3 true freshmen to watch in Texas's spring game

Who will win the day for Texas among the early enrollees for the spring game this weekend?
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We're under 24 hours away from the start of the annual Orange-White spring football game at DKR for Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian. Texas will take to the field for the spring game at DKR on April 20 at 1 p.m. CT for some type of live-game action for the first time since last fall.

Over a dozen true freshmen early enrollees will suit up for Texas football in the spring game

As long as the weather holds, the Longhorns will wrap up spring ball with one final scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.

This is a good opportunity for the fans to not only gauge the progress of key returning players on both sides of the ball this spring, but to also see the new additions to the program for the first time live at DKR. And this group of new enrollees for this spring camp is bigger and more talented than any other year for Sarkisian and staff in four spring games at Texas.

Sarkisian and the Longhorns had a record-breaking number of early enrollees from the high school ranks in the 2024 class for the spring semester. Texas also had all but one of its seven portal additions during the winter signing period enroll early this spring.

True freshman early enrollees making waves was a big part of spring ball for the Longhorns. Texas has seen multiple early-impact freshmen on both sides of the ball step up and earn key reps on the two-deep in practice this spring camp.

Here are three true freshmen to watch in the spring game for the Longhorns this weekend.

Colin Simmons, EDGE

Texas's highest rated signee in the 2024 class on the defensive side of the ball, freshman edge rusher Colin Simmons, looked the part of a former five-star recruit in team drills and the scrimmages this spring. Simmons will get to show what he can do in front of the fans at DKR in a Texas uniform for the first time as a pass rusher this weekend.

The hype has been real for Simmons this spring. Sophomore linebacker Anthony Hill Jr. said that he sees some of himself in Simmons during a press conference a couple of weeks ago.

Senior edge rusher Barryn Sorrell also said that Simmons is "going to be a very good player for us" during media availability this week.

It's a big deal to hear all these returning starters for the Longhorns praising Simmons during spring practice. He's getting the type of hype on the defensive side of the ball for Texas like Hill did last year in camp or offensive tackle Kelvin Banks Jr. did during preseason camp two years ago.