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Texas Longhorns Recruiting Tracker: Check back often as we keep you up-to-date on Longhorns news as Texas looks to improve on an already impressive class

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:

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 has found a new home -- in the ACC. 

Owens pledged his commitment to the Louisville Cardinals on Monday afternoon, following a recent official visit.

Owens picked the Cardinals over Texas, Texas A&M and TCU, among others. 

The rising junior has fielded comparisons to former Alabama Standout T.J. Yeldon, due to his balance, top-end speed, and his ability to catch passes out of the backfield.

Owens was nearly unstoppable in his junior season, rushing 248 times for 2,989 yards (12.1 yards per carry and 229.9 yards per game) to go along with 46 touchdowns. Owens also had 15 catches for 252 yards and two more scores and threw a touchdown pass.

He has totaled 5,116 all-purpose yards and 73 total touchdowns in his two seasons at El Campo. 

June 20, 5:50 PM UPDATE

One of the nation's top defensive linemen has included the Longhorns in his top five group.

Terrance Green (Cypress, TX) dropped his top five schools on Monday and the Longhorns remain in the hunt.

Along with Texas, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, and Oregon made the cut.

Green is fresh off an unofficial visit to Texas. The Longhorns were able to made a big move in Green's recruitment on the visit.

June 19, 11:20 AM UPDATE

One of the nation's top defensive linemen spoke highly of his unofficial visit to Texas on social media. 

Terrance Green (Cypress, TX) was on an unofficial visit to Texas this past week, and the Longhorns made a big move in his recruitment. 

Green was scheduled to take an official visit to USC on June 17-19, but he cancelled that trip. He will make an official visit to Oregon on June 24-26.

Along with Texas, Oklahoma State, Oregon, USC, Michigan State, and Auburn are in contention for his signature among others. 

June 18, 4:40 PM UPDATE

The nation's number one player was spotted on his official visit to Texas this weekend.

Arch Manning (New Orleans, LA) snapped a picture alongside Isidore Newman TE Will Randle and Texas DB Michael Taaffe at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on his official visit. 

Manning and Randle are both priorities for the Longhorns in their 2023 recruiting class. The duo has unofficially visited Texas numerous times together in the last year. Taaffe is their host for this weekend's official visit. 

Manning is coming off official visits to Georgia and Alabama. He has no further visits set in place at this time.

JUNE 17, 2:00 PM UPDATE: 

Texas will host a coveted defensive back recruit for an official visit, with the date to be determined. 

Baton Rouge (La.) Woodlawn defensive back Jordan Matthews confirmed official visits to five programs on Friday, with the trips to Alabama and Texas yet to be locked in.

Official visits to Stanford, set for this weekend, and Tennessee for the following were confirmed in the post. Matthews had already been up to see Michigan to kick off the visit slate.

Texas has made waves in Louisiana in the 2023 cycle, where they're of course targeting the top player in the state in Arch Manning among many others. 

Matthews, who also excels in track and field as a sprinter, has already visited Austin this year. UT originally targeted him with an offer in May of 2021.


The Texas Longhorns are set to get an official visit from one of the top defensive ends in the country -- Westlake (Austin, TX) edge rusher, Colton Vasek. 

Texas is locked in a tight battle with Oklahoma, Clemson, Oregon, and Texas Tech for Vasek. 

Vasek also currently holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Cal, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, TCU, USC, Wisconsin and more. 

JUNE 13, 12:15 PM UPDATE

A top Texas target appears to be looking closer at other programs at this time. 

Tony Mitchell, as first reported by Brian Perroni, will no longer be taking his official visit to Austin. The news, surrounding the potential trip set for the weekend of June 24, has been confirmed by SI All-American. The Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson star defensive back deleted the original Tweet announcing the visit as well. 

Mitchell is coming off of a trip to Texas A&M over the weekend and has plans to see in-state Auburn for a trip in October, thus far. 

