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Longhorns official visit weekend, week 4 recap

At last, Texas's series of official visit weekends throughout the month of June has come to an end. Additionally, Monday marks the start of a new dead period which will run through July 24. As a result, this past weekend was a prime opportunity for the Longhorns coaching staff to make a great impression on recruits before having the chance to see them again in the future.
Today, we will discuss some of Texas's visitors and will list all of the team's offers since my last article.
 
Visits:
 
Longhorns defensive back Josh Thompson shared a picture of 2022 four-star safety Bryce Anderson and 2022 four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau, standing next to Longhorn legend Michael Huff and his Rolls-Royce. Obviously, the Longhorns were taking advantage of every weapon at their disposal, including Michael Huff's Jim Thorpe award which was also showcased.
Important to note, Anderson is set to make an announcement regarding his future school on the Fourth of July. Currently, Texas has a plethora of 247Sports crystal ball predictions in favor of landing Anderson.
Speaking of the safety position, 2023 four-star safety Mikal Harrison-Pilot also shared his pleasure with Texas via Twitter. Along with Harrison-Pilot, highly regarded recruits such as 2022 five-star offensive tackle Devon Campbell and 2022 four-star defensive lineman KJ Miles were also on campus as well.
In recent years, Texas has struggled to land the state's top talent on the offensive line, however a commitment from Campbell could very well start a favorable domino effect. As of now, the Longhorns are the favorite to land Campbell, who has several 247Sports crystal ball predictions in favor of Texas.
Another recruit that has been predicted to join the Longhorns is 2022 four-star athlete Arlis Boardingham, who was able to make the trip out to Texas to visit the Forty Acres. Boardingham, a Southern California product, is one of the many players from the Los Angeles area that coach Steve Sarkisian has been targeting.
Lastly, 2022 four-star defensive lineman Justice Finkley seemed to enjoy his Texas visit. However, after Finkley's official visit to Michigan just over a week ago, he received two 247Sports crystal ball predictions in favor of the Wolverines. As a result, it is safe to say that the Longhorns had some work to do this past weekend in order to sway Finkley to Texas.
Offers:
2023 Offers:
Derion Gullette - Linebacker - Marlin Justice Haynes - Four-star Running Back - Blessed Trinity Catholic Trey Holly - Four-star Running Back - Union Parish Jahlil McClain - Four-star Cornerback - St. John Bosco Jaden Platt - Tight End - Eaton 2024 Offers:
Julian Sayin - Quarterback - Carlsbad

Longhorns official visit weekend, week 3 recap

The past week has been a rather quiet one for Texas in recruiting. However, the headline story of the week was not a great one for the Longhorns as they lost a commitment from 2023 five-star running back Rueben Owens. But, on the bright side, Steve Sarkisian was also able to add another pledge to Texas's 2022 recruiting class.
Today, we will discuss some of Texas's visitors from this weekend and will list all of Texas's offers since my last article.
 
Rueben Owens:
On Thursday, Rueben Owens announced that he would decommit from the Longhorns. Just last weekend, Owens took an unofficial visit to Texas with recruits such as Arch Manning and Johntay Cook. Now, it appears that Texas may be on the outside looking in for Rueben's services. Owens, the nation's second-ranked running back in the nation according to 247Sports, has already gained four scholarship offers since his announcement. Additionally, with his decommitment, Texas's 2023 recruiting class is back to nil.
 
Will Stone:
On Tuesday, 2022 five-star kicker Will Stone declared that he was committing to Texas. Stone, who attends the Regents School of Austin, will stay close to home with his decision to play for the Longhorns. According to Kohl's, Stone is the 15th ranked kicker in the nation's 2022 class. Meanwhile, 247Sports has Stone listed as the nation's third-ranked kicker in the 2022 class.
 
Visits:
 
2022 four-star running back Jaydon Blue shared that he was enjoying his time in Austin this weekend via Twitter. Blue, the nation's top running back according to 247Sports, is a Texas pledge who attends Klein Cain High School in the Houston area.
In May, Blue announced his intention of opting out of his senior season of high school football. As a result, barring any unforeseen changes, Blue's next snaps on the football field should be for the Texas Longhorns.
In addition to Blue, 2022 four-star safety Bryan Allen Jr. was able to experience the Texas treatment on his official visit to the Forty Acres. Allen, an Aledo product, has been committed to joining the Longhorns since April. In addition, Bryan's younger brother, Jaden Allen, was also able to visit the campus as well. Jaden, a class of 2024 cornerback, received an offer from Texas earlier in the month of June.
Also on campus this weekend, 2022 four-star wide receiver C.J. Williams, who appeared to be all smiles during his official visit. Williams, a product of Mater Dei High School in the Los Angeles, CA area, is friends with current Texas pledge Maalik Murphy. The Mater Dei product is a hot commodity in the world of recruiting as 247Sports has him rated as the nation's sixth-ranked class of 2022 wide receiver.
Currently, 2022 four-star wide receiver Armani Winfield is Texas's only wide receiver commit in their 2022 recruiting class.
 
