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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. 

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


AUGUST 7 UPDATE

One of nation's top edge rushers has locked in an official visit to Texas.

Lehi (UT) EDGE Tausili Akana will take an official visit to Texas during the Alabama game on September 10th, according to 247Sports. 

This comes after the Longhorns missed out on two of the top in-state edge rushers, Braylan Shelby, who committed to USC and Colton Vasek, who committed to Oklahoma.

The Longhorns have a few factors working in their favor in Tausili Akana's recruitment. His sister, Keonilei Akana, transferred this offseason from Nebraska to Texas to play volleyball. He also played youth football with current Texas linebacker commit, Lefau Liona.

Edge is a priority for Texas in the 2023 recruiting class given the lack of talent on the current roster at the position. 

AUGUST 5 UPDATE

More good recruiting news could be on the way for the Longhorns.

Baton Rouge (LA) CB Jordan Matthews is set to make his decision on August 15th, and the Longhorns are heavily in the mix. 

Along with Texas, Tennessee and Michigan are under consideration. 

Matthews was recently on Texas's campus for the July BBQ pool party event.

Texas made Matthews a priority long before he blew up nationally. 

Terry Joseph, the Texas secondary coach, has formed a tight relationship with Matthews. That longstanding relationship could pay off for the Longhorns on the 15th.

Matthews will make his decision live at 2:00 PM CT at Woodlawn High School.

AUGUST 4 UPDATE

Texas could be a day away from major news on the recruiting trail. 

In-state star linebacker projection Derion Gullette confirmed plans to come off the board Friday, August 5, at 3:00 pm CT, via social media. 

Texas, Texas A&M and Ohio State are the public finalists for Gullette, he announced back on July 14. The Teague (Texas) High School standout amassed more than two dozen scholarship offers throughout his high school career. UT, Oklahoma and Ohio State were the only three programs to get him on campus officially, however, with the Longhorns getting the final trip of June. 

Gullette did visit College Station unofficially for A&M's pool party event over the weekend. 

AUGUST 1 UPDATE

One of the best available pass rushers in the Lone Star State will come off the board this weekend. 

Braylan Shelby, the Friendswood (Texas) High School edge rusher, announced a commitment date of August 6 via social media on Monday. Texas and USC, the two programs to host Shelby on official visits in June, are the final pair in the race for his services. 

Shelby's UT visit came the final weekend of June, one week after the trip to Los Angeles. 

As a junior, per 247Sports, Shelby racked up 77 tackles, including eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss. 

JULY 28 UPDATE

One of the reasons Payton Kirkland's commitment to Texas last weekend was so surprising was because the offensive lineman had never visited campus prior.

However, with the final visit weekend of the summer upon the college football world, the Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips star has made it to Austin for his first impression of his future home. 

Kirkland became the 20th verbal commitment for UT last weekend, capping a wave of momentum for Texas since the pledge of Arch Manning, who is also expected in town this weekend. 

JULY 25 UPDATE

Another national recruit has Texas high on his list. Hunter Osborne has a date to commit set, too. 

On Monday, the Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville defensive lineman announced a group of finalist and a decision date set for August 1. Joining Texas on the list is Alabama, Tennessee and Clemson, which he confirmed via social media.

Osborne was a late target for Bo Davis and UT in the cycle relative to the other finalists, but the interest was enough to secure an official visit to Austin in June. Osborne of course also has a connection to the program in his former teammate and fellow lineman Justice Finkley being a freshman on the 2022 UT roster. 

Alabama is the sole program among the finalists yet to receive an official visit from Osborne, who is listed at 6-foot-4, 260 pounds. 

JULY 16 UPDATE

One of the top offensive linemen in the state of Texas is down to five schools.

Austin (TX) OL T.J. Shanahan released his final five group on Saturday, and the Longhorns are in the mix.

Along with Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Georgia, and LSU made the cut.

Shanahan is an Orlando (FL) native. He moved to Austin in the summer of 2021, where he attends Westlake High School.

Shanahan projects as an interior offensive lineman at the next level.

The Longhorns already have four offensive linemen committed to their 2023 recruiting class. It remains to be seen whether they will push for a fifth. 

JULY 14 UPDATE

The Longhorns are in the top group for one of the top linebackers in the nation.

Marlin (TX) LB Derion Gullette dropped his top three schools on Thursday, and the Longhorns remain in contention. 

Along with Texas, Ohio State, and Texas A&M made the cut. 

Gullette took visits to each of the three schools in June. The Longhorns have been trending well in Gullette's recruitment since his official visit to Austin.

Gullette is a versatile player who can be an off-ball linebacker or an edge rusher. 

As a junior at Marlin High School (Marlin, TX), Gullette recorded 125 total tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, and two interceptions.

JULY 13 UPDATE

One of the nation's top edge rushers has included the Longhorns in his top two group. 

Friendswood (TX) Braylan Shelby is down to two schools, and the Longhorns are in the mix.

USC is the other school in contention for Shelby's commitment. 

Shelby took official visits to Texas and USC in June. Both schools were able to make big moves in his recruitment on those visits. 

