The biggest splash move of the offseason so far for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class was clearly landing a commitment from the elite five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning. Back on June 23, head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff pulled off a huge feat for the 2023 recruiting class by nabbing Arch.
This was a move that sent shockwaves throughout the college football landscape and will continue to impact how things play out on the recruiting trail for the rest of this cycle. Texas is already reaping the rewards of landing Arch with multiple other valuable commits in the 2023 class.
In fact, Texas now leads the nation with the most five-star commits among all 2023 classes. Texas is the only 2023 class to hold more than two five-star commits as of July 3. There are a few other classes that have two five-star commits, but Texas is the only one with three.
Outside of Arch, the Longhorns also hold five-star commitments from the Westgate (LA) safety Derek Williams and DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook.
5-Star recruits Texas football can land with Arch Manning committed
But that doesn’t look to be it for Sark and the Longhorns staff in terms of the potential five-star additions to the 2023 class entering the fall. With that in mind, here’s a look at three five-star recruits that Texas could still add to the 2023 class with Arch in the mix now.
Anthony Hill, LB
It feels like the make-or-break prospect for the Longhorns’ 2023 defensive class is the elite five-star Denton-Ryan linebacker Anthony Hill. Texas is making linebacker a top priority in terms of the positions of need in the 2023 class. And there’s no better way to make a big splash at the position in the 2023 class than with the uber-talented Denton, TX, product Hill.
Texas recently made it through the top two finalist schools for Hill along with the in-state rival Texas A&M Aggies. This will continue to be a Lone Star Showdown on the recruiting trail that likely carries beyond the start of fall camp for the Longhorns.
One factor that Hill will be watching heading into the fall is the potential progressions that Texas makes on the field, especially on the defensive side of the ball. If Texas can prove that this defense is making some of the necessary strides this fall, that will go a long way to helping Hill land in this 2023 class.
And if you combine a potentially high level of improvement on the field for Texas this fall along with Arch’s presence in the 2023 class, it’s hard to see the Longhorns losing out to the Aggies in the race to land a commitment from Hill.
Texas has a great relationship built with Hill, and that will also continue to play a role in this recruitment moving forward.