Breaking down 4 biggest visitors for Texas football July BBQ

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This coming weekend will see the first and only major round of visitors for the July BBQ as Texas football recruiting gets going to wind down the summer months on the trail. As most of the month of July went through the dead period this summer, visits obviously didn’t play a role in any success for Texas on the recruiting trail in the last few weeks.

That hasn’t necessarily slowed the momentum of success on the recruiting trail of late, though, especially for the Longhorns 2023 class. Despite the dead period taking hold a few weeks ago, Texas remained hot on the recruiting trail all the way up through last weekend in the 2023 class.

And that momentum could continue ahead of the start of fall camp, especially if the Texas BBQ weekend goes well. Given how Texas is building up a pretty impressive visitor list among targets of the 2023, 2024, and even the 2025 class, this BBQ weekend will definitely be something to watch for the Longhorns faithful.

Top Texas football visitors to watch for the July BBQ weekend to cap the month

With that in mind, here’s a look at a breakdown of the four biggest visitors for the Longhorns during the Texas July BBQ this coming weekend.

Freddie Dubose, WR

There are a few 2024 visitors this weekend worth pointing out that are priorities for the Longhorns 2024 class early on. Texas commits such as five-star Daingerfield athlete Aeryn Hampton and four-star Aledo defensive back Jaden Allen will be on campus for the July BBQ this weekend. And other key targets such as four-star Lewisville safety Jaydan Hardy and four-star Tyler athlete Derrick McFall will also highlight some of the top remaining targets on campus this weekend.

But there might not be a target of the Longhorns 2024 class worth watching more that is visiting this weekend than the highly touted four-star New Braunfels-Smithson Valley wide receiver Freddie Dubose.

This will be the second time that Dubose visited Austin since mid-June and the third time total in 2022. I would anticipate that Texas is able to get Dubose to Austin for at least a couple more unofficial visits this fall too.

If there were any uncommitted 2024 prospect that looks to be trending in Texas’ favor at the moment among this weekend’s July BBQ visitors, Dubose looks the part. New wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion has certainly made a positive impression on Dubose and his camp this offseason.

The connection that Marion and Dubose have could be something that continues to position the Longhorns as the frontrunner in this recruitment if there is one at the moment.

Moreover, the 6-foot-2 and 175-pound former Samuel Clemens wideout Dubose is that speedy and elusive wideout that fits the mold of what Sark is looking for out of an x or a z-wide receiver. He’s got the timing and leaping ability to go up and get those contested 50/50 balls on the outside, similar to that of current Texas wideout Isaiah Neyor.

But Dubose also has the elusiveness and flat-out speed to make plays in space as a do-it-all x-wide receiver, similar to that of Xavier Worthy.

Dubose would be a great building block at the wide receiver position in the Longhorns 2024 class. And I would assume that Sark and Marion would make the move to shut down this recruitment as soon as they possibly could.