5 key recruits impressed by Texas's historic NFL Draft haul

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Texas football set a program record with 11 players selected in the first six rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft. In the last few days, Texas saw all 11 of its 2024 NFL Combine invitees selected in the 2024 draft.

Texas football impressed top recruiting targets in the 2025 and 2026 classes with their results in the 2024 NFL Draft

The other two players head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns graduated this year, outside linebacker Jett Bush and punter Ryan Sanborn, also signed undrafted free agent deals in the hours following the conclusion of the 2024 draft.

All told, this was an insane showing that highlights the elevated player development and is a byproduct of more success on the field for the Longhorns under Sarkisian in the last few years. Texas is no longer the underachieving program that struggles to put players in the NFL Draft that it was in the prior decade under former head coaches Tom Herman and Charlie Strong.

These results for the Longhorns in the NFL Draft has reverberations with high school recruiting and the transfer portal. Being able to sell this level of player development for the NFL Draft is a big-time selling point on the recruiting trail to to blue-chip prospects.

Here are five key recruits impressed by the Longhorns' showing in the NFL Draft this week.

Michael Fasusi, OT

Texas's top in-state offensive tackle priority in the 2025 class, the elite Lewisville (TX) five-star Michael Fasusi, is the target Kyle Flood is looking at to be that next great OT on the 40. Flood and the Longhorns have recruited and developed offensive line talent at an elite level in the last few years.

In the 2024 draft, the Longhorns snapped a three-year OL drought with senior offensive tackle Christian Jones going to the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round.

The Longhorns also have a projected top-10 pick in the 2025 NFL Draft, junior offensive tackle Kelvin Banks Jr.

The improved player development at Texas has caught Fasusi's attention in the last couple of years. He told Inside Texas this weekend (paid content) that he "loves" the development Texas has built for the NFL Draft in the last couple of years.