Offers:
2022 Offers:
Will Stone - Five-star Kicker - Regents School 2023 Offers:
Malik Bryant - Five-star Edge Rusher - IMG Academy Thomas Collins - Defensive Lineman - Sweden Lucas Simmons - Offensive Tackle - Clearwater Academy International

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.
 
Big Visitors:
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.
 
Offers:
2022 Offers:
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.
Official Visits:
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.
Offers:
2022 Offers:
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.
 
K.J. Miles:
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.
 
Official Visits:
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.
 
Offers:
2022 Offers:
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

Texas Basketball garnering buzz from 2022 class's top recruits

Since Chris Beard accepted the Texas job at the start of April, his staff has been in communication with many of the nation's top prospects. In fact, much like the football team, the Longhorns basketball team plans on hosting official visits for several highly regarded recruits during the summer.
Today, we will discuss the latest in recruiting, from top school announcements to all of Chris Beard's scholarship offers since arriving in Austin.
Keyonte George:
2022 five-star shooting guard Keyonte George announced that Texas is one of his top five schools. In addition to the Longhorns; Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State round out George's list. George, the top basketball player in the state of Texas according to 247Sports, is also the nation's sixth highest-ranked recruit per the 247Sports Composite.
Additionally, Horns247's Nick Harris has inserted a crystal ball prediction for George in favor of the Longhorns.
George, a 6'4" guard, has a quick shooting release and is not afraid to let it fly from behind the arc. During his junior season at Lewisville, George averaged 23.2 points per game and shot 50% from the field. In May, George announced that he will be transferring to iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy in Lewisville for his senior season.
 
Arterio Morris:
In addition to George, the Longhorns have also made 2022 four-star point guard Arterio Morris's top five schools list. The other four schools on Arterio's list are Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Oregon.
247Sports has ranked Morris as the nation's 25th best class of 2022 recruit, as well as the fifth best recruit in the state of Texas.
Like George, Morris will also be taking his talents to iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy for his senior season of high school basketball. Last season, Morris lead Dallas Kimball to a state championship game appearance, however the Knights ultimately lost to Beaumont United.
 
Bryce Griggs:
Lastly, 2022 five-star point guard Bryce Griggs named the Longhorns as one of his top seven schools. Big 12 rivals Baylor and Kansas also appeared on Bryce's list. It also should be noted that the lead recruiter for Griggs at Kansas was Jerrance Howard, who has since joined Chris Beard's coaching staff at Texas.
According to 247Sports, Griggs is ranked as the 19th best recruit in the nation's 2022 recruiting cycle. On top of that, Griggs is also ranked as the state of Texas's fourth best player in the class of 2022.
Griggs, who attends Fort Bend Hightower in Missouri, TX, averaged 22.6 points per game, 5 assists per game and shot 48% from the field last season. Although Griggs shot 33% from beyond the arc during his junior year, which doesn't jump off the page, Griggs has showcased an ability to make shots from a deep range.
 
Offers:
2022 Offers: 
Terrance Arceneaux - Four-star Small Forward - Beaumont United Emoni Bates - Five-star Small Forward - Ypsi Prep Academy Jazian Gortman - Four-star Point Guard - W.J. Keenan Sam Murray - Three-star Power Forward - Harrison Central Yohan Traore - Center - Prolific Prep Kel'el Ware - Four-star Center - North Little Rock Kijani Wright - Five-star Power Forward - Windward School 2023 Offers:
Robert Dillingham - Five-star Point Guard - Combine Academy Ronald Holland - Five-star Power Forward - Duncanville KJ Lewis - Five-star Shooting Guard - Chapin Tyler Smith - Five-star Power Forward - Fort Bend Bush J.J. Taylor - Five-star Small Forward - Kenwood Academy Ja'Kobe Walter - Four-star Shooting Guard - McKinney 2025 Offers:
Koa Peat

Longhorns Recruiting Road Trip: Southlake Carroll Spring Game

Last season, the Carroll Dragons were one win away from winning their ninth state championship. Although the Dragons were not able to beat the Westlake Chaparrals in the title game, their season could be categorized as a successful one. In fact, entering the 2020 season, Carroll only had one returning starter on defense, in addition to just three on offense.
 
