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

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Emaree Winston, TE

The top-rated tight end recruits the Longhorns had on campus for the Texas-Kansas State game this weekend was the touted Calhoun (GA) four-star Emaree Winston. The 6-foot-3 and 230-pound 2025 tight end recruit from Georgia was another blue-chip that visited Texas on a gameday for the first time since Red River against the Sooners.

He said after the game that he talks all the time with standout junior Texas tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders. Winston likes the idea of early playing time at Texas, which is something special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks is pitching him in this recruitment.

Winston said Texas and the Ohio State Buckeyes are two teams standing out to him early in his recruitment.

Ethan Utley, DL

The high-four-star Nashville (TN) Ensworth defensive lineman Ethan Utley made his first gameday visit to Texas this season for the Kansas State game this weekend. The 6-foot-3 and 275-pound defensive lineman from Tennessee is one of Texas’ top out-of-state priorities in the trenches in the 2025 class.

Utley was reportedly impressed by the atmosphere at DKR and the grit the Texas defense played with in the win over Kansas State. He said, “the fact that their back was against the wall in overtime and the D-Line gets pressure and ends all plans just speaks for itself”. Utley can see himself as a versatile fit along Texas’ defensive line with his size and athleticism.

After this visit, Texas is reportedly “near the top” of Utley’s list of top schools.

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