A one-time commitment to Tennessee, Mitchell did not include the Vols or Longhorns in his top five from the spring. A&M, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Oregon occupies those spots. UT offered back in February.


One of the top prospects in the 2024 class will soon be in Austin.

According to Sam Speigelman of On3, Saint Louis (Mo.) University School star wide receiver Ryan Wingo will be making an unofficial visit to Texas next Saturday.

The 6-foot-2 wide receiver, who scored 15 offensive touchdowns in 10 games with 638 reception yards and another 214 on the ground, was offered by Texas back in November. 

The Longhorns have two commitments to date in the class of 2024, each from in-state defensive backs in Aeryn Hampton and Jaden Allen.


Two-sport Arizona native Duce Robinson has been busy on the baseball diamond his spring, but his future as a top college football tight end talent remains on the mind of many. 

The Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle standout spoke to Chad Simmons and revealed one of the programs keeping tabs on him, with a return trip to Austin somewhat likely, is Texas. 

“Coach Sark is a cool guy and he is one of the top offensive minds in college football. I am ready to see what he and his team does this season," Robinson told Simmons. 

More than two dozen programs have offered a scholarship his way, though visits haven't been very frequent of late because of baseball. If and when that changes, expect UT to factor into the race for one of the most impressive athletes in the nation. 


One of the best, regardless of classification or position in the high school football world, is about to see Texas for the first time. 

Temple (Texas) Lake Belton wide receiver Micah Hudson, who hauled in 45 passes for 851 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore in 2021, hasn't taken many recruiting visits but UT will soon be checked off of the list. 247Sports reports the visit going down this weekend. 

Texas, under new wide receiver coach Brennan Marion, offered Hudson a scholarship in January. Alabama, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Oregon and others will make this recruitment national and one of the most intriguing to track in the class of 2024.


One of the nation's top cornerbacks has the Longhorns in his top group ahead of his commitment. 

Micah Bell (Houston, TX) released his top 10 schools on Monday and the Longhorns remain in the hunt. 

Bell also stated he will be announcing his commitment on July 1st. 

Along with Texas, Notre Dame, Baylor, Michigan State, Harvard, Duke, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Houston are in contention for his signature. 

Bell currently has one official visit scheduled to Notre Dame this upcoming weekend.

Notre Dame is believed to be the favorite for Bell as of now ahead of his decision date. 


One of Texas' top overall targets was back in Austin on Thursday, and it won't be his last time in town. 

DJ Hicks, the in-state star defender out of Katy (Texas) Paetow, took time to take an unofficial visit to Texas with his father, David Hicks Sr. The latter told On3 that they had a great visit. He also hinted at multiple return dates down the line. 

Hick Sr. said not only will the duo be in town for the Texas and Alabama showdown in September, but could also return to Austin later in the summer months before the season gets going. Given Texas A&M's buzz around Hicks, this is a strong development for the Texas angle. 

Out-of-state programs will get Hicks on campus for official visits this month, including Michigan State (June 3), Miami (June 10) and Oregon (June 17). Hicks has already made it to East Lansing as of Friday morning. 


An elite local edge rusher has the Longhorns in his top five group.

Colton Vasek (Austin, TX) announced his top five schools Thursday evening, and the Longhorns remain in contention for his signature.

Along with Texas, Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Clemson made the cut. 

Vasek has deep ties with Texas Football not only through the Westlake players currently on the Texas roster but through his family as well. Colton's father, Brian Vasek, played for Longhorns during the 1990s. 

The Longhorns offered Vasek during his most recent visit to campus in January. 


An elite shooting guard has the Longhorns in his top five group.

Braelon Green (Southfield, MI) dropped his top five schools on Wednesday, and the Longhorns remain in the mix. 

Along with Texas, Arizona State, Tennessee, Michigan State, and Kansas made the cut. 

The Longhorns have yet to receive a visit from Green.


