The path to success for new head coach Steve Sarkisian and the 2023 Texas football recruiting class has to start with landing some key blue-chip targets before too long. Texas is taking a patient approach with the 2023 class, that still stands without an initial commitment.
In fact, the lone commit that Sark and the Longhorns ever held in the 2023 class came thanks to the elite five-star El Campo running back Rueben Owens. But Sark and the Longhorns could only keep hold of the commitment of the in-state product Owens for a few months until he re-opened his recruitment early in the summer last offseason.
While Texas could very realistically still land a commitment from Owens before it’s all said and done, it looks like the first pledge that sticks in the 2023 class is likely to come from another source. And at the moment, it looks like there is one emerging possibility for the Longhorns to soon get their first commit that sticks in the 2023 class.
Texas football trending right now to land 2023 4-Star CB Jamel Johnson
The highly-touted four-star 6-foot-1 and 175-pound Seguin (TX) cornerback Jamel Johnson is starting to trend to the Longhorns late in the month of October.
The three expert 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions in for Johnson at the moment have his commitment landing with the Longhorns over the rest of the field. And each of these three Crystal Ball Predictions were put in by this trio of experts on Oct. 23.
The writing on the wall is there that new cornerbacks coach Terry Joseph is making some real headway toward landing a commitment from Johnson. Joseph is the primary recruiter going after Johnson, and he’s making a lot of progress since the summer.
Johnson was on campus for some key visits during the summer. And he visited Texas for the Big 12 opener in the win over head coach Matt Wells and the Texas Tech Red Raiders a few weekends ago.
Texas was one of the earlier schools on Johnson’s offer sheet. And that early attention looks like it could pay off for Sark, Joseph, and the Longhorns in the 2023 class.
Some other schools to watch in the recruitment of Johnson are the Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas A&M Aggies, and Auburn Tigers. He looks to keep in communication with those schools, that will also continue to try to challenge Texas among the top programs in the race to land a commitment from Johnson.
Johnson is one of the more highly touted corners that Texas has offered for its 2023 class. He ranks as the nation’s No. 187 2022 high school prospect, No. 15 safety (classifies at different DB positions with different recruiting sources), and No. 27 prospect out of Texas (247Sports Composite).