As a junior at Friendswood High School, Shelby recorded 77 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and eight sacks. 

JULY 13 UPDATE

An elite defensive back has set a commitment date, and the Longhorns are under consideration. 

Dallas (TX) DB Malik Muhammad has locked in a decision date of July 20th. 

He will decide between Texas, Texas A&M, and Alabama. 

The Longhorns have been trending well in Muhammad's recruitment since his official visit to Austin in late June. 

As a junior at South Oak Cliff, Muhammad recorded 68 total tackles, six pass breakups, and three interceptions. 

JULY 10 UPDATE

One of the top linebackers in the state of Texas has locked in a decision date, and the Longhorns remain in contention.

Houston (TX) linebacker Brad Spence has set a commitment date of July 12th.

Along with Texas, Arkansas, and California are under consideration for Spence's signature.

Spence is a versatile linebacker. He has played as an edge rusher and as an inside linebacker at Klein Forest High School. 

JULY 9 UPDATE

One of the top prospects in the state of Texas has revealed his finalists, and the Longhorns are in the mix. 

On Saturday, Naaman Forest (Garland, TX) two-way lineman, Markis Dea,l announced his finalists on Twitter, naming Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, TCU, USC and Georgia as the contenders. 

A three-sport star at Naaman Forest, Deal starts on both offensive and defensive lines, and could very well play both ways in college, though it is more likely he ends up on the offensive side of the ball.

On defense in his junior season, Deal had 37 tackles, eight tackles for loss, five sacks, five pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, a safety, and an interception. 

JULY 8 UPDATE

One of the top wide receivers in the nation has made a decision, and he's heading to the SEC. 

On Friday, Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL) star Jalen Brown announced his commitment to LSU, picking the Tigers over Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Texas.

A legitimate deep threat, Brown has started from his freshman season on the varsity squad and has 89 catches for 1,959 yards and 22 touchdowns in those three seasons. 

JULY 7 UPDATE

The Longhorns recruiting momentum continued with another top recruit Thursday night, with elite Longview (TX) wide receiver Jalen Halen naming Texas among his top three finalists. 

Alongside the Longhorns, Hale also listed Georgia and Alabama as his other two finalists.

Standing 6-2 and weighing 175 pounds, Hale is a three-sport athlete in basketball, football, and track, running a blazing fast 22.68 200-meter dash as a sophomore in 2020.

In his junior season on the football field, Hale has named a first-team District 7-5A selection, hauling in 50 catches for 1,154 yards and 14 touchdowns. For his career, he has 96 catches for 2,017 yards and 27 touchdowns in three varsity seasons. 

Hale also has an excellent relationship with new Longhorns quarterback commit Arch Manning, which may have played a role in Hale's final group.

JULY 5 UPDATE

A top athlete in the state of Texas has included the Longhorns in his top five group.

Abernathy (TX) ATH Anthony White dropped his top five schools on Tuesday, and the Longhorns remain in contention.

Along with Texas, Vanderbilt, Utah State, Texas Tech, and Mississippi State made the cut.

White recently visited Austin in April after receiving an offer from the Longhorns in December of 2021. 

On offense in 2021, White caught 44 passes for 749 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense, he totaled 61 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and five interceptions. 

He received a Texas District 4-3A-II first team all-district selection at both wide receiver and linebacker as a junior.

JUNE 31

The top player in the state of Texas has the Longhorns in his top seven group.

Katy (TX) David Hicks Jr. dropped his top seven schools on Friday, and the Longhorns remain in the hunt.

Along with Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, Miami, Alabama, Michigan State, and Oklahoma made the cut. 

Hicks is the top prize in the state of Texas. He has offers from every major football program in the country. 

As a junior at Allen High School, Hicks recorded 88 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks. He was also named the Texas District 5-6A Defensive MVP.

June 31

One of the nation's top interior defensive linemen is down to four schools and has set a decision date.

Oradell (NJ) DL Sydir Mitchell has the Longhorns in his final four group and has set a commitment date for Sunday, July 3rd.

Along with Texas, Georgia, Miami, and Texas A&M are in contention for his signature. 

Mitchell is a priority for the Longhorns as a defensive tackle. 

He recently took an official visit to Austin which saw the Longhorns make a big move in his recruitment. 

The Longhorns are red hot on the recruiting trail right now. That momentum could carry over into this Fourth of July weekend. 

Texas fans can watch Mitchell make his decision live on CBS Sports HQ at 6:30 PM ET on Sunday.

JUNE 30

The Longhorns are in the running for one of the nation's top corners, in South Oak Cliff (Dallas, TX) defensive back, Malik Muhammad, who released his final three on Thursday. 

Alongside the Longhorns, Muhammad listed Texas A&M and Alabama as his other finalists.

Standing 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds, Muhammad also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, Texas Tech, USC, West Virginia, Wisconsin and many more.

Muhammad played at IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) his sophomore year, but came back to Texas to play for South Oak Cliff where he won a state championship this past season.

During the state title run, Muhammad finished with 68 tackles, six pass breakups three interceptions and one defensive touchdown.

