Predicting Texas's next commit after 5-Star QB Dia Bell

Texas picked up a big-time 2026 commitment as a bedrock for that cycle, 5-Star QB Dia Bell.
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Texas football landed its top priority quarterback recruit in the 2026 class on June 17, the elite five-star Fort Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage signal-caller Dia Bell. The No. 2 quarterback recruit in the nation in the 2026 class in the 247Sports Composite committed to Texas over other top schools like the Florida State Seminoles, Penn State Nittany Lions, Ohio State Buckeyes, and LSU Tigers early this week.

Momentum is in full swing for Texas football for 2025 and 2026 recruiting this June

Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns keep stockpiling elite quarterback talent on the recruiting trail well into the future. Texas has landed at least one blue-chip quarterback commitment in five straight recruiting classes, going back to 2022 with four-star Maalik Murphy.

June has become a hot time on the recruiting trail for Texas's quarterback recruiting efforts to build out their classes on the offensive side of the ball. Texas landed Arch Manning, 2025 four-star KJ Lacey, and Bell all during the month of June in the last few offseasons.

Bell is the second blue-chip recruit to commit to the Longhorns in the 2026 class, joining four-star running back Raycine Guillory Jr. Texas now has the ball rolling for momentum in the 2025 and 2026 cycles amid summer visits in June.

Here's a prediction of the next recruit to commit to the Longhorns in the 2025 or 2026 class after Bell gave his pledge on June 17.

Riley Pettijohn, LB

Elite McKinney (TX) high-four-star linebacker Riley Pettijohn was one of the bigger Texas leans among the official visitors on campus last weekend from the class of 2025. Pettijohn has fantastic relationships with the Texas defensive staff. He's really hit it off with new Texas co-DC/LB coach Johnny Nansen since he was hired to replace Jeff Choate early this offseason.

Texas is the frontrunner in the race to land Pettijohn's commitment early this summer. He's taken three out of four official visits, including to see Ohio State (May 31), USC (June 7), and Texas (June 14).

Texas A&M is the only official visit that remains for Pettijohn this summer, beginning on June 21. Assuming Texas A&M doesn't pull off something magical during Pettijohn's trip to College Station next weekend, I have confidence that Texas will be the pick this summer.