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Longhorns favored by 35 against Rice Owls in season opener

Texas Longhorns linebacker Jaylan Ford (41) celebrates a late 4th quarter fumble recovery during the game against Iowa State at Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas on Oct. 15, 2022.  Photo: Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK
When the #11 ranked Texas Longhorns take the field against the Rice Owls on Saturday it will mark the 97th meeting between the former Southwest Conference foes.  Texas has beaten the Owls 15 straight and 43 of their last 44 meetings, including a 58-0 shutout when they last played in 2021.  The Vegas oddsmakers currently have the Longhorns favored to win by 35 points.
Texas improved in their second season under head coach Steve Sarkisian, posting an 8-5 record after finishing Sarkisian's inaugural season in Austin at 5-7.  The Longhorns return all five starters on the offensive line and starting quarterback Quinn Ewers, who threw for 2,177 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.  A loaded wide receiver corps led by Xavier Worthy and Georgia transfer AD Mitchell, looks to benefit from a healthy, more disiplined Ewers that assumed the role of team leader in the offseason.  Filling the void at running back left by Bijan Roinson and Roschon Johnson will be a tall task, but the Longhorns have plenty of talent in Jonathan Brooks, Keilan Robinson, Jaydon Blue and CJ Baxter and Savion Red. 
Defensively, Bo Davis must be happy with the production returning to the line.  Barryn Sorrell, T'Vondre Sweat, Vernon Broughton, Alfred Collins and Jaylon Guilbeau are all guys that made things difficult for quarterbacks last season.  All-American linebacker Jaylon Ford decided to forego the NFL Draft and returned to the 40 Acres for his senior season after notching a team-high 119 tackles (61 solo) last season.  The depth at defensive back is still being sorted, but seniors Jerrin Thompson and Jahdae Barron return this season to anchor the Longhorns' secondary.
The Rice Owls last won in Austin in 1965 as members of the Southwest Conference.  On Saturday, the Owls will play their first game as members of the American Athletic Conference.  Led by head coach Mike Bloomgren who is in his sixth season at Rice, Rice finished the 2022 season 5-8.  The Owls return 12 starters this season.
Saturday's season opener will honor Texas' 1963 National Championship team as well as legendary Longhorn linebacker Derrick Johnson who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame this year.

Setting Expectations for the Longhorns in 2023 [VIDEO]

On Saturday, the Longhorns open their 2023 season campaign against the Rice Owls. After last season's overall 8-5 record, is this the year in which the Longhorns can finally claim their spot at the top of the Big 12 Conference standings? Today, Devon Messinger and Dylan DeRaud discuss their season expectations for the Texas Longhorns, and what would qualify as a successful season.

Texas Volleyball falls to #7 as they face #5 Minnesota on the road

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Following their shocking upset to unranked Long Beach State as they opened the season, the Texas Longhorns have dropped from the #1 slot to #7 and will play their first ranked opponent, #5 Minnesota, tomorrow in Minneapolis at 7:00PM.  This and their upcoming game against #2 Stanford in Austin on Saturday at 11:30AM will be a huge test of their ability to compete for another national title.
This season alone, three of the top five NCAA ranked teams are from the Big 10 Conference.  As they opened their season, Minnesota was easily victorious over Big 12 teams TCU (3-1) and #16 Baylor (3-0). Versus the Horned Frogs, the Gophers registered 52 kills, with a hitting efficiency of 0.269 for the match, and defensively earned 67 digs and nine blocks.  Similarly, their offense's efficiency against the Bears was 0.294 with 36 kills and another impressive defensive performance - 12 blocks and 45 digs. While they lost outside hitter Jenna Wanaas (OH) to the Longhorns in a transfer, sophomore Mckenna Wucherer has led Minnesota’s offense and senior Phoebe Awoleye (MB) has solidly defended the net. Not to be outdone, their fifth-year Libero Kylie Murr was just named Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week.
As a member of the Big 10, Minnesota is accustomed to competing against some of the country’s best programs, and tomorrow’s match will be no different.  Texas Longhorn Coach Jerritt Elliott and crew have had little time since their subpar performances to evaluate and adjust, moreover build a rhythm among returners and rising stars. Tomorrow will be a fierce competition for the reigning champions but an opportunity of redemption from their troubled start. Catch the game on ESPN2. 