Questions to be Answered:
The two storylines to watch for the next football season are:
#1: Can the defense further improve? #2: With top receiving target Brady Boyd now an early enrollee at Minnesota, who will step up for the Dragons on offense?  
Spring Game:
Those were the two questions that I had entering Carroll's annual spring game. However, these questions will certainly not be fully answered until the team is battle tested during the regular season.
To begin, Carroll is led by 2022 five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers, who is committed to Ohio State. Ewers, the nation's top-ranked prospect in the class of 2022, started the day off strong, connecting with 2022 receiver Corbin Duwe for a touchdown on the second play of the game. Duwe had several big-time catches and will be a player to keep an eye on in the fall.
2022 three-star wide receiver Landon Samson was not suited up for the Dragons, however he has high expectations for next season. In 2020, Samson caught 75 passes for 1,293 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a result, Landon's recruiting stock has soared as he is now up to 18 collegiate offers from schools such as Baylor, Nebraska and Utah. With Boyd now at Minnesota, Samson's production should expect an uptick in 2021.
Along with Samson, 2022 three-star tight end RJ Maryland should also expect to have a big senior season for the Dragons. RJ, the son of 10-year NFL veteran Russell Maryland, has also seen his recruiting fortunes skyrocket as he currently holds 24 college offers from schools such as Miami, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Last season, the 6'4" receiving threat caught 30 passes for 736 yards and 13 touchdowns. While Maryland was suited up on the sidelines, I did not see him appear in the spring game.
Although Texas has yet to extend an offer to Maryland or Samson, I would not be surprised if their names are discussed by Sarkisian's staff in the near future. Furthermore, Ewers should continue to be on Texas's radar as well. Sarkisian has been known as a quarterback guru during the course of his coaching career and proved his offensive intelligence in Alabama's dominant national championship win over Ohio State. As a result, Texas has the potential to re-emerge as an attractive destination for top-ranked quarterbacks.
Another intriguing player to watch on Carroll's offense is 2024 tight end Harrison Moore. While Maryland is frequently used as a flex tight end, Moore seems to be more of a singleback tight end. What instantly stood out about Moore is his outstanding frame, being listed at 6'5".
Now, turning to the question of defense, 2022 linebacker Travis Keener looks to be the unit's leader. According to MaxPreps, Keener, one of the team's captains, tallied a total of 29 tackles last season. However, he will have to shoulder much more responsibility during his senior season as 2021 three-star safety Cinque Williams will desperately missed. Additionally, the Dragons defense allowed over 27 points per game last season, a number that they will have to heavily decrease in 2021.
Carroll's defense had a slow start, however the group eventually found its groove and began to force turnovers. Ultimately, the summer will be particularly important for this side of the ball to further develop.
Overall, the Dragons are definitely poised to make another deep playoff run next season. However, the team will also have a lot to prove if they want to be able to win the final game of the Texas high school football season.

2022 Texas target Bryce Anderson sets commitment date

Recently, Texas has been busy sending out offers and coordinating camp dates for recruits. Additionally, the Longhorns are set to have a busy month of June as they will host a number of top recruits on official visits. Today, we will discuss the latest recruiting news and will list Texas's most recent offers since my last article.
 
Bryce Anderson:
 
Yesterday, 2022 four-star safety Bryce Anderson announced that he will declare his commitment on the fourth of July. Currently, Texas seems to be the favorite to land the Beaumont West Brook product as he has 11 247Sports crystal ball predictions for the Longhorns. Additionally, Anderson is set to make an official visit to Texas on the third weekend of June.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Anderson is the 45th top-ranked player in the nation's 2022 recruiting cycle.
 
De'Anthony Gatson:
 
Offered by Texas just over a week ago, 2022 three-star running back De'Anthony Gatson has already included the Longhorns in his top five schools list. The other four football programs on Gatson's list include: Colorado, Iowa State, Minnesota and Southern California.
Last season, Gatson rushed for 1,974 yards and scored a total of 31 touchdowns. In addition, Gatson was able to lead the Newton Eagles to the Texas high school football playoffs.
 
Offers:
2022 Offers:
Barion Brown - Four-star Wide Receiver - Pearl-Cohn De'Anthony Gatson - Three-star Running Back - Newton Tommy McIntosh - Three-star Wide Receiver - Dewitt Mykel Williams - Five-star Defensive Tackle - Hardaway 2023 Offers:
Rueben Bain Jr. - Four-star Defensive Tackle - Miami Central Nyckoles Harbor - Four-star Athlete - Archbishop Carroll AJ Harris - Five-star Cornerback - Glenwood School

2023 Football Target Jaden Greathouse Highlights

In January, Greathouse was able to win his second consecutive football state championship with the Westlake Chaparrals. After the season, MaxPreps named Greathouse to their High School Football Sophomore All-American team. In fact, Greathouse was able to earn first team honors.
According to 247Sports, the four-star prospect currently holds 5 offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas.
 
