3 elite 2023 recruits Texas is contending for in February

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Anthony Hill, LB

A consistent mainstay among the top target of the Longhorns 2023 class throughout the last few months is the elite five-star Denton-Ryan linebacker Anthony Hill. Texas offered Hill way back on July 23, 2020. And he’s remained one of their top targets for the 2023 recruiting cycle in the more than 18 months since that time.

Hill is going to continue to be one of the most prioritized and important prospects that the Longhorns 2023 class needs to stay on top of throughout the offseason. Texas has done a nice job sticking around among the top schools for Hill thus far. And that looks to continue to be the case as we head into spring.


On the afternoon of Feb. 14, Hill dropped his six finalist schools on his Twitter timeline. Texas was included in a group that also includes the Texas A&M Aggies, Alabama Crimson Tide, Oklahoma Sooners, Miami Hurricanes, and USC Trojans.

This isn’t all that surprising to see the six schools that Hill included in this round of finalist cuts. He’s visited a good portion of his six finalist schools in the last few months alone. That includes visits to Oklahoma and Texas A&M for their respective junior day events last month.

One connection that the Longhorns might have with Hill that can give them a bit of a leg up is with his former teammate and fellow elite five-star recruit Ja’Tavion Sanders. Both Hill and Sanders played along the defensive front for Denton-Ryan High School for a couple of years before the latter of those two signed with Texas.

All in all, it’s hard to exactly pin who the favorite would be with Hill. But this could very well boil down to a battle on the recruiting trail between the likes of Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma.