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A Look at Five 2022 Viable Wide Receiver Options for the Longhorns

Tristan Larsen

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Texas’s loss to TCU was upsetting, to say the least. With Oklahoma struggling, and Sam Ehlinger looking to make a Heisman run, 2020 was an optimal year for the Longhorns to make their case for inclusion into the College Football Playoffs. Alas, Gary Patterson got the best of Texas and Tom Herman... again.

While the loss still stings for Longhorn faithful, the future is still glaringly bright for Texas Football. A lot of that excitement can be attributed to future Longhorn and 2022 recruit Quinn Ewers.

Ewers is highly regarded as one of, if not the, best player in High School Football today. The signal-caller for the powerhouse Southlake Carroll Dragons opened up his 2020 campaign by dropping 72 points on Rockwall-Heath. In the win, Ewers completed nearly 80% of his passes for 388 yards on just 21 completions along with five touchdowns to no interceptions.

Ewers is really good at football. It’s as simple as that. Texas’s class of 2022 is only three athletes deep but it already ranks as the fourth-best class via 247Sports. The class is highlighted by Ewers but also includes Lancaster wide receiver, Phaizon Wilson. The four-star wide-out committed before Ewers and his decision paid off as now he gets to catch passes from one of the best players Texas may have ever recruited.

Ewers is going to have that effect. His commitment might be the deciding factor in many wide receiver/tight ends decisions.

Texas has already doled out offers to 2022 wide receivers, but below are five legitimate weapons that would be ideal in joining the 2022 class with Ewers.

Caleb Burton – Del Valle – The top wide receiver in the class of 2022 is Del Valle’s Caleb Burton. Texas has already extended an offer to Burton, and ironically Burton just announced his top-12 schools via his social media with Texas being included. The top quarterback in the class, coupled with the nation’s #1 receiver prospect in Austin? Why not.

Burton is a 6’0 165-pound five-star wide receiver from Del Valle, Texas. It’s roughly a 25-minute drive from the UT campus in Austin. Along with being the class’s best wide-out, via the 247Sports Composite, he’s the number three ranked player in the state of Texas and a top-10 player nationally for that class as well.

As a freshman, Burton was second-team All-District as he hauled in 32 receptions for 609 yards and six touchdowns. As a sophomore, he improved to first-team All-District while catching 51 more passes for 882 yards and 12 touchdowns.

I talked to Burton back in July when he said the following on his recruitment – “The recruiting process is going very well right now, I’ve had some virtual tours with some schools and I’ve been talking to a lot of schools every day.”

Burton unfortunately just announced he will be missing the rest of his junior season with a knee injury. Burton is a name Texas fans should remember despite him not being able to light up defenses in 2020.

Stephon Johnson – Lancaster – Stephon Johnson out of Lancaster has yet to receive an offer from Texas, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility. There’s already a connection there as the first player to commit to Texas’s 2022 class was Lancaster wide receiver, Phaizon Wilson. Texas could look to target Johnson if they wanted that instant chemistry from day one.

Johnson is a 6’1 175-pound three-star prospect via the 247Sports Composite. He ranks as the 56th best wide receiver in the class of 2022 along with being the 54th ranked player overall in the state of Texas. Johnson currently has offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Ole Miss, and Virginia among others.

Johnson transferred to the 5A powerhouse after spending his sophomore season at Houston Heights. As a sophomore Johnson had 36 receptions for 636 yards and nine touchdowns. Lancaster vs Skyline was scheduled for October 2, but unfortunately was canceled due to COVID-19. Lancaster played their first game against Dallas Samuell and won 73-0.

RJ Maryland – Southlake Carroll – What better way to make Ewers feel right at home than to recruit his tight end?

Ewers, as mentioned above, put on a passing clinic in game one of the 2020 season. 21 completions, 388 yards, five touchdowns. A masterclass in how to play the quarterback position. One of his favorite targets against Rockwall-Heath was his tight end RJ Maryland. The 6’4 210-pound weapon hauled in three receptions but for 86 yards and a touchdown in his first game.

Maryland is a guy who can line up at the tight end position, line up in the slot, or out-wide as a number one option. If his last name sounds familiar it’s cause he is the son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle, Russell Maryland.

While still early in his high school career, the younger Maryland should prove this season to be one of Ewers’s top pass catchers. Texas needs to start paying attention soon before the offers start rolling in for Maryland.

Evan Stewart – Liberty – Another top player in the state of Texas, and another player who Texas has already extended an offer to is Frisco Liberty wide receiver Evan Stewart.

Stewart is a four-star wide receiver via the 247Sports Composite. He ranks as the seventh-best wide receiver in the class of 2022, the sixth-best overall in the state of Texas, and is a top-50 player nationally via those rankings. Stewart stands at 6’0 and 175-pounds and already has offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Texas among many others.

Stewart was the shining star on a not-so-great Liberty squad last year that went 1-9. He caught 52 balls for 820 yards and seven touchdowns. This year Liberty has already matched last year’s win total in just two games as Stewart has caught eight passes for 160 yards and the lone Liberty receiving touchdown.

I talked to Stewart back in April when he first received an offer from Texas. What was his reaction to seeing all the offers flow in? “It was a wonderful feeling,” he said.

Armani Winfield – Lewisville – Last but certainly not least, is Lewisville’s elite wide-out, Armani Winfield.

Winfield is a 6’2 180-pound wide receiver who catches passes currently from Boise State commit Taylen Green at Lewisville. He’s a four-star wide receiver via the 247Sports Composite. Via those rankings, Winfield is the 12th best wide receiver in his class and the 12th best player in Texas overall.

Luckily for Texas fans, Winfield already has an offer from Texas. Not only that, but he also has a 90% chance of committing to Texas via the 247Sports crystal balls. Winfield as a freshman received the district Co-Offensive Newcomer of the Year as he caught 27 balls for 376 yards and three touchdowns. His production increased drastically in his sophomore season as he had 58 receptions for 758 yards and eight touchdowns and he was a unanimous first-team All-District selection.

Winfield and Lewisville have started off their 2020 campaign at 1-1. Winfield personally has only six receptions but for 130 yards averaging nearly 22 yards a reception.

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