Texas Football: Position-by-position grades for the 2023 class post-NSD

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Wide receiver

# of signees: 2

Similar to tight end, wide receiver is another weird position to grade in the Longhorns 2023 class at this point. Texas surely has a lot of talent and potential with this duo of blue-chip wideout recruits that signed in the 2023 class.

But it’s clear that at least one or two more wideouts need to be added in the 2023 class before this cycle is in the books, regardless if that comes from the high school ranks or by way of the transfer portal.

Johntay Cook, 5-Star WR (DeSoto)

The highest-rated wide receiver signee in the Longhorns 2023 class is the elite five-star DeSoto product Johntay Cook. One of the major wins out of the DFW area for Sark and his staff in the 2023 class, Cook should be able to contribute right away to this offense.

Cook being able to earn starting reps will boil down to whether key wideouts such as sophomore Xavier Worthy and redshirt junior Jordan Whittington ultimately return to the Forty Acres in 2023. If both do return, and redshirt sophomore outside receiver Isaiah Neyor is able to recover from his knee injury, then Cook will likely find himself fourth or fifth in the pecking order at the position next fall.

Ryan Niblett, 4-Star WR (Houston Aldine Eisenhower)

There is an incredible amount of upside that the speedy and elusive four-star Houston Aldine Eisenhower wide receiver Ryan Niblett brings to the table in this offense for Sark and the Longhorns. Niblett is one of the fastest wide receiver recruits in the entire country.

And with a couple of years of development, he should thrive as a speedy and explosiveness slot receiver for the Longhorns.

Grade: B