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Longhorns official visit weekend, week 2 recap
This weekend, Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns made sure to pull all the stops for the recruits that were on campus. In fact, Texas's assets included: Matthew McConaughey, Earl Campbell, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and much, much more. Why was this weekend so important for Sarkisian? Well, top recruits such as 2023 five-star running back Rueben Owens and 2023 five-star Arch Manning were set to step foot on campus.
Today, we will discuss some of this weekend's visitors and will list all of Texas's offers since my last article.
Commitments & Transfers:
Within the last seven days, the Longhorns have landed commitments from 2022 five-star long snapper Lance St. Louis, 2022 three-star athlete Anthony Jones and Alabama transfer Keilan Robinson.
To begin, St. Louis is the second ranked long snapper in the nation according to Kohl's. The long snapper position is definitely one that goes unrecognized by most, however it is a critical position for special teams play.
Next, Jones, a former Washington commit, has a big 6'5" frame and has been recruited to play either as a linebacker or a tight end by college programs. However, for now it appears that the Longhorns are pursuing his services on the defensive side of the ball. In my opinion, Jones has long-term upside, thanks to his frame, however it will take time for him to physically develop and see time on the field. Currently, Jones has received 10 scholarship offers from schools such as: Miami, Oregon, USC and Washington.
Lastly, what Robinson will bring to the Longhorns is his speed. Coming out of high school in 2019, Robinson was a four-star recruit at the running back position. During his freshman season, Robinson rushed for 254 yards. In 2020, he opted out of Alabama's football season during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the running back's speed, Robinson will add value to the team by bolstering the depth of the running back room.
Like last weekend, the Longhorns were geared up to host top recruits. Steve Sarkisian has made it readily apparent that he will embrace the rich pride and tradition of the university, and bringing back successful alumni showcases this.
However, sometimes it is the little things that make the biggest difference. For example, 2022 five-star linebacker Harold Perkins shared his enthusiasm via Instagram for gummy bears, which were just one of the many goodies that he received during his official visit.
Currently, Perkins, who attends Cypress Park High School in the Houston area, has two 247Sports crystal ball predictions in favor of Texas A&M. However, it would be a huge win for the Longhorns if they were able to procure a commitment from the highly touted recruit.
In addition to Perkins, Texas hosted a large number of other top-rated recruits, such as Arch Manning, Rueben Owens, Anthony Hill and Johntay Cook II. Other than keeping Owens, a Texas pledge, in the boat, the Longhorns will face an uphill battle in their efforts for much of this group. Manning, the nation's top-ranked quarterback in the 2023 class, will have every major college football program vying for his services. Although, on the optimistic side of things, it appears that Sarkisian has been able to establish a bond with the young gunslinger from Louisiana. On the other hand, Hill and Cook are both highly recruited football players from the state of Texas. As a result, the Longhorns must prove that they are capable of warding off rivals for in-state talent.
Furthermore, the recruiting efforts were not only spent on skill players, but also on the interior. On Twitter, 2023 four-star interior offensive lineman Harris Sewell shared pictures from his Texas visit as well. Sewell, a product of Odessa Permian, will be one of the many top recruits that Kyle Flood will have his eyes on. Additionally, talent on the offensive line in the state's 2022 and 2023 recruiting classes certainly exists. And, as mentioned in last week's official visit article, it is very important for the Longhorns to capitalize on this talent as the previous coaching staff missed out on many of their 2021 targets.
Along with Sewell, 2022 four-star interior offensive lineman Cole Hutson once again explored the Forty Acres and met with coaches this weekend. During his last Texas visit just over a week ago, Hutson watched a Longhorns baseball game with Kyle Flood, Texas's offensive line coach.
Robert Gunn III - Kicker - Pinellas Park Mark Nabou - Three-star Interior Offensive Lineman - O'Dea 2023 Offers:
Olaus Alinen - Four-star Offensive Tackle - The Loomis Chaffee School Johnny Bowens - Three-star Defensive Lineman - Judson Rico Flores - Four-star Athlete - Folsom Vernon Glover Jr. - Three-star Cornerback - Dickinson Colton Thomasson - Offensive Tackle - Smithson Valley Tay'Shawn Wilson - Cornerback - Mayde Creek 2024 Offers:
Ryan Pellum - Wide Receiver - Millikan
Longhorns official visit weekend, week 1 recap
Beginning this past week, the Longhorns were finally able to host recruits on official visits. Additionally, Steve Sarkisian and his coaching staff also kicked off Texas's annual football camps. As a result, this week has been filled with buzz from many of Texas's top targets.