Sophomore Season Statistics (Via: MaxPreps)
Offense: 69 receptions, 1145 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.  
Strengths:
Like all good receivers, Greathouse has excellent hands for catching the football. As long as the quarterback gives him a chance to make a play, you can expect Jaden to make the catch. Additionally, Greathouse has good hand-eye coordination which he uses to his advantage not only on the football field, but also on the basketball court as well.
Complementing his receiving skills, Jaden is also a quality route runner which allows him to create separation with defensive backs. As a result, he often gives his quarterback an ample cushion to throw the ball.
As I previously mentioned, Greathouse has already been a part of two state championship football teams. Additionally, he was a member of Westlake's 2020-21 state runner-up basketball team, which ultimately was eliminated by top-ranked Duncanville. However, it is needless to say that he has been ingrained in a winning culture which will bode well for his future college program.
Needs Improvement:
Last season, I was curious to see how Greathouse would perform as Westlake's top receiver. He answered the call and helped lead the Chaparrals to another state championship. This offseason, I would like to see if Greathouse can shave some time off of his top-end speed. By doing so, Greathouse would become a bigger threat as a playmaker when he has the football.
 
What I See:
Coming onto the scene during his freshman season, it was evident that Greathouse was already one of the best receivers in Texas. Now, Greathouse has two state titles under his belt and can anticipate his recruiting buzz to crescendo. I believe that he is a very intriguing recruit to watch and should only get better over time.
The Longhorns will have competition in the pursuit of Greathouse, however they also have the advantage in proximity. Although Jaden's throwing partner at Westlake, and current Clemson commit, Cade Klubnik, is proof that there is a lot more to a college decision than just physical distance. Overall, it will be very interesting to see which schools make strides with Greathouse over the summer and, ultimately, to see where he ends up committing.

Longhorns remain active in transfer portal

As we near the month of June, gears will soon begin to turn for Texas's recruiting efforts. However, the Longhorns have already been quite active on the recruiting front. Today, we will discuss the latest recruiting buzz and will list all of Texas's most recent offers since my last article.
 
Palaie Gaoteote IV:
 
On Friday, Matt Zenitz of AL.com reported that the Longhorns are the probable landing spot for current USC linebacker, Palaie Gaoteote. Although Gaoteote missed much of last season due to injuries, he tallied 58 tackles for the Trojans in 2019.
Out of high school, 247Sports ranked Gaoteote as a five-star linebacker. In fact, 247Sports also listed Gaoteote as the nation's top inside linebacker in the nation's 2018 recruiting cycle.
Last season, the Longhorns were quite thin at the linebacker position. Additionally, Juwan Mitchell, the team's leading tackler, announced earlier in May that he will be transferring to Tennessee. As a result, Steve Sarkisian has been busy grabbing linebackers off of the transfer portal. This offseason, Texas has added transfer linebackers such as: Devin Richardson, Ben Davis, Ray Thornton and Ovie Oghoufo.
 
Arlis Boardingham:
Last Thursday, Nick Harris and Mike Roach of Horns247 entered crystal ball predictions for Boardingham in favor of Texas. Boardingham, a four-star athlete from California, stands in at 6'4" and weighs 220 pounds. Currently, Boardingham holds 14 college offers from schools such as: Notre Dame, Utah and Washington.
Highlights from Boardingham's sophomore season showcase his receiving ability and size, however fans will have to wait until after his senior season to see more extensive highlights due to a shortened junior season (due to California's COVID-19 precautions).
Lastly, Arlis has recently scheduled an official visit with Texas during the last weekend of June.
 
Offers:
2022 Offers:
Cameron Williams - Four-star Offensive Tackle - Duncanville 2023 Offers:
Peyton Bowen - Four-star Safety - Denton Guyer Luke Hasz - Four-star Tight End - Bixby Walker Lyons - Four-star Tight End - Folsom Jayden Wayne - Five-star Defensive End - Lincoln Ryan Yaites - Four-star Safety - Denton Guyer 2024 Offers:
David Stone - Defensive End - Del City

2022 Football Commit Bryan Allen Jr. Highlights

In February, 2022 four-star safety Bryan Allen Jr. committed to the Texas Longhorns. Just a month before his commitment, Allen, who was then committed to LSU, led the Aledo Bearcats to their 10th state title victory.
According to 247Sports, Allen currently holds 27 collegiate offers from schools such as Florida, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
 
