Johntay Cook, WR
I personally believe that the biggest lock among five-star recruits on this list to land in the Longhorns 2023 class when it’s all said and done is the newly-minted five-star DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook. After landing a commitment from Arch, Texas has a ton of momentum on its side in the race to win the Cook sweepstakes.
Texas recently made it through the latest round of finalist school cuts from Cook. He named the Oregon Ducks, Michigan, and Texas as his top three finalist schools ahead of this big-time official visit weekend in Austin.
As Texas is in the midst of hosting Cook on his official visit to Austin, it looks like the Longhorns are setting the pace in this recruitment. Multiple analyst forecasts have pegged Texas as the heavy favorite to win the race to land a commitment from Cook at this point of the offseason.
Anthony Hill, LB
While there are a few top defensive targets of the Longhorns 2023 class worth mentioning this summer, none is bigger in my opinion than the elite five-star Denton-Ryan linebacker Anthony Hill. Texas is currently hosting Hill on an official visit in Austin, which could be one of the more important points of his recruiting timeline this offseason. It will be huge for the Longhorns to push the right buttons with Hill and his camp this weekend.
Moreover, I’m not necessarily saying that Hill is a make-or-break recruitment for the Longhorns in the 2023 class. But landing a commitment from Hill could be the difference between Texas having a good or a great defensive class for this cycle.
This recruitment looks like it could boil down to the two big in-state schools in Texas and Texas A&M. What could be the difference-maker for Texas in the race to land a commitment from Hill is showing a good amount of improvement on the defensive side of the ball on the field this coming season. Show that this defense has made some necessary strides on the field this fall, and Texas could be in the driver’s seat with Hill.