5 key recruits impressed by Texas's spring game this weekend

Texas has its final big visit weekend with spring ball wrapping up on April 20.
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The Orange-White spring football game saw Texas football host multiple key visiting recruits from the 2025 and 2026 classes this weekend. While state track meets kept this weekend for the spring game from being a huge visitor list, there were still some key recruits on campus who could wind up committing to Texas in the 2025 or 2026 class at some point.

Texas football hosts key targets on the recruiting trail during an exciting spring game weekend

It's also noteworthy that it wasn't just high school recruits that head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns staff were hosting this weekend for visits to Austin. Texas also hosted a handful of key portal targets for multi-day visits during the spring game this weekend.

Former Arizona Wildcats senior defensive tackle Bill Norton and UCLA Bruins senior defensive tackle Jay Toia both arrived for multi-day visits to Texas at least 24 hours before the spring game, which took place on April 20.

Texas is looking to have some serious momentum on the recruiting trail in the 2025 class before summer official visits begin in a couple of months. After landing a couple of key commitments in the 2025 class in the last few weeks, Texas is in a good spot to put together another impressive class for this 2025 cycle when summer official visits begin in early June.

Here are five key visiting recruits impressed by the Longhorns spring game this weekend.

John Turntine III, OT

The highest-rated visiting recruit Texas hosting from the 2026 class for the spring game this weekend was the elite five-star Fort Worth (TX) North Crowley offensive tackle John Turntine III. The No. 1 rated recruit in Texas in the 2026 class in the On3 Industry Ranking made his first unofficial trip to Texas for the spring game this weekend since the first big Junior Day of the offseason on Jan. 20.

Turntine had another successful trip to Austin this weekend. Horns247 reported on April 20 (paid content) that Turntine always loves his time in Austin. Texas continues to show him how much of a priority he is for them among the top offensive line priorities in the 2026 class.

These successful visits for Turntine at Texas add up. We feel good about Texas's positioning early in this recruitment for one of the top prospects from this state in the 2026 class.

The Texas A&M Aggies are also an early contender in this recruitment after the elite OT recruit had multiple successful unofficial visits to College Station since last fall.