3 takeaways from Day 2 of Texas spring practice

The first couple of spring practices for Texas football have seen multiple true freshmen standout and some position groups shine with their talent and depth.

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It's a busy time on the Forty Acres this week, between March Madness and the start of spring camp for the Texas football program. Texas had its first spring practice on March 19.

This week of spring practice is more about shaking the rust off and getting in a rhythm in individual and team drills. Texas's players have on the shorts, shoulder pads, and helmets this week. But it won't be long until the Longhorns put the full pads on to get more physical in practice.

Texas football completes Day 2 of spring practice late this week

There's a lot to be excited about for the Longhorns coming out of the first few spring practices. One takeaway that you can't get away from in the first week is how good the true freshman early enrollees look this week.

Sarkisian and the Longhorns staff signed an insanely deep freshman class that is looking even better than advertised early this offseason. That says a lot given that Sarkisian and staff signed a top-five ranked recruiting class in the nation in 2024.

Here are three takeaways after Day 2 of spring practice for the Longhorns.

Alex January ready to make an early impact

One of the true freshman early enrollees who is making a big first impression at the outset of spring ball for the Longhorns is the former four-star Duncanville defensive lineman recruit Alex January. The big 6-foot-5 and 325-pound defensive tackle is giving new DL coach Kenny Baker and the Longhorns staff something to think about when building out the depth chart for this upcoming season.

January arrived on campus for the spring semester with the size and fundamental skill set to compete in the trenches in the Power Five as a freshman. He was the most polished and powerful defensive tackle among the players in this defensive front who signed with the Longhorns and enrolled early in the 2024 class.

Inside Texas reported on March 22 (paid content) that January is moving well and is "off to a promising start" to spring practice this week. January has lived up to expectations and more for the Longhorns early this spring.

If January can continue to show out in a big way when the Longhorns put the pads on for spring practice in a couple of weeks, he'll really challenge for a spot in the IDL rotation this fall.