Junior Season Statistics (Via: 247Sports)
Defense: 67 tackles, 6 pass breakups and 2 interceptions.  
Strengths:
Allen shows a real talent in being a safety net from the safety position. For starters, Bryan is not afraid to make a tackle on a running back that has made it to the second level. Additionally, Allen takes decent angles to the football and prevents quite a few big-play touchdowns from happening.
In addition to his tackling ability, Allen also serves as a center fielder for Aledo. Part of what makes Bryan a special player in the secondary is his ability to catch the football. In last season's playoff game against North Forney, Allen came away with an interception off of a tipped pass which showcased his hands and quick reaction time. However, as I previously mentioned, much of Allen's center field talent is his ability to clean up and do damage control, even when the offense's playmaker is on the other side of the field.
Needs Improvement:
Allen has proven to be one of the best safeties in Texas; however, I will be interested to see how he handles being "the guy" at Aledo next season. During his senior season, Allen will be tasked with shouldering more of the team's responsibilities than usual. In fact, Aledo is losing their two most explosive weapons on offense, JoJo Earle and DeMarco Roberts, due to graduation. As a result, Allen will probably have to play both ways quite often in 2021. I will be interested to see how Allen, who was occasionally utilized at wide receiver last season, handles the adversity.
 
What I See:
Quite honestly, Allen has always been an intriguing player. He flashed onto the scene during his sophomore year and shored up Aledo's defense on the back end. Now, a Longhorns commit, Allen will look to become Texas's next great safety. In my opinion, I believe that Allen has the potential to be developed into a future NFL Draft pick. As a result, I think that Bryan will be a fun player to watch during his tenure with the Longhorns. Until then, I will be excited to see if Allen can lead Aledo to yet another state title in 2021.

2022 Four-star ATH Ish Harris names Longhorns as a finalist

Well, this past week has been an eventful one for the Longhorns. In fact, Steve Sarkisian was able to land two transfer players and another commitment to Texas's 2022 class. To cap it off, the Longhorns were able to make a top prospect's final five schools list.
Today, we will discuss the past week in recruiting, and will list all of Texas's most recent offers since my last article.
 
Devin Richardson:
On the day after Texas's spring game, Devin Richardson announced that he would be transferring from New Mexico State to Texas. Unfortunately for Richardson, New Mexico State was unable to play last season due to COVID-19. However, in 2019, Richardson was a productive player for the Aggies, tallying 69 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 2 sacks.
Adding Richardson will help to bolster Texas's linebacker depth as he has proven that he is a productive player on the field. Additionally, Richardson is from the Houston area (attended Klein High School) and will be able to return to his home state of Texas.
 
Ben Davis:
Last Monday, the Longhorns landed another transfer in Ben Davis, from Alabama. While Davis did not experience a lot of playing time at Alabama, he will provide some much-needed depth at the linebacker position.
Coming out of high school in 2016, Davis was listed as the top-ranked inside linebacker in the nation per 247Sports.
 
Zac Swanson:
Later on Monday, the Longhorns landed their 8th class of 2022 pledge when four-star defensive end Zac Swanson announced his commitment. Swanson, a product of Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona, joins Kristopher Ross as the only defensive linemen in Texas's 2022 recruiting class.
When you watch the 6'4" defensive end's highlight reel, his ability to execute the swim move is what stands out. Texas defensive line coach Bo Davis will be tasked with molding both Swanson and Ross to the fullest of their potentials.
 
Ish Harris:
On Saturday, 2022 four-star athlete Ish Harris announced that the Longhorns are one of his top five schools. Joining the Longhorns on Ish's list include: Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Harris is ranked as the 27th best outside linebacker in the nation's 2022 recruiting class. Currently, 2022 three-star linebacker Trevell Johnson is Texas's only linebacker commit in their 2022 recruiting class.
 
Offers:
2022 Offers:
D'Arco Perkins-McAllister - Four-star Safety - Stratford Comprehensive Chris McClellan - Four-star Defensive Tackle - Owasso 2023 Offers:
Markis Deal - Four-star Defensive Tackle - Naaman Forest Yhonzae Pierre - Three-star Defensive End - Eufaula Kadyn Proctor - Five-star Offensive Tackle - Southeast Polk

2021 Football Signee Zane Minors Highlights

This spring, the Longhorns landed a pair of walk-on athletes from Westlake High School in Austin, TX. Along with cornerback Michael Taaffe, the Longhorns also added running back Zane Minors from Westlake. Minors, a key member of Westlake's offense, helped the Chaparrals win their second consecutive state title last season.
According to 247Sports, Minors held 3 collegiate offers from Air Force, Lamar and Yale but ultimately decided to sign with Texas as a preferred walk-on.
Senior Season Statistics (Via: MaxPreps)
Offense: 1,068 rushing yards, 628 receiving yards and 23 total touchdowns.  
Strengths:
While Minors is a running back, his most impressive trait out of the backfield is his ability to catch the football. In addition, his receiving repertoire is more extensive than just simple swing passes. For example, in last season's championship game, Minors even showcased some of his receiving ability from the slot receiver position.
In addition to his receiving ability, Zane's speed is one of his biggest strengths. At Westlake, Minors shared snaps with Grey Nakfoor, a tailback known for his between-the-tackles running style. However, when Minors was featured at running back, you could count on him to find the edge on an outside run play although he was not afraid to run up the middle either.
 