Steve Sarkisian's Media Availability Takeaways before Rice

The Texas Longhorns kick off the 2023 season on Saturday as they take on the Rice Owls in Austin at 2:30 CT. It’s been a busy off-season full of transfers, rumors and hype, but all of that now comes to a close. In fact, it even put a smile on head coach Steve Sarkisian’s face today. Let’s break down why, and what else he had to say in Monday morning's media availability. 
Sark started off the conference by stating his excitement for Saturday but mentioned that they have a “veteran opponent coming to town” this weekend with a lot of experience and intricate schemes. His squad seems to be fully healthy and ready to go, though, as only LB Morice Blackwell will miss this week’s game.  The rest of the team is 100%. Digging deeper into the less general parts of the conference, Sarkisian was asked about his overall thoughts on the position groups and asked “what’s that going to look like?” to himself when mentioning the running back room now without Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson. Currently, senior Jonathan Brooks seems to be the starter with freshman CJ Baxter behind him. 
Mentioning class level, Sark was asked how he challenged the older veterans this off-season: “We’ve [Texas] put in a lot of work over three years… how do we want the movie to go this year? What are they willing to do to write the script so that script can play out?” He continued to mention embracing the hate and that “at some point, you have to hunt. You have to punch back… we have to make sure that they get our best shot”. Sark seems to not only be comfortable with the yearly hype around Texas Football, but his entire team as well stating that he feels “really connected” with his players this year. It also probably helps to have something to rally around… that being Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark’s comments in Lubbock last week telling Texas Tech to “take care of business” against Texas this coming year as he will be in Austin for the game the day after Thanksgiving. Sark’s comments towards this: “I don’t think he’s going to have his Thanksgiving dinner with us… we know who’s behind us… let's go play”. 
So, one reason for the smile is the strong understanding of his team and environment. The others include his love for the game, and how it’s “called a game for a reason”; it’s supposed to be fun. He went on to mention how other position groups are battling weekly for depth chart placement, how the offense needs “to be electric” and that the thing he feels best about this season is that “we [Texas] are a team.”
Come Saturday, this team will finally be put to the test. 
-Twitter: @RSwantkowski

Longhorns Recruiting Road Trip: Week 1

Week 1:
On Friday, I ventured out to Cavalier Stadium to watch Lake Travis take on an Arlington Martin team who are without former head coach Bob Wager for the first time since 2006.
In the first half of the game, defenses reigned supreme as neither side allowed a score. For Lake Travis, defensive lineman Gustavo Cordova and linebacker Markus Boswell are the highlights of a Cavalier defense that looks to have improved with experience. In the case of Cordova, the junior has seen his recruiting stock skyrocket as of late as he recently received an offer from Oklahoma. Likewise, Boswell has a plethora of collegiate offers from schools such as Arizona, Colorado and Texas State.
On the Martin Warriors defensive front, sophomore Jesse Ford was a key contributor, tallying eight tackles and a sack. Ford, who stands in at 6'5", has already received offers from Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
Ultimately, senior Cavaliers running back Nico Hamilton was the main offensive selling point in the game, amassing 180 yards on 22 carries - scoring one touchdown. Thanks to Lake Travis's late offensive life, the Cavaliers were able to capitalize on a well-played defensive contest and started off their season with a 13-6 victory over Martin.
Extra Point:
Will this be the year that Lake Travis reclaims their dominance over the Austin-area? In my opinion, it is too early to tell but their game on September 22 against Westlake will likely be a decent indicator. Additionally, with Vandegrift having made an appearance in last year's title game, the Cavaliers are currently still on the outside looking in.
Lastly, I will be curious to see if the play of players such as Cordova and Ford attracts the eyes of the Longhorns recruiting staff. Both defensive linemen still have over a year of play left in their high school careers to court the Longhorns.
Miles Logged:

Texas Volleyball splits on the road with an upset in their season opener

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After a poor performance by #1 Texas Volleyball as they opened season play in California last night falling to unranked Long Beach State (LBSU), they rebounded with a win over Loyola Marymount (LMU) today. The 2022 seasoned and well-oiled team that clinched the NCAA National Championship in December is a distant memory. 
The reigning champions’ offense looked outmatched earning 44 kills to LBSU’s 56.  At the end of last season, Texas’ offensive efficiency averaged 0.336 and all three sets the Longhorns lost against LBSU were well under - with the only set they won at 0.455. The Longhorns solidly defended their backcourt with 45 digs but was plagued by 17 service errors. 
In their second match of the season they defeated the Lions in three sets but didn’t dominate. Texas was led offensively by transfer Jenna Wanaas (OH) who earned 10 kills followed by Madisen Skinner (OH) with eight – but a team efficiency of 0.165 – totaling only 30 kills for the match. They reduced their service errors to nine and again defended their turf accruing 35 digs with Skinner carrying the team at 10.
Although the team is missing talented middle blocker Asjia O’ Neal, they retain top players. Yet, the team faces natural challenges as they transition to a new setter, establish communication, adequately defend their court and limit amateur mistakes. Coach Jerritt Elliott is a seasoned veteran and will no doubt return to the 40 Acres to evaluate tapes, troubleshoot in practice and make necessary adjustments. The Longhorns will be tested and looking for redemption to a rocky start when they travel away next week to face #7 Minnesota on August 29 and return home to play #3 Stanford at Gregory Gym on September 2.  

Notes from Steve Sarkisian's weekly Monday Press Conference

A couple of days after Texas's first scrimmage of the fall, Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian addressed the media to discuss his team's performance. Below, you can find the 'sparknotes' from his interactions with the media.
Additional Notes: Sarkisian is happy with where Quinn Ewers stands confidence-wise and believes that a quarterback's confidence "permeates" throughout the team. Additionally, Sarkisian is happy with how his quarterback room is progressing in their individual roles.

Baseball receives commitment from 2024 pitcher Ka’imi Kahalekai

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David Pierce added another arm to his 2024 recruiting class with the addition of Hawaiian right-handed pitcher Ka’imi Kahalekai.  Kahalekai is 6-8, 210 lbs. and pitches/plays first base for Kamehameha Schools in Maui.
His fastball averages around 90 MPH and his curve ball in the upper 70's.

Texas Football Ranked #11 in Preseason AP Poll

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) warms up ahead of the Longhorn's Orange and White spring football game in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Saturday, April 15, 2023.  Photo: SARA DIGGINS/AMERICAN-STATESMAN / USA TODAY NETWORK
The Texas Longhorns and head coach Steve Sarkisian will begin the 2023 football season with high expectations and a #11 ranking in the first poll released by the Associated Press on Monday.
Defending national champions, the Georgia Bulldogs, claim the top spot in the AP Poll, followed by Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama and LSU to round out the Top 5.
Other Big 12 teams making an appearance in the poll are Kansas State (16) and Oklahoma (20).
The Longhorns begin their season on Saturday, September 2nd as they host the Rice Owls at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium.

5-star EDGE Colin Simmons commits to Texas

Texas picked up their biggest commitment of the 2024 cycle Thursday afternoon when Duncanville 5-star Colin Simmons announced his commitment to the Longhorns. 
The talented edge rusher chose Texas over LSU and Miami. Simmons is the first 5-star defensive end/edge rusher to choose the Longhorns since Jackson Jeffcoat.
In 2022, Simmons tallied 33 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks en route to helping Duncanville win the state championship. 
The Longhorns now sit at 16 commitment in the 2024 class and moved up to #17 in the 247composite rankings. 

Quinn Ewers and Jaylan Ford: What They Said at Thursday's Media Availability

The new football season is approaching, and it seems that both starting QB Quinn Ewers and starting LB Jaylan Ford are ready and eager to get started. Today's media availability started with Ewers, and he was asked several questions regarding his weight, diet and stature now: "I laid off the Chick-Fil-A, I'm a big Chick-Fil-A fan". He continued on by stating that he does allow himself a cheat day every now and then due to him being more "comfortable" with his weight now compared to earlier in the year and that he weighs around 200 pounds now. In person, Ewers looks season-ready. When asked about the upcoming season, Ewers stated that he "feel(s) like we [Texas] are really bought in this year... this off-season... it didn't really feel like it was an off-season... we attacked it with the right mindset". Ewers went on to highlight the defense, RB Jonathan Brooks and others, but what caught my ear was the quote "I've learned to try and not be as perfect... just give them [the receivers] a chance".
In his second year with Texas, let's see if he can capitalize on that thought.
Switching over to Jaylan Ford, he mentioned that he studies 49ers linebacker Fred Warner's game and Saints linebacker Demario Davis' as well. Talking about his motivation, Ford tells himself every morning when he wakes up that he is the "best linebacker in the country". Ford went on to talk very highly of Arkansas transfer and safety Jalen Catalon along with QB Maalik Murphy as well. Jaylan, when mentioning why he came back to Texas for another year instead of going to the NFL, stated "I was just getting started and unleashing my potential." The quote that gets Texas fans going would be Ford being aware of "the talent and potential that we [Texas] have on this team..." but then turning that potential into something bigger than that as well. Soon, the college football world will see if the Longhorns are able to do just that. 
-Twitter: @Rswantkowski

