Assessing 4 biggest official visitors for Texas football this weekend

Arch Manning, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Arch Manning, Texas Football
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This weekend could wind up being the biggest of the entire calendar year for second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian and the 2023 Texas football recruiting class. We are now upon the weekend of the official visit for the elite five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning.

Sark and the Longhorns are set to host Manning as the headliner amidst roughly 10 official visitors and a little more than a dozen visitors in total. Texas will need to capitalize on this opportunity they have this weekend to really get the ball rolling on the 2023 recruiting class.

There are currently some pieces in place in the 2023 class that are promising such as four-star Aldine Eisenhower (TX) wide receiver Ryan Niblett and four-star North Crowley linebacker S’Maje Burrell, among a couple of others. But this type of visit weekend could be what really launches the Longhorns 2023 class into the stratosphere.

Arch Manning and the biggest official visitors for Texas football this weekend

It all starts with getting Arch on board with the 2023 class. Landing a commitment from a once-in-a-generation type of recruit like Arch would obviously be a massive game-changer for the Longhorns. That would give the Longhorns the real shot to contend to have the nation’s top 2023 class.

With this in mind, here’s a look at a breakdown of the Longhorns’ status with the four most important official visitors on campus this weekend.

Malik Muhammad, CB

Among the top defensive recruits on campus this weekend in Austin is the highly touted four-star South Oak Cliff cornerback Malik Muhammad. Texas had a strong defensive back class for the 2022 cycle, but they want to continue to add depth in the secondary in the 2023 class.

Texas is surely off to a good start with a commitment from four-star Arlington-Seguin safety Jamel Johnson and the Horns trending for four-star Woodlawn (LA) cornerback Jordan Matthews of late.

Muhammad could be an important piece of this 2023 secondary class.

This is going to be an enormous weekend for the Longhorns in the recruitment of Muhammad. In fact, there’s a good chance that this weekend could be a major turning point in the recruitment of Muhammad for Texas. If special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks and cornerbacks coach Terry Joseph can continue to make some big moves with Muhammad and his camp this summer, this could wind up being a tight race between the likes of the Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, and Alabama Crimson Tide.

Texas A&M is set to host Muhammad for an official visit on July 29. That means if Muhammad has a late summer or early fall decision timeline in mind, the Aggies are in a great position to get the final word before an announcement comes about.

Texas really needs to make a huge impression with Muhammad this weekend if they want to stick around with Texas A&M in this recruitment.