Texas football extended numerous offers to rising targets in the 2025 and 2026 recruiting classes early this offseason. Head coach Steve Sarkisian and staff have been busy on the road in the last few weeks, visiting top targets and new offers on the recruiting trail.
An out-of-state defensive back to watch in the 2026 class that was recently offered by the Longhorns is rising Jacksonville (FL) The Bolles School safety Simeon Caldwell.
Texas football offer captures the attention of 2026 Florida DB Simeon Caldwell
Texas offered the 6-foot-3 and 185-pound Caldwell on Jan. 29.
Caldwell's recruitment has really heated up early this offseason. In the last few weeks, he's received multiple Power Five offers, including the Ohio State Buckeyes, West Virginia Mountaineers, Maryland Terrapins, and Texas.
Texas and Ohio State are two out-of-state programs that caught Caldwell's attention with their recent offers. On3's Chad Simmons reported on Feb. 11 (paid content) that Texas, Ohio State, and the Georgia Bulldogs are three out-of-state programs he wants to visit this offseason.
Caldwell specifically mentioned spring ball for when he wants to take those visits in the coming months.
Caldwell has SEC size and versatility at the safety position
From a physical perspective, Caldwell checks many of the boxes that the Longhorns want from the ideal big safety prospect that fits that SEC mould. Caldwell also has the speed, agility, and scheme versatility to play multiple positions on the defensive side of the ball.
He plays linebacker and as a hybrid safety for The Bolles School.
Safeties coach Blake Gideon is the primary recruiter in contact with Caldwell since Texas extended him the offer a couple of weeks ago. The Longhorns are evaluating at Caldwell as a potential fit as a hybrid safety who can be like a chess piece for Pete Kwiatkowski's defense.
Out-of-state offers commanding attention in the 2026 class for Texas
The 2026 class has a heavy emphasis on out-of-state targets on the recruiting trail at defensive back. It's too early to tell how the in-state class of defensive backs in the 2026 class will ultimately shake out.
But many of the early identified top-tier defensive back recruits in the 2026 class hail from the Southeast.
As Texas embarks on its first year of competition in the SEC in 2024, these out-of-state defensive back recruitments in the Southeast will be critical for the Longhorns to win.