What I See:
Minors will bring big-game experience with him to the Forty Acres. Additionally, he was involved in an advanced system of offense at Westlake, under former Longhorn and current Chaparrals head coach, Todd Dodge. As a result, I think that Zane will be well prepared to succeed in his role with the Longhorns.

Talking Texas with Creighton transfer Christian Bishop

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What a year it’s been for the Texas Basketball program. For the first time in history they won the Big-12 tournament championship. Subsequently, they earned a three seed in the NCAA tournament. All was looking up for Shaka Smart and the Longhorns.
Unfortunately, that success was followed up with a devastating loss to Abilene Christian University in the first round. The loss resulted in Shaka Smart’s departure to Marquette, leaving an opening for Texas administration to fill. Texas wasted no time in hiring Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard.
Since Beard has taken the reins in Austin he’s essentially lived in the transfer portal. Among the list of growing Texas transfers is former Creighton star, Christian Bishop.
Beard has landed Bishop along with Utah transfer Timmy Allen, Kentucky transfer Devin Askew, along with former Red Raider Jaylon Tyson. This has been parlayed into Jase Febres and Andrew Jones announcing they are staying for another year. The future of Texas basketball is as bright as it can be.
"Getting an opportunity to showcase my talents,” Bishop said on why he transferred.
So who is Christian Bishop? The 6’7 220-point forward is originally from Lees Summit, Missouri. The former three-star prospect was the seventh overall ranked player in his state for the class of 2018 and the overall 38th ranked small forward. Bishop was a highly sought after high school recruit, receiving offers from Missouri and Tulsa and even had an unofficial visit to Kansas. Ultimately, four days after he visited Creighton, he decided to commit to the Nebraska school.
Over the past three years, Bishop has played in 90 games for the Bluejays. Most importantly, he’s increased his statistical production in every single category each season. This past year, while averaging 23.4 minutes per game, Bishop averaged 11 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and one block a game while shooting close to 70% from the field.
"I play fast and smart, post small guys up, and bring bigs to the perimeter,” Bishop said on what makes him successful.
With this transfer Bishop is making the transition from Big East play to Big-12 play. Thus, the level of competition will be ramped up. Against top-25 ranked opponents last year, Bishop played exceptionally well. He averaged nine points, seven rebounds, and 1.5 blocks last year on 62.5% shooting in such games. Most notably, he scored 13 points, had nine rebounds, and three blocks against Kansas in the season opener.
"It might not be perfect but I’m willing to put the work in to become successful,” Bishop said on the difference between Big East and Big-12 play.
After a phenomenal season last year, Texas now has expectations. Those expectations are to remain at or near the top of the Big-12. Especially after the hiring of Chris Beard combined with the influx of transfer talent, Longhorn fans have a lot to be excited about for the immediate future.
Bishop doesn’t hold back anything on the team’s goals for next season. 
"The goal next year is to win a national championship,” Bishop said.
Bishop is an extremely talented wing player that makes Texas better on day one. He can out-jump most people in the gym and his shooting percentage shows he’s lethal from the paint. While Bishop is only a 56.2% free throw shooter, he makes up for it with his defense. Bishop averaged nearly one steal a game and posted 10 games last year with more than one block.
Bishop wants to come to Texas and make his mark immediately with this new crop of talent and Beard.
"The fans should know that I plan on winning as many championships as possible.”


Texas lands commitment from 2021 4-Star WR Xavier Worthy

On Saturday, the Longhorns held their annual spring game. However, while the focus of fans might have been on the quarterback battle, something else popped up. In fact, during the game, Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns landed a commitment from 2021 four-star wide receiver Xavier Worthy. Today, I will discuss Worthy's commitment to the Longhorns and Texas's appearance on a star recruit's top five schools list.
 
