Recruiting Tracker: Longhorns Land in 2022 In-State Athlete's Top-4

Steve Sarkisian continues to gain steam on the recruiting trail, and on Tuesday, another top national prospect took notice.
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With college football's 2021 National Signing Day now over, rumors are beginning to fly in terms of visits, and commitments for the 2022 class and beyond.

Under new head coach Steve Sarkisian, the Longhorns recruiting momentum is hitting full-force, and as a result, recruits who were once thought to be unattainable, are now beginning to take a hard look at the makings of what Sarkisian is building in Austin. 

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Stick with Longhorns Country for all of the latest updates in recruiting below:

MARCH 2 NOON UPDATE: Another talented in-state player seems to be eying the Longhorns in Pilot Point star prospect Ish Harris. Harris is the latest talents to take an interest in the Longhorns after West Brook's Bryce Anderson named the longhorns in his final list, and Aledo's Bryan Allen Jr. committed in recent days. 

Last season, Harris had 44 tackles and five interceptions from his safety spot. Also, a two-way star, Harris also played running back, where he ran for 1,788 yards and 18 touchdowns and was named the District 4-3A-I Offensive MVP. The 6-foot-4 190-pound athlete could potentially play on either side of the ball. 

Harris also named Baylor, Texas A&M, Utah, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State in his top-6 alongside the Longhorns. 

MARCH 2 9 AM UPDATE: The Longhorns are yet again a finalist for another elite national recruit, in Brophy College Preparatory defensive end, Zac Swanson. 

Swanson, who made the announcement of his final four on Sunday via his Twitter account, is one of the top recruits in the state of Arizona, and one of the defensive end recruits in the country. 

The Phoenix Arizona product also named USC, Oregon, and Kentucky alongside the Longhorns in his top-4.

FEBRUARY 27 7 PM UPDATE: Steve Sarkisian's program is on the radar of yet another elite 2022, in Arlington Bowies Devon Campbell, who named the Longhorns in his top-7 list on Saturday night.

Campbell has been compared to Cowboys guard Zack Martin and is versatile enough to play either tackle or guard at the college level.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Campbell is one of the top prospects in the 2022 class and alongside the Longhorns, listed Oklahoma, Houston, Texas A&M, USC, Florida State, and Alabama in his list. 

FEBRUARY 27 4 PM UPDATE: Yet another top-level defensive back listed the Longhorns among his top schools on Saturday in Beaumont West Brook safety Bryce Anderson. Anderson made the announcement via his Twitter account. 

Often compared to Deonte Thompson of the Arizona Cardinals, Anderson is known as an elite athlete with top-end track-like speed, with elite-level ability as a deep coverage safety. Anderson is also solid in man-to-man coverage and has excellent instincts and awareness due in part to his dual-threat play as a quarterback. 

Anderson also listed Michigan, USC, LSU, and Texas A&M in his top-five list, with the Longhorns thought to be the heavy favorite. 

FEBRUARY 27 10:30 AM UPDATE: Texas landed in the top-6 for another elite national recruit on Friday, in Ponchatoula, Lousiana safety Jacoby Matthews. Mathews made the announcement via Twitter.

One of the top safety prospects in the entire country, Mathews listed the Longhorns in his top-6 alongside a host of other powerhouse programs, including Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Florida, and Mississippi State. 

A two-way player, Mathews started at both safety and quarterback for the Ponchatoula Green Wave, helping them to a 7-2 record and a playoff birth. 

FEBRUARY 22 3:30 PM UPDATE: One area that the Longhorns have yet to make an impact in the 2022 class to this point was on the defensive line. That all changed on Monday afternoon when New Orleans area defensive tackle Tygee Hill included Texas in his top-10 schools. 

Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 280 pounds, Hill is a thick interior defensive lineman who is quick of the snap and very active in pursuit. He is also very good against the run, using his hands and occupying blockers with solid leverage. 

Hill has been compared to Rashard Lawrence of the Arizona Cardinals and has been a starter with Edna Karr since his freshman season, helping the Cougars win multiple state titles. 

Alongside the Longhorns, Hill also listed Miami, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, Jackson State, Florida State, and Michigan State in his top-10.

FEBRUARY 21 1:15 PM UPDATE: Top talents continue to favor the Longhorns, with the most recent being elite Houston North Shore cornerback Denver Harris, who named Texas in his top-4 schools on Sunday. 

Harris is not just one of the sought-after recruits in the state of Texas, but one of the top recruits in the nation, fielding offers from nearly every Power Five program. Alongside the Longhorns, Harris named the Alabama Crimson Tide, LSU Tigers, and Texas A&M Aggies in his final list. 