Today, we will recap some of the festivities from this past week and will list all of Texas's offers since my last article.
It was evident early on that the Longhorns had been preparing for this weekend as coach Steve Sarkisian posted a picture with "All Gas No Brakes" decor, Sarkisian's coaching mantra.
However, the decor is obviously not Texas's main draw, as having one of the best football stadiums in the country certainly takes precedence. 2022 three-star wide receiver Jeremy Patton, from Tenaha, TX, made sure to post a picture of himself at midfield inside of DKR during his official visit. Patton, who plays on both sides of the ball at Tenaha, has received two 247Sports crystal ball predictions, in favor of the Longhorns, from both Nick Harris and Mike Roach of Horns247.
2022 four-star running back TreVonte' Citizen expressed his pleasure with his official visit via Twitter. Citizen, a native of Lake Charles, LA, is also the nation's 13th highest-rated running back in the 2022 class per the 247Sports Composite. Earlier in the week, Citizen took an unofficial visit to LSU, which will be the school to beat for Citizen's services.
In addition to the skill positions, recruiting prominent offensive linemen was certainly on coach Kyle Flood's agenda. In fact, 2022 four-star interior lineman Cole Hutson, from Frisco, TX, was able to enjoy a Longhorns baseball game with Flood during his official visit. After Herb Hand's (former Texas offensive line coach) disappointing stay at Texas, this summer will be important for Kyle Flood to be able to court some of the country's top offensive linemen. Flood, who previously coached at Alabama under Nick Saban, has a great track record of recruiting and developing talent on the offensive line.
Lance St. Louis - Long Snapper - Williams Field 2023 Offers:
Tausili Akana - Four-star Linebacker - Kahuku Jaiden Ausberry - Five-star Linebacker - University Lab Jalen Brown - Four-star Wide Receiver - Gulliver Prep Mikal Harrison-Pilot - Four-star Safety - Temple Braylon James - Four-star Wide Receiver - Del Valle Chris Palfreeman - Three-star Wide Receiver - All Saints Episcopal 2024 Offers:
Jaden Allen - Cornerback - Aledo Jaydan Hardy - Safety - Lewisville Caleb Mitchell - Defensive Lineman - DeSoto
NCAA recruiting dead period ends, in-person visits begin
The day has finally come in which the NCAA will lift its recruiting dead period (which I have previously detailed here). As a result, coaches, such as Steve Sarkisian, are once again allowed to host recruits on official visits. The month of June will be incredibly busy for Texas's recruiting staff as the team has many top recruits that are scheduled to visit.
In today's article, I will discuss Texas's latest recruiting news and will list the team's most recent scholarship offers since my last article.
On Wednesday, 2022 four-star defensive lineman K.J. Miles announced that Texas is one of his top three schools. Along with Texas, Miles also listed Georgia Tech and Wisconsin in his top three. Miles, a product of St. Peters Prep in New Jersey, currently has two 247Sports crystal ball predictions in favor of Wisconsin. However, it seems that his recruitment is still up in the air as of this moment.
Miles has good size for a defensive lineman, standing in at 6'3" and 280 pounds. Additionally, in a COVID-19 shortened junior season (6 total games), Miles tallied 28 total tackles, 4 quarterback hurries, 3.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
Currently, Miles would become the third defensive lineman in Texas's 2022 recruiting class if he chose to commit to the Longhorns.
The month of May was pretty quiet in terms of recruiting, which was to be expected. However, with top recruits being able to tour facilities and meet with coaches in-person, fans should anticipate to hear some noise in the recruiting world.
In addition to official visits, college football programs will once again be able to host camps. This is important because it allows college coaches an opportunity to evaluate recruits in-person. This year, the Longhorns plan to sprinkle their camp dates across the entire month of June.
Andrew Keller - Three-star Tight End - Waunakee 2023 Offers:
Ethan Davis - Three-star Wide Receiver - Collins Hill Lebbeus Overton - Five-star Defensive Lineman - Milton Sonny Styles - Five-star Safety - Pickerington Central Jayden Wayne - Five-star Defensive Lineman - Lincoln 2024 Offers:
Wallace Foster - Cornerback - Warren Easton
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