So far this summer, the results on the trail for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class and head coach Steve Sarkisian are nothing short of extraordinary. Texas keeps on building this wave of momentum on the recruiting trail for the 2023 class since landing a commitment from the elite five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning back on June 23.
This is the sort of chain of events that can transpire, though, when the Longhorns get a summer commitment from potentially the most highly touted prospect in the recent history of college football recruiting in Arch.
In the past when Texas has landed a perfect-rated quarterback recruit, it has usually come at a time close to a signing window. For instance, Texas signed Chris Simms and Vince Young both within a month of National Signing Day for each respective recruiting cycle. That didn’t leave much time for Mack Brown and his staff to get a wave of commitments in each of those recruiting classes.
Yet, Texas landing Arch roughly six months before the first signing period allows Sark and the Longhorns staff to build plenty of momentum on the recruiting trail for this class. It also allows Arch and his camp to help recruit for the Longhorns to get even more big-time commits in the mix before the first signing period in December.
Top prospects Arch Manning is trying to recruit for Texas football
With that in mind, here’s a look at five blue chips that Arch and his camp are helping to recruit for the Longhorns in the 2023 class.
Mikal Harrison-Pilot, WR
While Texas wasn’t able to yet capture a commitment from the touted four-star Temple athlete/wide receiver Mikal Harrison-Pilot during this insane wave of momentum on the recruiting trail of late, this recruitment does still appear to be trending in the Longhorns’ favor. Unless the Cal Golden Bears can make a huge move for Harrison-Pilot ahead of the fall, Texas should continue to remain the favorite here.
Yet, it’s hard to exactly pin down how a decision timeline will shape up for this speedy and versatile CenTex skill position stud. Just a few weeks ago, it looked like Harrison-Pilot might be coming to a decision before the dead period arrived.
We are now in the midst of the July dead period, though, and there’s no concrete decision timeline in mind for Harrison-Pilot.
Texas landing a commitment from Arch should continue to be a real factor as Harrison-Pilot ponders the best fit among his top schools. Arch and Harrison-Pilot have remained in contact in the past regarding the potential of playing together on the Forty Acres.
There was a reason why Sark, new wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion, and the Longhorns got Harrison-Pilot and Arch in together on official visits during the same weekend back on June 17. Harrison-Pilot would be an ideal fit in this Sark offense and could provide an extremely versatile target in the passing game for Arch.
As long as Arch, Sark, and the Longhorns keep making Harrison-Pilot a priority this summer, I would expect them to remain the favorite heading into the fall.