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National Signing Day Recap

Tristan Larsen
Tristan Larsen

National Signing Day is in the books. Most of the 2021 class signed their letters of intent during the early signing period in mid-December. However, in between then and now, a lot has happened for the Texas Football program.


Fans said goodbye to Tom Herman after four years and they welcomed new head coach Steve Sarkisian.  Along the way, they gained a few more recruits. Sarkisian has already secured a few commits for the 2022 class while picking up the last few pieces of the 2021 class as well.


While yesterday wasn’t nearly as jam-packed as a few months ago, some notable signings still took place. Below is everything you need to know about what happened for the Texas Longhorns on National Signing Day.


David Abiara - Mansfield Legacy - Defensive End


Abiara was not only a surprise commitment, but he also signed his letter of intent yesterday. Abiara is a three-star defensive end from Mansfield Legacy High School. He ranks as the 29th best player nationally at his position and overall the 62nd best player in the state of Texas.


While Abiara’s production significantly dipped in his senior season, he had a junior season to remember as he and Mansfield Legacy made the playoffs. As a junior, he was a first-team All-District selection with 15 sacks. 


Abiara originally committed to Notre Dame shortly after the pandemic started in March. In November though he de-committed and reopened his recruitment. On February, 3rd he made it official that he would play at the next level as a Texas Longhorn.


Abiara becomes the fifth defensive line commit for the 2021 class.


Ishmael Ibraheem - Kimball - Cornerback


Ibraheem committed back on June, 15th. He along with fellow four-star defensive back JD Coffey committed in the same video. While Coffey and many others signed their letter of intent back in December, Ibraheem signed his yesterday.


The Kimball cornerback is a 6’1 175-pound four-star commit. Via the 247Sports Composite, he’s the 14th ranked cornerback in the nation for his class and overall the 32nd ranked player in the state of Texas. Based on those rankings, he’s the third highest-ranked commit for Texas’ 2021 class.


Ibraheem closes out his career at Kimball with 76 total tackles, 14 passes broken up, and an interception. As a sophomore, he was a first-team All-District selection while as a junior and senior he helped Kimball reach seven wins and the playoffs.


Ibraheem is a long and lengthy cornerback with great speed and anticipation who will match up well against the best Big-12 wide receivers. He’s one of the premier signings of the 2021 class.


Keithron Lee - Rudder - Wide Recevier


Keithron Lee committed to Texas on Christmas Day and yesterday he signed his letter of intent, officially joining the 2021 class.


At the end of November via Twitter, Lee announced his top-eight. That list included Baylor, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, and Utah. After a month he announced Texas was the place for him. Lee is a three-star wide receiver via the 247Sports Composite. He’s the 77th ranked wide receiver in the class nationally. Overall, he’s the 78th ranked player in the state of Texas.


Lee stands at just 5’10 and 175-pounds but don’t let his frame fool you - he can make defensive backs look silly. He is an absolute speedster that has enough hops to high point any ball thrown his way. Lee is the definition of a playmaker. 


At Rudder, he finished his career with 1,157 rushing yards, 2,322 receiving yards, and 49 touchdowns from scrimmage. As a senior, Lee ran for 554 yards, had 1,139 receiving yards, and 25 total touchdowns. He’s entering Texas on a hot streak.


Lee is one of four pass catchers to commit to the 2021 class as he joins Jaden Alexis, Casey Cain, and Gunnar Helm.


Jaydon Blue - 2022 - Klein Cain - Running Back


While he didn’t sign a letter of intent and while this didn’t happen yesterday, it’s still big enough to mention. On February 2nd, Texas gained its third 2022 commit in four-star running back, Jaydon Blue.


Blue via the 247Sports Composite is a top-60 player nationally regardless of position. He’s the fourth-ranked running back in the nation and overall the 11th ranked player in all of Texas. He joins fellow four-star commits Armani Winfield and Jaylon Guilbeau as the only 2022 commits thus far.


Blue was the district Offensive MVP this past year as he ran for 2,155 yards and 30 touchdowns for Klein Cain. For his career so far, he’s accumulated 3,767 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns.


Blue is a building block and an integral part of the 2022 recruiting class. It's still early, but Steve Sarkisian has done a brilliant job in recruiting thus far as head coach of the Texas Longhorns.

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