Labeling him as just a defensive back, however, would be doing Muhammad an injustice. He's likely to remain at that position in college, but Muhammad is a terrific athlete that can make plays as a receiver, consistently lined up on the numbers for South Oak Cliff as a junior.

JUNE 30

The nation's number one tight end has locked in official visit to Texas.

Phoenix (AZ) tight end Duce Robinson is set to take an official visit to Texas during the Alabama game on September 10th, per 247Sports.

The elite tight end has yet to take a trip to Austin. He is intrigued with the Longhorns following the addition of the nation's top quarterback, Arch Manning.

Robinson has a close relationship with Manning.

The Longhorns will have an opportunity to make a move in Robinson's recruitment during the biggest home game of their season.

JUNE 29, 4:00 PM UPDATE

The number one linebacker in the country has the Longhorns in his final two group.

Ryan (TX) linebacker Anthony Hill dropped his final two schools on Wednesday, and the Longhorns make the cut.

Texas A&M is the other school in contention for Hill's signature. 

Hill is coming off a recent official visit to Texas which saw the Longhorns make a big move in his recruitment. 

He has grown close with many recent Texas commits including quarterback Arch Manning and wide receiver Johntay Cook.

Hill is the consensus number one linebacker in the nation. He is arguably the top defensive prospect left on the Longhorns' recruiting board, as linebacker is such a substantial need at Texas. 

JUNE 28, 8:10 PM UPDATE

One of the nation's top cornerbacks has the Longhorns in his final four group.

Spanaway (WA) cornerback Jasiah Wagoner dropped his final four on Tuesday, and the Longhorn remain in hunt.

Along with Texas, California, Oregon, and Oklahoma made the cut.

Wagoner was offered by Texas back in February. He took a visit to Austin in early June. The Longhorns did enough on that visit to stay in contention for Wagoner's signature.

JUNE 28, 12:35 PM UPDATE

Texas has flipped the commitment of a top-ranked long snapper. 

Westlake Village (CA) Long Snapper Tate Haver has flipped his commitment from Boston College to Texas.

Haver is the number 13 overall long snapper in the 2023 recruiting class, per Rubio Long Snapping. He is also listed as a five-star. 

Haver will be a preferred walk-on for the Longhorns. 

June 28, 11:35 AM UPDATE

One of the nation's top running backs has the Longhorns in his final four group and has set a decision date.

Elite RB Cedric Baxter Jr. out Orlando (FL) is down to four schools and set a commitment date of August 10th. 

Along with Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, and Miami made the cut.

The Longhorns have gone all in on Baxter following the commitment of former priority running back Rueben Owens to the Louisville Cardinals.

Baxter has built a strong relationship with Tashard Choice, the running backs coach at Texas. Choice has been recruiting Baxter since his days as the runnings back coach at Georgia Tech.

Choice has the Longhorns in a position of strength for Baxter's commitment ahead of his August 10th decision.

June 25, 5:30 UPDATE

Elite offensive tackle Lance Heard has included the Longhorns in his final eight schools per his Twitter account. The 6-6, 300-pounder from Neville (LA) High School has also included Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State, Houston, and Auburn in his final choice of schools.

June 24, 7:20 UPDATE

An elite wide receiver has included the Texas Longhorns in his final three group.

Desoto (TX) WR Johntay Cook II dropped his final three schools on Friday, and the Longhorns remain in a strong position. 

Along with Texas, Michigan, and Oregon made the cut.

This announcement comes just one day after QB Arch Manning pledged his commitment to Texas.  

Cook and Manning have developed a close relationship throughout their recruitment and have frequently discussed the possibility of linking up in college. 

With Manning now in the fold, Texas sits in a favorable position to land Cook's commitment. 

June 22, 4:50 UPDATE

An elite wide receivers says he's looking the most at Oklahoma and Texas in his recruitment.

Houston (TX) WR Jaquaize Pettaway says his recruitment is coming down to a Red River battle. 

Steve Sarkisian targeted Pettaway early on. He extended an offer almost immediately after he was hired to be head coach at Texas. Pettaway's electric speed would fit perfectly in Sarkisian's offense.

Brennan Marion has development a tight relationship with Pettaway in his time as the Texas wide receiver coach.

Pettaway is fresh off an official visit to Texas. He took an official visit to Oklahoma the first weekend of June. 

Pettaway wants to make a decision between the two schools sometime this summer. 

June 21, 3:40 PM UPDATE

A priority edge rusher has locked in an official visit to the Texas Longhorns.

Dallas (TX) edge rusher Billy Walton will officially visit Texas on June 24-26.

Walton is a Oklahoma State commit, but that has not stopped a pursuit by the Texas coaching staff for Walton's signature.

Walton was thought to be a long-time Texas lean before a recent visit to Oklahoma State sealed the deal between him and the Cowboys. 

The Texas coaching staff hopes that getting Walton on campus will be the first step in flipping his decision. 

June 20, 5:45 PM UPDATE

Once the Longhorns' first commit of the 2023 class, El Campo (TX) running back Rueben Owens