4 Texas true freshmen impressing in Week 1 of spring ball

This class of true freshmen early enrollees for Texas football are already making a big impression on the staff in drills.
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Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian wrapped up their first official week of spring camp on March 25. The first team workout of spring ball took place on March 18, with the first day of spring practice the following day on March 19.

Which Texas football true freshmen have shined in the first four spring practices?

Since the first official day of spring drills on March 19, the Longhorns have made it through four practices. That includes the first day of full pads practice for the Longhorns, which included full contact and tackling drills, over the weekend on March 23.

Texas worked in full pads and full contact practice while hosting some big-time visiting recruits last weekend. It looked like the players were back in helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts for spring practice on March 25.

With one full week of spring ball in the books, there are plenty of takeaways and nuggets. One major talking point for the Longhorns throughout the first week of spring ball was how good the early enrollees have looked from the 2024 signing class.

Here are four of the most impressive true freshman early enrollees from the first week of spring camp for the Longhorns.



Alex January, DL

Multiple young defensive tackles have been competing for positioning among the second and third-team defenses in team drills early in spring practice in the last week. The two defensive tackles we've heard making the most progress up the depth chart early this spring are true freshman Alex January and junior Jaray Bledsoe.

The 6-foot-5 and 325-pound January has looked the part as the most impact-ready defensive tackle among the freshmen on campus for spring ball. He's showed off impressive power and pad leverage for a true freshman playing against the second and third-team Texas offensive linemen in team drills.

Orangebloods reported last weekend (subscriber content) that January has even passed up sophomore defensive lineman Sydir Mitchell in the pecking order for practice reps in the last few days. That's a good sign that January could get some early live-game reps in the interior defensive line rotation for Kenny Baker and the Longhorns this fall.

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