A lot of attention is being paid to how the 2022 Texas football recruiting class can round out a few months ahead of the Early Signing Period. While new head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff have gained a ton of momentum in the 2022 class in the last month or so, especially along the defensive line, there still has yet to be a five-star prospect added to the mix.
Sark and the Longhorns are now up to seven blue-chip defensive line commits in the 2022 class. And a lot of those have come within the last couple of weeks alone. But Texas is still seeking out that cherry on top for the 2022 class before the Early Signing Period.
Texas has a few key five-star targets remaining on the board for the 2022 class that are uncommitted at this point in time. Three to watch in particular are five-star Frisco-Liberty wide receiver Evan Stewart, five-star Bowie offensive guard Devon Campbell, and five-star North Shore cornerback Denver Harris.
But there is a new name that was tossed back to the forefront this week for Sark and the Longhorns. The elite five-star Mater Dei cornerback Domani Jackson is the top-rated commit in the 2022 recruiting class of the USC Trojans. Following the firing of now-former USC head coach Clay Helton this week, though, questions naturally emerged regarding the status of his commitment.
According to a report from 247Sports on Sep. 14 (paid content), Texas was one of more than five schools that were “blowing up” Jackson’s phone following the firing of Helton from USC. Some of the other schools he noted that were in contact with him just since the firing of Helton went down were the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, UCLA Bruins, and Oklahoma Sooners.
It is worth noting, though, that Jackson mentioned too in this piece that the three schools he’s “messing with” moving forward are the Michigan Wolverines, Alabama Crimson Tide, and USC. He reaffirmed his commitment to USC too in this piece.
This is still noteworthy for the Longhorns, though, given that cornerback is a position group in the spotlight for the 2022 class for the fall. Continued persistence is likely from the Longhorns here with Jackson, but it would be an uphill battle, to say the least right now.
Texas does have some solid west coast connections that this Sark coaching staff is trying to form a pipeline out of. And if Texas can somehow right the ship, who knows what kind of success Sark could find on the recruiting trail for the likes of the 2022 and 2023 classes.
After a hot stretch on the recruiting trail of late for the 2022 class, Texas is now up to 21 commits, with the latest coming from four-star Hewitt-Trussville (AL) defensive lineman Justice Finkley. According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2022 Texas recruiting class now ranks at No. 3 in the nation and in the top spot in the Big 12 ahead of Oklahoma.