3 key Texas football recruits visiting this weekend vs. ULM

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Although it won’t come anywhere close to comparing to what the visitor list will look like for Texas football next weekend against the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, there will still be some key recruits making the trip to Austin for the regular season opener this weekend.

Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian will see roughly a half-dozen or so visitors for the 2023 and 2024 classes make their way to the Forty Acres for unofficials in the next couple of days. These visiting recruits will be in attendance to watch the Longhorns take on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks out of the Sun Belt under the lights at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sep. 3, with kickoff time for this game set for 7 p.m. CT.

This will be the first opportunity for the Texas staff to make a real impression with some current Longhorn commits and prospective ones with any sort of effective performance on the field this fall. UL-Monroe won’t be the best team Texas faces, by any means, this season.

But Sark and the Longhorns can at least build up some confidence and momentum on the field, and even on the recruiting trail, with a successful Week 1.

Important recruits visiting for Texas football vs. ULM this weekend

The visitor list for the weekend is provided by Inside Texas here (insider content).

Here’s a look at three key Texas recruits visiting Austin this weekend for the opener vs. ULM.

Spencer Shannon, TE

One of the Texas commits in the 2023 class that will be on campus for an unofficial visit this weekend for the regular season opener against ULM is the underrated three-star Mater Dei tight end Spencer Shannon. This towering 6-foot-7 and 230-pound west coast product is one of the two tight ends currently committed in the Longhorns 2023 class. The other is the teammate of the elite five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning, and three-star tight end Will Randle.

There are still a few schools reaching out to Shannon to keep communication open with him heading into the fall, despite his summer commitment to Texas. It looks like the UCLA Bruins is a program to watch that is still trying to flip the commitment of Shannon heading into the fall.

I do want to say that I don’t think there is too much to worry about with the status of Shannon’s commitment. But the modern world of recruiting means that Sark and the Longhorns staff can’t take anything for granted.

Moreover, with Texas’ continued pursuit of the elite five-star Pinnacle (AZ) tight end target Duce Robinson, it’s easy to overlook Shannon in the 2023 class. But this visit could be an important marker for the Longhorns to keep Shannon’s commitment firm ahead of signing day.