A couple of weeks ago, Texas football began the winter strength and conditioning program for the 2024 offseason. Winter workouts are viewed by many as the first major marker of the start of the offseason.
Strength and conditioning coach Torre Becton and the Longhorns welcomed nearly two dozen new enrollees in the program for winter workouts to kick off the spring semester. Most of the new enrollees Texas welcomed to campus this semester are early enrollees from the high school signees in the Longhorns 2024 class.
Early enrollees making an instant impression for Texas football in winter workouts
The first week or two of winter workouts gave the new Longhorns on campus this semester a chance to get up to speed in the weight room and on the practice field. But the next few weeks will ratchet up the intensity as the staff looks to get the players in the best shape entering spring ball next month.
Winter workouts also provides an early glimpse at the new enrollees who could emerge as future leaders within the program, as well as those capable of potentially making an immediate impact for the upcoming season.
Here's a look at three early enrollees for the Longhorns who have stood out early in winter workouts.
Trey Owens, QB
Texas only signed one quarterback from the high school ranks in the 2024 class, Cypress (TX) Cy-Fair four-star Trey Owens. Sarkisian and QB coach AJ Milwee liked the natural arm talent, confidence, and composure that Owens brings. He has long-term upside as a big-arm pocket QB that can make all the throws in Sarkisian's offense.
Another plus to Texas landing Owens was how he rallied the troops as a leading voice in the 2024 class. Owens has always been a vocal supporter and a group leader for his fellow high school recruits in the 2024 class.
And it sounds like Owens has continued to make his voice heard in a positive sense while getting down to work right away in winter workouts. Horns247 reported on Feb. 1 (paid content) that Owens is one of the newcomers that has impressed the staff immediately early this offseason.
A team source reportedly said that they "love his demeanor" when discussing the impression Owens has made on the staff and those in and around the program in the last few weeks.
It's critical for Texas to have these rallying voices among the true freshman early enrollees, such as Owens, to usher in this new group of touted players in the program. Texas had a record-breaking 17 early enrollees among the early high school signees in the 2024 class.
Owens seems to be already showing the traits to be a leader for this big group of true freshmen early enrollees entering the spring.