Xavier Worthy:
Shortly after the kickoff of the annual Orange and White Spring Game, the Longhorns were able to land a commitment from Xavier Worthy. In December, Worthy signed his letter of intent to join the Michigan Wolverines; however, just over a week ago, he announced that he would be decommitting from Michigan.
Now, Worthy automatically becomes Texas's top-ranked wide receiver pledge in their 2021 recruiting class. In fact, according to the 247Sports Composite, Worthy is ranked as the eighth-best wide receiver recruit in the nation's 2021 recruiting cycle. Additionally, Stave Sarkisian has been harping about Texas's need for wide receiver talent. As a result, Worthy will be expected to immediately compete for playing time as a true freshman.
Worthy, a product of Central East High School in Fresno, California, is known for his tremendous speed, having clocked in at 10.55 seconds on the 100 meter dash. Furthermore, Worthy's speed translates to the football field as he is a threat whenever he has the ball in his hands, either as a wide receiver or as a kick returner.
 
Terrance Brooks:
Also on Saturday, 2022 four-star cornerback Terrance Brooks, a product of John Paul II High School in Plano, TX, included Texas in his top five schools list. According to the 247Sports Composite, Brooks is the 10th ranked cornerback in the nation's 2022 recruiting cycle. Other schools that made Terrance's list include: Alabama, Florida, Oregon and Texas A&M.

2021 Football Signee Michael Taaffe Highlights

In January, Michael Taaffe led the Westlake Chaparrals to their second consecutive football state title. Shortly thereafter, Taaffe committed to join the Texas Longhorns football program as a preferred walk-on.
According to 247Sports, Taaffe held 2 collegiate offers from Brown and Colgate but ultimately decided to stay home and sign with Texas.
 
Senior Season Statistics (Via: MaxPreps)
Defense: 60 tackles, 10 passes defensed and 5 interceptions. Offense: 18 receptions, 297 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.  
Strengths:
Taaffe's biggest strength might be his ability to perform in big moments. Last January, Taaffe ended his high school football career with two interceptions in Austin Westlake's championship game win against Southlake Carroll. However, Taaffe also came away with an interception in Westlake's state title win over Denton Guyer in 2019. Consequently, I am confident that Taaffe will be able to perform under the bright lights of DKR on a Saturday night.
In addition to Taaffe's ability to perform in pressure situations, his hands are quite impressive as well. As I previously mentioned, Taaffe has showcased his receiving ability as a defensive back, but he also made an impact at wide receiver during his senior season as well. Furthermore, it seems that Taaffe makes a SportsCenter-worthy catch every time he gets his hands on the football.
 
What I See:
Last season, Kai Money made a splash for the Longhorns when the team needed help at wide receiver. Likewise, I think that Taaffe has the potential to make a positive impact on the team as a walk-on. Also, it will be interesting to see whether Michael stays at cornerback or eventually moves to the safety position. Either way, I would not be surprised to see Taaffe involved in the action on Saturdays in the fall. Lastly, Taaffe will bring championship experience to the Texas locker room, something that can never be understated.

2022 Four-star OT Kam Dewberry names Longhorns as a finalist

This Saturday, Texas's annual Orange and White Spring Game will be held at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. As a result, the game will offer fans and recruits a glimpse into Steve Sarkisian's football program. In fact, Texas commit and 2022 four-star quarterback, Maalik Murphy, plans to be in the area this weekend.
In addition to Texas's spring game, fans should be excited by an announcement that was made last Saturday by one of the top recruits in the country. Today, we will discuss the announcement and list Texas's most recent football scholarship offers.
 
Kam Dewberry:
 
On Saturday, 2022 four-star offensive tackle Kam Dewberry, out of Humble Atascocita, announced his final five schools. Dewberry named Texas as one of his top choices, but the Longhorns are also joined by Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Of course, landing a commitment from Dewberry would be a tremendous victory for newly minted offensive line coach, Kyle Flood. Currently, Texas's 2022 recruiting class lacks a commitment on the offensive lineman. However, adding Dewberry, the ninth best offensive tackle in the nation's 2022 recruiting cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite, would get the ball rolling for Flood and Texas.
Although the Longhorns are without a pledge on the offensive line, it seems as though Flood has positioned the Longhorns as competitors for many of the top offensive linemen. Additionally, as I mentioned in my last article, I expect that recruits will wait until June before making a commitment. As a result, to best judge the success of Flood, and the entire coaching staff for that matter, fans should wait until the beginning of July to see how much the recruiting needle has moved. 
Offers:
2022 Offers:
Quency Wiggins - Four-star Defensive End - Madison Prep Academy 2023 Offers:
Carnell Tate - Four-star Wide Receiver - IMG Academy 2024 Offers:
Jason Brown - Athlete - O'Dea

2021 Football Signee Morice Blackwell Highlights

Last May, Morice Blackwell became the ninth pledge in Texas's 2021 recruiting class. Now a signee, Blackwell will look to become a playmaker for the Longhorns on defense when he arrives on campus.
According to the 247Sports Composite, the four-star linebacker was ranked as the 49th best player in the state of Texas's 2021 recruiting cycle.
 
