Texas Football: ‘Buzz is picking up’ for UT with 4-Star TE Emaree Winston

Jeff Banks, Texas football
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Texas football hosted over a half dozen visiting recruits from the 2025 class at DKR in Austin for its win last weekend over the No. 23 Kansas State Wildcats in an overtime thriller that ended with UT coming up with a goal line stand on fourth down.

Among the highly touted visiting recruits the Longhorns hosted for the Kansas State game last weekend was four-star Calhoun (GA) tight end Emaree Winston. The visit last weekend for the Kansas State game was Winston’s second in as many months to see Texas on a gameday.

Winston also visited the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 7 to see the Longhorns take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry game.

The early returns from Winston’s unofficial visit to Austin last weekend to see Texas defeat Kansas State were positive. He spent time with special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks and talked with junior All-Big 12 tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders during the visit for the Kansas State game.

Texas football holds momentum with 4-Star 2025 TE target Emaree Winston

Winston said after the game on social media that he “enjoyed” his time on the 40 last weekend.

Texas continued to receive most of the buzz in this recruitment in the days following the conclusion of Winston’s unofficial visit to Austin for the Kansas State game. On3’s Chad Simmons reported early this week that the Longhorns “made a very strong impression” on Winston.

Banks and the Longhorns made a positive impression on Winston just when he could be narrowing down his options this fall. A decision could be coming up soon for Winston from how things are trending in this recruitment in the last few days after the visit to Austin.

The buzz is reportedly “picking up that he could make a decision in the near future” coming out of the visit for the Kansas State game.

Winston taking visits to Ohio State and Tennessee in mid-November

In the next two weekends, Winston will take visits to see the Ohio State Buckeyes host the Michigan State Spartans in Columbus on Nov. 11 and the Tennessee Volunteers host the Georgia Bulldogs in Knoxville on Nov. 18.

Winston said after his visit to Texas that the Longhorns and Buckeyes were his top two schools. He’s visited Columbus multiple times since last fall, and he has a strong relationship with Buckeyes tight ends coach Keenan Bailey. Despite being in his first year as Ohio State’s tight ends coach, Bailey has done a great job in this recruitment.

This recruitment looks like it will be a battle on the trail between Texas and Ohio State, with the Longhorns holding the momentum at the moment. But Ohio State will get its shot at swinging momentum in this recruitment in their favor when they host Winston this weekend.

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