news just before 4:30 p.m. The Bama offer is the fifth for Elam since last Thursday, when LSU kick-started his list with the first offer. Between the offers from LSU and Alabama, Elam received offers from Mississippi State, Baylor, and Texas Tech.
Alabama already has one 2015 commitment from Texas: West Orange-Stark safety Deionte Thompson. Wednesday's activity makes it obvious that Alabama intends to continue to establish a recruiting presence in the Lone Star State.