Breaking down 4 biggest visitors for Texas football July BBQ

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Colton Vasek, EDGE

One of the top priorities among the uncommitted remaining edge rushers for the Longhorns 2023 class is the lengthy and skilled four-star Austin-Westlake product Colton Vasek. This local Austin native joins four-star Friendswood product Braylan Shelby and four-star Marlin product Derion Gullette as the top trio of remaining edge rusher targets for the Longhorns 2023 class this summer.

What makes the recruitments of Vasek and Shelby interesting compared to that of Gullette is how open they could still be. While I don’t mean Vasek and Shelby’s recruitments are wide open in the sense that they’re taking all comers this summer, it’s hard to get a gauge on who the presumed frontrunners are for each blue-chip edge rusher.

For Vasek, his top trio of schools appears to be the Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks, and Texas. And Shelby has a set top two of Texas and the USC Trojans.

But we’ll get to follow along with how Vasek’s recruitment, in particular, is trending this weekend since he is now one of the visitors expected for the July BBQ.

Texas needs to make a big move with Vasek this weekend if they want to have any shot of ensuring that they overtake either Oregon or Oklahoma as the potential pacesetter in this recruitment. At the moment, it definitely doesn’t look like Texas has the clear-cut lead in this recruitment.

That could still change heading into the fall, though.

Vasek is a very versatile and intriguing fit for the Longhorns’ defensive front. The 6-foot-6 and 225-pound stud is a gifted pass rusher with an impressive array of moves and a quick first step that could make him impactful right away at the next level.

This could be the type of early impact pass rusher that the Longhorns need, especially if Vasek is able to add at least 10 or 15 pounds of muscle mass to his frame before next summer.