Deep in the Heart of Texas Volleyball

Texas libero Emma Halter, left, and outside hitter Madisen Skinner celebrate after a point during the Longhorns' spring game against the Baylor Bears in the Gregory Gymnasium in Austin, April 5, 2023. Photo: SARA DIGGINS/AMERICAN-STATESMAN / USA TODAY NETWORK
After a 28-1 run in 2022 to notch the fourth National Championship title in program history, Longhorn Volleyball fans can preview the 2023 team as the program hosts its Orange-White game at Gregory Gym at 3PM this Saturday.  After six consecutive years of Texas clinching the Big 12 Championship, it is not surprising they claimed the top spot in the 2023 Big 12 Preseason Poll where they are now joined by four new teams.
While Texas lost their top player and captain, 2022 NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player and AVCA Player of the Year, Logan Eggleston, talent at the net remains and should not be dismissed.  The Big 12 named Madisen Skinner (OH) its Preseason Player of the Year and she is accompanied by three additional Longhorns whom the Conference named Preseason All-Big 12 team members Asjia O’Neal (MB), Molly Phillips (OPP) and a transfer grab from Minnesota – hitter, Jenna Wenaas.  
The Longhorns also lost their team quarterback in Saige Ka'aha'aina-Torres, but if preseason selections foretell, freshman Ella Swindle of Missouri, should slide seamlessly into the team’s setter position after being named Co-Preseason Freshman of the Year.  Swindle was the 2021-22 Gatorade Missouri Volleyball Player of the Year and 2022 AVCA First Team High School All-American.  It marks the first time since 2019 that a Texas player has received this nomination.
Another potential weak spot for the reigning champs is Libero – an often uncelebrated and unappreciated key component to team success.  Formally exemplified by Zoe Fleck’s performances, this player must not only defend the backline but create solid opportunities for the setter to produce assists to a chorus of hitters that optimize the potential for kills. 
This weekend’s scrimmage followed by an exhibition game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on August 18 at 6PM will allow Coach Jerritt Elliott and crew to test run their full roster and formulate a starting six before embarking on their next quest for a crown.  
2023 Big 12 Volleyball Preseason Poll
School Points 1. Texas (12) 144 2. BYU (1)  125 3. Baylor 123 4. TCU 106 5. Kansas  105 6. Houston 91 7. Iowa State 81 8. K-State 63 9. UCF 51 10. Oklahoma 45 11. Texas Tech 37 12. Cincinnati  23 13. West Virginia 20

Texas checks in at #12 in preseason coaches poll

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Less than 4 weeks remain until Texas kicks off the season against Rice in Austin. On Monday morning, the preseason coaches poll was released. The Longhorns checked in at #12, their highest preseason ranking since 2019 (#10).
Georgia took the top spot and was followed by Michigan. Alabama, who Texas plays in week 2, was voted #3. In all, Texas will play 5 games against teams ranked in the preseason top 25 (Alabama, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State, Texas Tech).