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

Braylan Shelby (Friendswood, TX) is slated to be in Austin for an official visit from June 24-26.

The Longhorns have made Shelby a priority as an edge rusher. 

Along with Texas, USC is scheduled to receive an official visit from Shelby from June 16-19. 

Shelby most recently visited the Longhorns in April. 


Another top defensive line target has locked in an official visit with Texas. 

Avion Carter, according to ON3's Gerry Hamilton, will visit Texas the weekend of June 24. TCU will also get a June official visit out of Amarillo (Texas) Tascosa defensive lineman, who has the Longhorns and Horned Frogs within his top four. 

UT originally offered Carter in February 2021 and has hosted him for unofficial visits on multiple occasions since. 

MAY 31, 4:30 PM UPDATE

One of the nation's top defensive lineman has locked in official visit to Texas.

Hunter Osborne (Trussville, AL) has set an official visit to Texas from June 17-19, per Horns247

Texas offered Osborne late (May 3rd), but due to an aggressive push by Bo Davis, the Texas defensive line coach, the Longhorns are squarely in the mix for Osborne's signature.

Another positive factor for Texas in this recruitment is the relationship Osborne has with Justice Finkley, the new Longhorn edge rusher.

Finkley and Osborne were teammates in high school. Finkley has been talking up the Longhorns to Osborne long before Bo Davis extended an offer.

MAY 30, 3:40 PM UPDATE

One of the nation's top athletes has Texas in his top group. 

Mikal Harrison-Pilot (Temple, TX) dropped his top five schools on Monday and the Longhorns remain at the top of the list.

Along with Texas, Cal, Houston, TCU, and Oklahoma made the cut.

The two-way athlete has expressed his preference to play on the offensive side of the ball in college. Brennan Marion, the Texas wide receiver coach, has been Harrison-Pilot's primary recruiter for the Longhorns. 

Harrison-Pilot is scheduled to be in Austin for an official visit from June 16-19.

MAY 29 10:00 a.m. UPDATE

An in-state standout has Texas in his top group. 

Houston (Texas) Klein Forest edge prospect Brad Spence released his top 10 programs going into the weekend and UT remains in the hunt for the class of 2023 recruit. 

Spence also listed Utah, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Missouri, Duke, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Nebraska and Cal in the top 10. He was in Austin multiple times this spring in both April and March, getting time with Steve Sarkisian while in town as well. 

MAY 28 UPDATE: Busy Visit Month Ahead For Cedric Baxter Jr.

Cedric Baxter Jr.'s father spoke with 247Sports to update his recruitment ahead of June visits.

Baxter released a top 5 of Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, Florida, and Arkansas in late April. On Thursday, Baxter announced that he is removing Arkansas from his list and replacing them with Alabama. He added that Alabama will receive an official visit at some point.

Texas is the only official visit currently scheduled for Baxter. He is slated to be in Austin June 10-12. His father spoke highly of their family's long-standing relationship with Tashard Choice, the Texas running back coach.

“Coach Choice has been recruiting him the longest,” Baxter Sr. said. “Our family has a real good relationship with him.”

Baxter plans to visit Miami on June 3rd and Texas A&M at the end of the month, according to his father.

MAY 27, 4:25 UPDATE

One of the nation's fastest rising safeties has locked in an official visit to Texas.

Jayden Bonsu (Hillside, NJ) is scheduled to take an official visit to Texas on June 24-26.

Along with Texas, Miami, Michigan State, and Ohio State are scheduled to receive an official visit from Bonsu.

Bonsu has yet to visit the Longhorns. The Texas staff will have to knock this visit out of the park if they want a chance to land the talented out-of-state safety.

MAY 26, 4:30 PM UPDATE

One of the top LB/EDGE prospects in the state of Texas has included the Longhorns in their top group.

Derion Gullette (Marlin, TX) released his top seven schools on Thursday afternoon.