Senior Season Statistics (Via: MaxPreps)
Defense: 95 tackles, 4 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble and 1 sack.  
Strengths:
To begin, Blackwell is an absolute tackling machine. In 2020, he totaled 95 tackles in just 10 games. Additionally, Blackwell tallied a total of 335 tackles throughout his Arlington Martin career. So, what makes Blackwell such a football magnet? Well, a major factor is Blackwell's reaction time. He is quite skilled at quickly diagnosing an offense's play and then getting a good jump on the football.
In addition to Blackwell's reaction time and overall football awareness, his athleticism is what makes him stand out. Blackwell displays this athleticism as soon as the ball is snapped and, seemingly, flies to the football. Also, Blackwell showcases a bit of a mean streak from the linebacker position and is not afraid to supply a big hit.
Needs Improvement:
While Blackwell is already in great shape, he, like most recruits coming out of high school, will need to add more weight to his frame. Of course, this is where Texas's director of football performance, Torre Becton, will come in handy with his strength and conditioning program. If Blackwell can add more mass to his frame while continuing to make strives in his overall agility, he will be a nightmare for opposing coaches.
 
What I See:
Blackwell was a standout player for one of Texas's premier high school football programs, in Arlington Martin, and has been ingrained in a winning culture. I love to watch Blackwell at the linebacker position because his motor and determination are readily visible on every single snap. As a result, I think that he will put in the work to improve his game year over year, ultimately rewarding himself with a featured spot on Texas's defense. Additionally, I think that Blackwell has long-term NFL Draft potential thanks to his athleticism. Overall, I am excited to see how his career unfolds during his time on the Forty Acres.

Longhorns favored in three new Crystal Ball Predictions

On Monday, CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported that the NCAA Council is expected to end the recruiting dead period on June 1. In my last article, I mentioned that the Longhorns have been preparing for this announcement by scheduling official visits for recruits. As a result, I anticipate that recruits will try to hold off on announcing commitments until they are able to make these on campus visits.
However, the Longhorns have still managed to be the beneficiaries of several recent 247Sports crystal balls predictions. 
 
Crystal Ball Predictions:
Following 2022 four-star defensive tackle Kristopher Ross's commitment to Texas, several 247Sports crystal ball predictions have been in favor of the Longhorns. However, it will be interesting to see if these targets will wait until June, when Texas plans to start hosting official visits once again, to make a decision.
To begin, 2022 four-star defensive end Zac Swanson has recently received two crystal ball predictions from Blair Angulo of 247Sports and Mike Roach of Horns247.
If Texas were to receive a commitment from Swanson, who stands in at 6'4", they would land their 2022 recruiting class's first defensive end. Additionally, Swanson would join notable native Arizonans such as Bijan Robinson, Jake Smith, and Brayden Liebrock on Texas's roster.
Along with Swanson, the Longhorns seem to be trending in the right direction for 2023 four-star cornerback Javien Toviano. Representative of this, both Mike Roach and Nick Harris of Horns247 have placed crystal balls for Toviano in favor of the Longhorns. Toviano, a product of Arlington Martin, is the brother of current Rice Owl, Juma Otoviano.
Lastly, 2022 four-star running back Tavorus Jones, a product of Burges High School in El Paso, also received two crystal ball predictions from Roach and Harris in favor of Texas. If Jones were to commit to Texas, he would become the second running back in Texas's 2022 recruiting class, following the commitment of Jaydon Blue in February.
Offers:
2022 Offers:
Lander Barton - Four-star Outside Linebacker - Brighton Isaiah Bond - Three-star Cornerback - Buford TJ Dudley - Four-star Outside Linebacker - Montgomery Catholic Preparatory George Fitzpatrick - Four-star Offensive Tackle - Cherry Creek Anthony Jones - Three-star Athlete - Liberty Robby Snelling - Four-star Athlete - McQueen Deone Walker - Three-star Defensive Tackle - Cass Technical 2023 Offers:
Ashton Cozart - Three-star Wide Receiver - Richland Ashton Porter - Four-star Defensive End - Cy Ranch TJ Shanahan - Four-star Offensive Guard - Timber Creek

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    Opponent
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    9/4
    Louisiana
    W 38-18
    9/11
    @Arkansas
    L 21-40
    9/18
    Rice
    W 58-0
    9/25
    Texas Tech
    W 70-35
    10/2
    @TCU
    W 32-27
    10/9
    Oklahoma
    L 48-55
    10/16
    Oklahoma State
    L 24-32
    10/30
    @Baylor
    L 24-31
    11/6
    @Iowa State
    L 7-30
    11/13
    Kansas
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    11/20
    @West Virginia
    L 23-31
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