Momentum growing with Texas and 4-Star WR Kyle Parker

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While the recent quiet period on the trail for second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian and the 2023 Texas football recruiting class has led to some skepticism entering spring ball, fruitful results should be ahead for this coaching staff. Texas laid the groundwork to put together a well-rounded 2023 class. But that does hinge on a few key storylines playing out in Texas’ favor for this recruiting cycle.

First and foremost, Sark and the Longhorns staff will need to capitalize on their spot in the Arch Manning sweepstakes if the 2023 class is really going to fulfill its true potential. But there are still other pieces that could fall into place that could make this 2023 class one of the 10 or 15 best in the country even if Manning winds up committing elsewhere.

That is largely due to the fact that the Longhorns staff is doing an excellent job of prioritizing key recruitments at positions of need, like that of four-star Lovejoy wide receiver Kyle Parker. Not only is Parker consistently seeing his stock rise in the last couple of months, but he’s also getting a ton of attention from Sark and the Longhorns staff in particular.

The speedy and potent 5-foot-10 and 175-pound blue-chip wideout originally received his Texas offer back on Jan. 22, 2021. Since that time, he’s received offers from more than five other schools. That includes the likes of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Mississippi State Bulldogs, SMU Mustangs, and Colorado Buffaloes.

Texas appears to be emerging as one of the top schools in the race to land a commitment from Parker. They sit in a good position with him at the moment. There seems to be a lot of traction between Parker and new wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion.

Texas football continues to grow their relationship with 4-Star WR Kyle Parker heading into spring

Parker visited Texas last month, which is when he received his scholarship offer from the Longhorns. That offer seemingly caught him by surprise at first, at least per a report from Inside Texas (paid content).

Since that point in time, Parker truly became one of the most important skill position targets to watch for the Longhorns 2023 class. And that likely will continue to be the case heading into the spring.

As of the morning of Feb. 27, the On3 recruiting prediction machine seems to favor Texas over the rest of the competition in the race to land a commitment from Parker. Texas is given more than a 94 percent chance to get a commitment from Parker from On3.

Although, another program to watch in pursuit of Parker is the Louisville Cardinals. Louisville looks to be another top contender in the race to land a commitment from Parker. He already took a recent visit to Louisville since the fall. And a report from 247Sports this weekend (paid content) notes that Parker could be looking at making a return visit to Louisville this spring.

This recruitment is still way too early to call. But it does look like a handful of schools are starting to emerge as potential favorites whenever Parker does decide to narrow a top group of finalists.

Texas and Louisville are definitely two schools to watch at this point of Parker’s recruitment that stand above the rest.

Expect Texas to continue to make Parker one of their bigger priorities among in-state wide receiver prospects alongside the likes of four-star DeSoto product Johntay Cook and four-star Langham Creek product Jaquiaze Pettaway.

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Texas currently holds one commitment in their 2023 class with four-star Arlington-Seguin defensive back Jamel Johnson. Expect the Longhorns to remain busy on the recruiting trail for their 2023 class as a busy spring of visits lies ahead.