On Sunday, the Longhorns landed a commitment from Isidore Newman class of 2023 tight end Will Randle, on the weekend of his official visit to the Forty Acres. Randle's announcement marks the second commitment in-a-row that the Longhorns have received from a tight end in the 2023 recruiting class, following Spencer Shannon's recent pledge.
Worth noting, Randle's quarterback at New Orlean's Isidore Newman is Arch Manning, a name that many will be familiar with due to his family's pedigree and his own ongoing recruitment by the Longhorns coaching staff. Last season, Randle's rapport with Manning was on display as the tight end tallied 42 receptions for 464 yards and 10 touchdowns according to Nola.com.
Prior to making his announcement, the 6'3" tight end had received 11 scholarship offers from programs such as Alabama, LSU and Miami. Now, with his commitment, the Longhorns have seven pledges in their 2023 recruiting class, making it the 24th-best class in the country's 2023 cycle per 247Sports.
Lastly, while Randle's college announcement should be viewed as independent of Arch Manning's future college decision, it would be foolish to not expect a reading of the tea leaves in Manning's recruitment. Manning, who is currently regarded as the top recruit in the nation's 2023 recruiting cycle, is rumored to have a short list of schools that he is considering: Alabama, Georgia and Texas. While there still might be a ways to go in winning the five-star quarterback's recruitment, the Longhorns have already been able to host Manning a handful of times, as well as earn a commitment from a talented high school teammate and friend in Will Randle. Regardless of the final outcome, Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns have certainly put forth a valiant effort in trying to attract the nation's top football prospect to the Forty Acres.