A physical corner, with a big frame and excellent tackling ability, Harris also excels on the line of scrimmage in jamming situations, as well as man-to-man coverage. He has been compared to former Ohio State standout Jeff Okudah, who was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

FEBRUARY 20 7:20 PM UPDATE: Just hours after Kevin Coleman Jr. named the Longhorns in his top-8 schools, Aledo, Texas safety Bryan Allen Jr. also inserted the Horns onto his 7-team shortlist.

The 6-foot 180-pound prospect is thought of as one of the top recruits in the state of Texas, as well as one of the safeties in the entire country. Allen is also a superb athlete, clocking a 4.43 shuttle time, a 32-inch vertical leap, and running in the 100-meter and 200-meter relays for the Aledo track team. 

The rest of Allen's top-7 included Oklahoma, Texas A&M, USC, Ohio State, Auburn, and Jackson State.

FEBRUARY 20 3:50 PM UPDATE: The Texas Longhorns are already off to a great start in recruiting under the leadership of new head coach Steve Sarkisian, securing the commitment of six elite recruits, including two at the wide receiver position. 

That momentum seems to be continuing now, with another big-time pass-catcher from the 2022 class appearing on the Longhorns' radar in five-star St. Louis Missouri product Kevin Coleman Jr., who listed the team in his top-8 schools on Saturday. 

Coleman currently sits as the number-three wideout in the 2022 class and also listed Alabama, Oregon, USC, Georgia, Florida State, Penn State, and Arizona State, among his top choices.

FEBRUARY 18 11:58 PM UPDATE: The Texas Longhorns recruiting momentum continued on Thursday night when elite in-state wide receiver Evan Stewart made his commitment to the program.

Stewart becomes the sixth commitment of the 2022 class and is the second wide receiver to pledge to Steve Sarkisian. He chose the Longhorns over other recruiting powerhouses such as Alabama, Oregon, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.

FEBRUARY 16 3:21 PM UPDATE: The Texas Longhorns momentum in the 2022 recruiting cycle continues to increase, with multiple targets taking notice of what Steve Sarkisian is building in Austin. 

The latest of that group is top-level Denton Ryan cornerback Austin Jordan, who named the Longhorns among his top-10 schools on Monday.

Jordan also listed the Oklahoma Sooners, Ohio State Buckeyes, Notre Dame, Fighting Irish, Georgia Bulldogs, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Penn State Nittany Lions, Texas A&M Aggies, USC Trojans, and Auburn Tigers in the list in no particular order. 

FEBRUARY 12 9:55 AM UPDATE: The Horns continued their all-out blitz on recruiting in their defensive secondary on Thursday evening, offering one of the nation's top 2023 cornerbacks in Tony Mitchell of Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama.

Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 190 pounds, Mitchell has the athleticism and frame that Steve Sarkisian and Pete Kwiatkowski covet in their cornerbacks. Mitchell holds offers from all of the usual suspects in Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, USC, and Michigan, among many others. 

FEBRUARY 11 4:40 PM UPDATE: With the secondary set to be a major focus on the recruiting front in the coming months for the Horns, Steve Sarkisian and staff got a jump on the 2023 cycle, offering Arlington, Texas cornerback, Jamel Johnson of Seguin High School.

Johnson reported his offer via his personal Twitter account and to this point has received offers from national recruiting powers such as Alabama, LSU, and Michigan, as well as a host of other Power Five schools. 

FEBRUARY 10 7:40 PM UPDATE: The Texas Longhorns added another offer to their extensive list for the 2022 class on the defensive side of the ball on Thursday, re-offering talented Mission Hills, California linebacker Niuafe Junior Tuihalamaka. 

Seen as a big hitter with a knack for leadership, Tuihalamaka is an effective pass rusher that brings a tough overall edge to the defense. 

Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 238 pounds, the Bishop Alemany prospect is being pursued by USC, UCLA, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and LSU, among others. 

FEBRUARY 9, 10:45 AM UPDATE: Steve Sarkisian's Texas Longhorns offered a pair of talented defensive linemen this week, as they attempted to bolster their front seven going into the future. 

First up on that list, was 2023 defensive tackle prospect, John Walker, out of Kissimmee Florida, wh received an offer on Monday morning. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder already boasts an impressive list of offers, including Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC, and Florida, among others. 

Then on Tuesday morning, Sarkisian's defensive focus continued, re-offering 2022 Boonville, Missouri defensive end DJ Wesolak. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Boonville High School product also has offers from Oklahoma, Penn State, Oregon, Notre Dame, and Washington. 

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