The EDGE position is a primary focus in the 2024 Texas football recruiting class for head coach Steve Sarkisian and this staff heading into the fall. Texas has a few remaining priority EDGE recruits in the 2024 class on its radar late this summer after landing the elite five-star Duncanville edge rusher Colin Simmons on Aug. 10.
Some of the Longhorns’ top edge rusher priorities in the 2024 class after landing Simmons a few weeks ago are Tulsa (OK) NOAH Homeschool four-star Danny Okoye, Tampa (FL) Carrollwood Day four-star Solomon Williams, and Allen four-star Zina Umeozulu.
Okoye is arguably the most important of the top remaining priority edge rusher recruits in the 2024 class for the Longhorns heading into the fall. He certainly has the highest athletic upside of the bunch.
Texas football stood out during 4-Star EDGE Danny Okoye’s summer official visit to Austin
Texas solidified itself among Okoye’s top schools after his summer official visits. The Longhorns received the first official visit that Okoye took this summer. Texas knocked it out of the park during Okoye’s mid-June official visit to Austin.
Okoye recently spoke on Texas and his official visit experience in an SI recruitment update on Aug. 26.
"“Texas has been the one — I just was on an OV down there last month, month before last — the vibes were immaculate. Everybody there has a huge smile on their face and they’re so welcoming. It was definitely one of my favorite visits by far.”"
It caught my eye that Okoye said that the “vibes were immaculate” and that the Texas OV “was definitely one of my favorite visits by far”.
Texas one of the top 6 schools for Okoye
A few weeks ago, Okoye announced Texas among his six finalist schools. The other five finalists are the Tennessee Volunteers, Oklahoma Sooners, Colorado Buffaloes, LSU Tigers, and Alabama Crimson Tide.
Okoye has already taken unofficial visits to Norman, Knoxville, Tuscaloosa, and Baton Rouge during the summer. He’s also set to take officials to Oklahoma (Sep. 1), LSU (Sep. 22), and Tennessee (Sep. 30) this fall.
A return visit to Texas for a game this fall is also likely in the cards for Okoye for the Wyoming game on Sep. 16.
Okoye a clear-cut top priority for Texas’ staff
If there were any questions regarding how much of a priority Okoye was for Texas’ staff in the 2024 class late this summer, that was answered after the Longhorns landed Simmons on Aug. 10. Okoye appeared to be one of the first prospects Sark was on the phone immediately following getting Simmons’ commitment on Aug. 10.
Sark and the Longhorns have a fight on their hands in this recruitment heading into the fall. Tennessee and Oklahoma are viewed by many as the top two schools for Okoye heading into the September official visits. He has great relationships with the Tennessee staff. And the proximity to home is a factor working in the Sooners’ favor with Okoye and his mom.
Assuming Texas gets Okoye on campus for a return visit for a game next month, the Longhorns will get a shot to make a big move with the priority EDGE recruit a few months before signing day in December.