NCAA Volleyball 2023 Season Preview

Dec 17, 2022; Omaha, Nebraska, US; Texas Longhorns head coach Jerritt Elliott signals before a serve against the Louisville Cardinals at CHI Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Texas starts as reigning champions this season but has lost 2022 AVCA Player of the Year, Logan Eggleston (OH), along with key position leaders in setter Saige Kaʻahaʻaina-Torres and libero, Zoe Fleck, all completing their collegiate careers.  Because the Longhorns retain powerhouse offensive and defensive leaders such as Asjia O’Neal (MB), Madisen Skinner (OH) and Molly Phillips (OPP), led by veteran coach Jerritt Elliott, and picked up an offensive threat from Minnesota, Jenna Wenaas, they maintain the #1 2023 Preseason Power 10 slot according to NCAA rankings.
Movement in the transfer portal since last season has created some power shifts.  The rankings place Wisconsin at #2, as the Badgers retain most of their roster despite losing two key players and have strong pickups from the portal including Big 10 top hitter (502 kills in 2022), Temi-Thomas Ailara.  #3 Stanford, a perennial powerhouse that lost to San Diego in the National Semi-finals in 2022, retains its team and will be a huge test for Texas in pre-conference play as they face-off at Gregory Gym on Saturday, September 3, at 11:30AM.
Louisville (#4) has experienced a change in their roster both through graduations but also strong transfer pickups.  They remain competitive as the 2022 Runner-up losing to Texas in the Final.  While Nebraska has had a young team in recent seasons, observers believe this gelled team is well positioned to make a run this fall slated in the #5 spot.  A team that has made strong runs in the postseason the past two cycles, Pitt, is #6.  While they lost players in key positions, their recent history gives them an advantage as they enter regular-season play.
Texas faces another pre-conference top ten early in the season at Minnesota (#7) on August 29.  However, this year, the Gophers will see a Wenaas across the court suited up in burnt orange. Minnesota will be led by a new coach and retain Big 10 Player of the Year, Taylor Landfair.  Penn State claims the #8 spot after adding strong portal moves to their young team including Big 10 Setter of the Year, Mac Podraza, from Ohio State.
Rounding out the preseason preview, #9 Oregon and #10 Florida.  The Ducks are home to AVCA 2022 Freshman of the Year, power hitter Mimi Coyler, and are benefiting from a Baylor transfer, middle blocker Kara McGhee who is among top ten in the country.  Florida caps the rankings as they start the season retaining top talent and accruing strong transfers to make a run on the road to the Finals in Tampa, Florida, later this year. 
The Texas Longhorns kick-off their season August 25 against Long Beach State at 8PM in California but fans can first catch them next weekend (Saturday, August 12, at 3PM) for their Orange-White game at Gregory.

4-star DL D'antre Robinson pledges to Texas

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Texas continues to beef up the defensive line as they prepare to enter the SEC in 2024. The Longhorns picked up a key commitment Thursday afternoon from DL D'antre Robinson out of Orlando (FL). 
Robinson is ranked as the 353rd player in the country in the 247composite rankings. Robinson committed to Texas over offers from Florida, Ohio State, Miami and Florida State. His commitment is the 3rd for the Longhorns along the defensive line, joining Alex January and Melvin Hills. Texas now has 15 commitments overall and ranks 19th in the 247composite team rankings.

Baseball Offseason Update: Witt and LBJ to return, MLB Draft Complete, Portal addition

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It has been a busy last 7 days for Texas baseball as David Pierce and his staff looked to finish the offseason strong. The MLB Draft began last Sunday evening and concluded Tuesday afternoon. 6 Longhorns were taken: LHP Lucas Gordon, OF Dylan Campbell, C Garret Guillemette, RHP Travis Sthele, RHP Zane Morehouse and RHP Tanner Witt. Witt, who was taken in the 18th round by the Baltimore Orioles, as already announced his intention to return for the 2024 season.
In addition to Witt returning, fellow RHP Lebarron Johnson Jr. also announced he would be back for his redshirt junior season. Johnson came on strong in the second half of the 2023 season, finishing with a 2.91 ERA in 86.2 innings.
From the high school ranks, the only Texas signee selected was RHP Travis Sykora by the Washington Nationals in the 3rd round. All other signees are expected to make it to campus, including highly touted OF Will Gasparino and INF Casey Borba, both out of California.
The Longhorns wrapped up the week by securing a commitment from Duke transfer Luke Storm. Storm started 107 games over the course of two seasons with the Blue Devils, smacking 23 homers and slugging .523. He mainly spent time at 1B in 2023. Storm is the 5th commitment for Texas out of the portal, joining RHP Will Rigney, LHP Will Mercer, OF Seth Werchan and LHP Oliver Santos.

