Following a hot stretch on the trail in a couple of months after he was hired by this program, the newly hired head coach Steve Sarkisian hit a bit of a dry spell of late for his 2022 Texas football recruiting class. Granted that was to be expected after landing quite a few blue chip commits in the span of less than two months.
Leading indicators are starting to pop back up that Sark and the Longhorns are about to hit another hot stretch on the recruiting trail for the 2022 class, though. One prospect that is starting to trend to the Longhorns’ 2022 class of late, talented four-star Brophy College Prep 6-foot-4 and 255 pound strong-side defensive end Zac Swanson, could be a really nice pickup for the coaching staff.
Texas has just one commit to fill out their defensive line for the 2022 class as of the morning of April 7. New defensive line coach Bo Davis landed a commitment from three-star North Shore defensive tackle Kristopher Ross back on March 23, which is the lone addition to the defensive front in the class at the moment.
Moreover, the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions now have two experts picking the Phoenix, AZ, native Swanson to give his commitment to Texas over the rest of the competition. Although, the Rivals FutureCast doesn’t have any picks in from their analysts and publishers yet.
Pursuit of Zac Swanson for the 2022 Texas football recruiting class
It was not all that long ago that the Longhorns originally sent a scholarship offer to Swanson. He received his Texas offer back on Feb. 18, 2021, which was the same day he got one from the Kentucky Wildcats. Texas and Kentucky are the two most recent schools to offer Swanson.
Clearly, there is some traction forming between Swanson and the main Texas assistant/coordinator pursuing him on the recruiting trail, new defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski. The former Washington Huskies co-defensive coordinator is doing well in recruiting a talented defensive end hailing out of tradition PAC-12 recruiting country.
Texas and Kentucky are two of more than 15 schools that have offered Swanson thus far. Some of the other notable schools on his offer sheet include the USC Trojans, Oregon Ducks, Auburn Tigers, Arizona State Sun Devils, Florida State Seminoles, Iowa State Cyclones, Michigan State Spartans, Oklahoma Sooners, and UCLA Bruins.
It was back on March 1 that Swanson also whittled his list of finalist schools down to four. Those four schools included Texas, Kentucky, Oregon, and USC. That is a good sign for Texas moving forward in pursuit of landing Swanson’s commitment.
Moreover, Swanson ranks as the nation’s No. 344 2022 high school prospect, No. 20 strong-side defensive end, and No. 6 prospect out of Arizona (247Sports Composite). And the Top247 ranks him as the No. 20 strong-side defensive end and No. 4 prospect out of Arizona.
According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2022 Texas recruiting class ranks at No. 8 in the nation and in the second spot in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma. Texas currently has seven commits in their 2022 class.