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

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KJ Lacey, QB (UT commit)

Texas's first commitment in the 2025 class, the highly touted Saraland (AL) four-star quarterback KJ Lacey, was engaged throughout the draft on social media as multiple Longhorns players heard their name called. On Day 1 of the draft, Lacey was impressed by Texas junior wide receiver Xavier Worthy going in the first round (28th overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs.

It has to be appealing to Lacey to be a part of an offense a couple of years down the line that has produced so much talent at the skill positions. Texas not only had three wideouts selected in the draft, but it also had a tight end and two running backs.

Lacey has been locked-in with his commitment to Texas as other competing programs on the recruiting trail (including Ole Miss and Oregon) have tried to chip away at his pledge in the last few months. These types of results with player development in the draft is something that does nothing but help Texas's case with keeping Lacey's commitment firm.

Andrew Marsh, WR

Among the top in-state priorities at wide receiver in the 2025 class, Fulshear (TX) Katy Jordan high-four-star Andrew Marsh is someone the Longhorns have impressed this offseason. He's visited the Forty Acres multiple times early this offseason, including on the week of the spring game.

Marsh also witnessed the incredible haul of wide receivers the Longhorns boasted in the 2024 draft in the last few days. Texas had three receivers picked in the 2024 draft, including two in the first two rounds.

Had junior wide receiver Adonai Mitchell not fallen down draft boards in the second round, Texas could've had two wideouts selected on Day 1.

After the draft concluded on April 27, Marsh said that he thinks Texas's player development "sets them apart" and "raises the bar to a new level".