The last couple of weeks saw the 2023 Texas football recruiting class explode to more than double the number of commits. Since June 13, Texas has added a dozen commits to the 2023 class. And since June 23, Texas has added 10 commits.
What caused most of this insane wave of momentum on the recruiting trail for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns 2023 class of late was a commitment from the elite five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning. Texas got that gigantic commitment from Arch on June 23.
That would end up sparking a historic run on the recruiting trail for the Longhorns in the 2023 class that likely still isn’t over quite yet. In this insane wave of commitments for Texas, the 2023 class added three five stars and cracked the top three in the national class rankings.
Yet, it’s easy to get some of the more valuable commits in the Longhorns 2023 class lost in the mix with so many insanely talented blue-chips coming aboard in the last couple of weeks.
Texas football finds some tremendous value among the 2023 commits from the last few months
With that in mind, here’s a look at an evaluation of three of the most underrated commits in the Longhorns 2023 class as it stands in early July.
Jaydon Chatman, IOL
The highest-rated offensive line commit in the Longhorns 2023 class arrived last week in the form of the highly touted four-star Harker Heights (TX) interior offensive lineman Jaydon Chatman. Offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood and the Longhorns might wind up having the best lineman in this class once it’s all said and done for this cycle in Chatman.
While Flood and the Longhorns went after some longer-term projects among bigger offensive linemen from most of the commits in the mix in the 2023 class at the moment, Chatman is clearly the most immediate impact player in this group. The 6-foot-4 and 290-pound Chatman has the size and athleticism necessary to really play at four different spots along the offensive line.
The most natural position for Chatman right away would be at offensive guard. But he profiles as an offensive tackle with the ceiling that we see from Chatman given his footspeed, fundamental skills, and non-stop motor blocking for the run and the pass. Chatman also has the arm length and lateral agility desired out of a steady and effective offensive tackle in pass protection.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Texas is getting an interior offensive lineman the caliber of a top-100-rated recruit in the nation in Chatman. That type of value shouldn’t be taken lightly as Chatman figures to be a starter potentially by even his second year with the Longhorns. Chatman’s versatility also means that he could fill a variety of needs depending on how offensive line development plays out for Texas in the next couple of years.