The Steve Sarkisian effect.
After firing Tom Herman with a 32-18 record after four years, the Texas Longhorns announced they would be hiring Alabama offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, to take over things The 40 acres.
This past season Sarkisian was the mastermind behind one of the greatest offenses in recent memory. After dismantling Notre Dame in the College Football semifinals, he and Alabama went on to ravage Ohio State 52-24. The following day, he made his mark on Texas, landing his first commit for the 2022 class in a wide receiver, Armani Winfield.
Winfield is a four-star commit via the 247Sports Composite. The 6’2 180-pound wide receiver is ranked as the 14th best player in the state of Texas and the 12th best wide receiver in the nation for his class. He’s also a top-80 player nationally for the class of 2022.
Winfield, a Lewisville native, hauled in 43 receptions for 596 yards and five touchdowns this past season for the Farmers. Over his career, he’s caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards with 16 touchdowns.
In November Winfield, via his Twitter, announced a top-nine that included Arizona State, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC.
Last night though he made it official,. He will be the newest member of Sarkisian’s offense in Austin when 2022 hits.
Name: Armani Winfield
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Lewisville
City, State: Lewisville, TX
Three Best Traits
Experience + Strength of Opposition - Winfield possesses all of the experience that you want from a wide receiver. He’s already a three-year starter as he’s been playing varsity football since his freshman season. Winfield as a freshman was his district’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year. As a sophomore, he was a unanimous first-team all-district selection at wide receiver. He’s already done it all at the high school level, and he’s done it against some of the best of the best considering he’s a Texas 6A prospect.
Deep Routes - When it comes to deep routes that take time to develop, Winfield is elite. Go routes, double moves, and deep posts and corners are Winfield’s bread and butter. He’s the ultimate deep threat as he combines his game-breaking speed with his above-average height to become a nightmare for defenders.
Speed + Acceleration - Winfield is a burner, no other way to put it. He has the perfect frame to weave in and out of defenders while maintaining his top speed. His first few steps out of his break are impressive, to say the least. Winfield also has experience in the return game thus his vision with his speed is top-notch.
Areas for Improvement
Short/ Intermediate Route Tree - Winfield, again is elite when it comes to deep routes. I would like to see him develop more of a route tree though when it comes to his short/ intermediate routes. Outside of screens, Winfield needs to develop some more routes here to truly take him over the top.
Run Blocking - We all know Winfield is a great pass-catcher there’s no denying that. But, to take him over the top, he needs to learn how to become an elite blocker to lead the way for Bijan Robinson and others. Winfield currently is 6’2 180-pounds so he has a pretty lengthy frame. If he can add some more muscle and turn into a solid blocker, watch out.
Winfield overall is a great all-around prospect that can do it all offensively and on special teams. He’s a tall, lengthy, speedster who can burn anyone deep at any time. Once he develops more of a short/ intermediate route tree along with some blocking, he can be a truly exceptional talent. Winfield is a tremendous first get for Sarkisian and company. He’s a talented wide receiver that Sarkisian will have a lot of fun with designing plays for him to get open.
What a way to kick off the Sarkisian era at Texas. After winning a national championship, he shows he didn’t forget about Austin too as Winfield is a perfect first commit for the new look Longhorns. Winfield joins four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau as the only other commit in Texas’s 2022 class. Nonetheless, even after the de-commitments, it’s off to a hot start as those two average a 0.9551 on the 247Sports Composite. The Longhorns have two building blocks of that class, one on each end of the field. Now it’s time for Sarkisian and company to fill out the rest.