Texas Football: Ryan Niblett already one of fastest Longhorns on the team

Steve Sarkisian, Texas football
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We’re more than a couple of weeks deep into the summer workout program for Texas football and strength and conditioning coach Torre Becton. Upon the start of summer workouts, Texas welcomed more than a dozen new additions to the program among the summer enrollees.

One of the summer enrollees that arrived on campus a few weeks ago for this semester that also ranked among the best high school recruits in the 2023 class is true freshman wide receiver, Ryan Niblett. The former highly touted four-star recruit out of Houston (TX) Aldine Eisenhower High School, Niblett, is one of the Longhorns’ highest upside skill players in this class.

What makes Niblett such an electric playmaker and a dangerous weapon to utilize in space is his elite speed and agility. Niblett already appears to be one of the fastest Longhorns players not just among the summer enrollees but on the entire team this year.

When Texas went through initial measurements and testing ahead of the start of the full summer workout program, Niblett clocked in as the fastest player among the summer enrollees. And it sounds like he’s creeping up on the fastest players on the entire team for the Longhorns a few weeks into summer workouts.

Texas football WR Ryan Niblett one of the fastest players on the team

Eric Nahlin of Inside Texas reported on June 19 (paid content) that Niblett is running nearly 23 miles per hour when Texas recently measured the player’s speed during summer workouts. Nahlin also mentions in this report that Niblett is getting close to the speed that junior wide receiver Xavier Worthy possesses.

We wrote last offseason that Worthy was the second-fastest player on the team for the Longhorns behind then-freshman wideout Brenen Thompson. And with Thompson transferring out of the program earlier this offseason, Worthy is the de facto fastest player on the team in 2023.

By that logic, Niblett is now one of the team’s two or three fastest players in 2023.

Niblett was able to put his elite speed on display when he ran track in high school at Aldine Eisenhower, namely in the 100-meter dash. He posted a blazing fast 10.41-second 100-meter dash time at one point in high school, translating to around 21.5 miles per hour.

Texas fans will soon be able to see Niblett put his elite burners on display on the gridiron this fall, assuming he can get a spot on the two-deep heading into the 2023 season.

Moreover, this year, Texas has some elite speed in the mix at the skill positions. Key skill players such as Worthy, Niblett, redshirt senior running back Keilan Robinson, and true freshman wide receiver Johntay Cook II all possess elite speed, which makes the Texas offense that much more dangerous when some of these playmakers get the ball out in space this fall.

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Texas has the most loaded wide receiver room in terms of talent and depth we’ve seen during Sark’s time as the Longhorns’ head coach. A standout trio of true freshmen featuring Niblett, Cook, and DeAndre Moore Jr. adds to an already loaded wide receiver room that is chocked full of proven upperclassmen (i.e., Worthy, Jordan Whittington, Isaiah Neyor, and AD Mitchell).