Texas MBB: Transfers, Roster Updates and more

Texas Longhorns head coach Rodney Terry walks with Texas Longhorns guard Tyrese Hunter (4) during the first half of a Sweet 16 college basketball game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Texas Longhorns in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 24, 2023, at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo.  Photo:  Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK
Back in May, I wrote an article describing all of the (at that point) recent updates and signings with the Texas Men's Basketball Program. Yet, in just two months, a lot has changed. Let’s take a look at all that has happened with Rodney Terry and Co. 
May 18th: G Tyrese Hunter withdraws from the NBA Draft and decides to return to Texas. Hunter will most definitely retain his starting role with the team after transferring from Iowa State before last season and put up a respectable 10.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Yet, he did struggle a bit throughout the season. Texas fans want to see more from him this year, especially after a year in Terry’s system already. 
June 1st: F Dillon Mitchell also withdraws from the NBA Draft to return for his 2nd season with the Longhorns. Before last season, Mitchell was projected by many to be a top-10 lottery pick but fell down the ranks as his playing time and success on the court decreased. Regardless, Mitchell’s potential is still through the roof and is expected to have a major role for the team this coming season. A huge win for Terry and the Horns. 
June 26th: 2023 Four-star guard Chris Johnson commits to Texas. Johnson, who was formerly committed to Kansas, joins a now young and talented backcourt already in Austin for the coming season. Johnson is a 6-4 Texas native who was mentored by Longhorn legend T.J. Ford in his youth and has good size, speed, and length. Expect him to make an immediate impact this coming year. 
July 6th: G Ithiel Horton, a grad transfer from UCF, transfers to Texas. He averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game last year and should provide some nice depth and a strong bench presence in his last year of eligibility for the Horns. 
July 10th: F Devon Pryor commits to Texas. He was a part of the 2024 class and was also committed to LSU, yet now both of these have changed as he will be reclassified to the 2023 class and join the Horns this season. At 6-7 and 180 lbs, Pryor adds even more length and talent to a team that already has Dylan Disu, Kaden Shedrick and Dillon Mitchell. 
Even though Rodney Terry lost some big-time recruits a few months ago, including 5-stars Ron Holland and A.J. Johnson, he has been able to form what seems to now be a team that can truly compete for a Big 12 title. Here’s a list of projected starters and main bench players Texas has currently: 
G: Tyrese Hunter, Max Abmas, Chris Johnson, Brock Cunningham, Chandall Weaver, Ithiel Horton 
SF/F: Dillon Mitchell, Devon Pryor, Ze’Rik Onyema 
F/C: Dylan Disu, Kaden Shedrick
-Twitter: @Rswantkowski 

Texas picks up trio of commitments in 2024 class

It was a busy Saturday for Steve Sarkisian and his staff, as the Longhorns reeled in 3 commitments in the 2024 class over the course of the day. The additions of WR Parker Livingstone, DT Alex January and S Jordon-Johnson Rubbell give Texas 11 total commitments in the class.
Livingstone is ranked as the 296th overall player in the country according to the 247composite rankings. January checks in at 463rd and Johnson-Rubbell has the highest ranking of the three at 134th.
The Longhorns moved up to 32nd in the 247 team rankings after beginning the day in at 43.

Texas secures commitment from 2024 RB Jerrick Gibson

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Tashard Choice continued his hot streak on Saturday, securing a commitment from 2024 RB Jerrick Gibson out of IMG Academy in Florida. Gibson joined Christian Clark as the second RB to commit to Texas this cycle.
Gibson is ranked as the #2 RB in the country, according to the 247composite rankings. The Florida native chose the Longhorns over Georgia, Florida and Miami.
The Longhorns currently have 6 commitments in the 2024 class but are expected to add to that total after hosting a big group of official visitors this weekend.

Longhorns receive commitment from 4-star RB Christian Clark

Running back Christian Clark (Mountain Pointe High School - Phoenix, AZ) committed to the Texas Longhorns on Thursday, becoming head coach Steve Sarkisian's sixth verbal pledge in the Class of 2024.  Clark is rated a 4-star prospect according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.  He is rated the third best player in the state of Arizona, the 23rd best running back in the class and the 286th best overall player in the country.
Last season, Clark rushed for 737 yards on 103 attempts for 11 touchdowns.  He also caught 37 passes for 368 yards and five touchdowns.
Credit the Texas staff, in particular running backs coach Tashard Choice for closing in on Clark fast.  Clark took his officla visit to Austin on June 16th and committed to the Longhorns less than a week later.  He held offers from more than 25 schools including Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, USC, Oregon and Miami.
Clark joins Hunter Modden (ATH), Trey Owens (QB), Michael Kern (P), Santana Wilson (CB) and Freddie Dubose (WR) in the 2024 Class for Texas.

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