Texas Basketball: 3 immediate impact early signees in UT's 2024 class

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Including the recent three-star commitment and three-star Hallsville (TX) shooting guard/small forward Anthon McDermott, Texas basketball has four pledges in the 2024 recruiting class. Texas and head coach Rodney Terry have signed a fantastic recruiting class for the 2024 cycle.

All three recruits committed to the Longhorns in the 2024 class who pledged before December have signed on the dotted line during the Early Signing Period.

Texas basketball will immediately upgrade the lineup next year via the 2024 signing class

According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2024 Texas recruiting class ranks fifth nationally and third in the SEC behind the Kentucky Wildcats and Mizzou Tigers. Texas's 2024 class also ranks among the elite of the elite in the nation, possessing the second-highest average commitment ranking for this cycle in the 247Sports Composite.

This was huge for Terry and the Longhorns staff to sign such an esteemed class for 2024 after the 2023 class fractured near the end of the cycle, losing five-stars Ron Holland and AJ Johnson. Texas has recovered by signing two five-stars in the 2024 class and the No. 1 ranked recruit in Texas in the 247Sports Composite.

Here are the three immediate impact early signees for the Longhorns in the 2024 class.

Nic Codie, PF

Terry and assistant coach Brandon Chappell did a great job in this recruitment, landing the commitment of the high-four-star Carrollton (TX) Newman Smith power forward Nic Codie over the Houston Cougars and TCU Horned Frogs. The No. 1 recruit in Texas in the 2024 class in the 247Sports Composite is a potential multi-year starter at the four for the Longhorns.

Codie brings good length (at 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan), tremendous athletic upside, and great fluidity on both ends of the floor. He can run the floor well in transition and utilizes his length well to control the boards.

On the offensive end, Codie is a good finisher around the rim, especially with lobs. Codie has the potential to be a versatile scoring threat within 12-to-16 feet of the basket as he improves his ball-handling skills and adds mass to his frame. He's only around 200 pounds right now, so he needs to add at least 20 or 25 more pounds of muscle mass before he can consistently compete in the paint.

Thanks to the combination of length and verticality, Codie is a proficient one-on-one defender and rim protector. He's pretty disruptive on the defensive end of the floor, utilizing his length to get into passing lanes and knock shots off their trajectory.

While Codie probably won't be an immediate starter for the Longhorns, who could return junior power forward Ze'Rik Onyema, redshirt junior center Kadin Shedrick, and freshman forward Devon Pryor, next season, he still projects to be a key piece in the frontcourt rotation as a true freshman. If he can add the necessary weight to his frame, Codie will compete for more playing time next season at Texas.