3 elite 2025 recruits Texas can land in May

Texas is potentially gaining some real momentum on the recruiting trail in the 2025 class entering the summer.
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A few weeks ago, spring visits concluded for Texas football after the spring football game at DKR on April 20. Texas hosted some of its top priority recruits in the 2025 and 2026 classes during spring practice in March and April.

Texas football lining up a big group of official visitors entering June

While there were plenty of big-name recruits on campus for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns staff during the spring, the purpose of most of those visits was to set the stage for summer official visits. We know well and good at this point of Sarkisian's tenure in Year 4 in Austin that he likes to really get the ball rolling regarding getting commitments on the recruiting trail during the summer.

The thought is that the Longhorns can get most of the key pieces in place among priority targets in each recruiting class before the start of the football season in the fall. That allows the coaching staff to focus more on what's transpiring on the field during the fall than on efforts on the recruiting trail.

Nonetheless, Texas did get two key commitments in the 2025 class during spring practice. Former four-star SMU Mustangs commit and Tyler (TX) Chapel Hill running back Rickey Stewart gave his pledge to the Longhorns on April 6.

High-four-star Dallas (TX) Skyline linebacker Elijah "Bo" Barnes was the other blue-chip recruit to commit to the Longhorns in the 2025 class during the spring. He committed to Texas on April 12 amid a big visit week on the Forty Acres.

Here are three top blue-chip targets on the recruiting trail that the Longhorns can land in the 2025 class in May.

James Simon, RB

Texas is the trendy pick late this spring for the touted four-star Shreveport (LA) Calvary Baptist running back James Simon. The communication has really heated up between Simon and the Texas coaches, namely Sarkisia and running backs coach Tashard Choice, in the last couple of months.

Simon is scheduled to officially visit Texas on the weekend of June 21. But this recruitment might not even go that far if Texas can convince Simon to move up his decision timeline to before the end of May.

Tom Loy of 247Sports reported on May 6 (paid content) that he likes the "Longhorns to get this one done in the not-so-distant future".

It could be only a matter of time before the Longhorns are able to secure their second running back commit in the 2025 class, joining Stewart.