Texas Football: 5 key recruits impressed by Longhorns win over K-State

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Riley Pettijohn, LB

One of the highest-rated visiting recruits on campus this weekend for Texas’ win over Kansas State was the high-four-star McKinney (TX) linebacker Riley Pettijohn. The 6-foot-3 and 200-pound in-state 2025 linebacker recruit visited Texas for his second gameday of the fall for the Kansas State game. He also visited Texas for the Red River Rivalry game against the Oklahoma Sooners in Dallas on Oct. 7.

This was Pettijohn’s first visit to DKR this fall, though. Pettijohn was impressed by the gameday atmosphere at DKR for the Kansas State game and how the defense toughened up at key times. He told Inside Texas after the game (paid content) that he “liked the way they (the defense) were flying around” against Kansas State.

The ending to the game, where Texas stopped the Wildcats on fourth down, was the highlight of the contest for Pettijohn. Texas is one of Pettijohn’s top schools this fall, along with the USC Trojans and Florida Gators. Pettijohn already visited USC for a gameday this fall and is looking to get to Florida before the end of the season.

Lance Jackson, DL/ATH

Another blue-chip defensive line recruit from the 2025 class Texas hosted for the Kansas State game this weekend was Texarkana (TX) Pleasant Grove four-star Lance Jackson. This was the second time Jackson visited Texas on a game day in as many months. He also visited for Red River on Oct. 7 against Oklahoma.

Jackson said after the game that he was “loving it” and that the “game was crazy and the atmosphere is insane”. He conversed with safeties coach Blake Gideon and co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Pete Kwiatkowski during the Texas visit this weekend.