Texas Football: 10 key recruits impressed by UT's Junior Day

Among a group of over a few dozen visiting recruits from the next few classes were some big-time targets that Texas football really impressed during Junior Day on Jan. 20.

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Riley Pettijohn, LB

One of the top in-state linebacker priorities for the Longhorns in the 2025 class, McKinney (TX) five-star Riley Pettijohn, made his first visit to Texas for Junior Day since last fall. Pettijohn already had a positive view of the Longhorns before he visited for Junior Day this weekend.

He left the Forty Acres with an even more positive impression of Texas after spending time with new co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Johnny Nansen on Jan. 20.

Pettijohn told Horns247 that he "likes the direction" the Texas program is trending under Sarkisian and his staff.

Texas will continue to primarily battle the Florida State Seminoles, USC, and Texas A&M in the race to land Pettijohn's commitment this offseason.

Nick Townsend, TE

The highly touted four-star Spring (TX) Dekaney tight end Nick Townsend is a target to watch for Banks and the Longhorns in the 2025 class. Since the 2025 class is expected to see the Longhorns take two tight ends, Townsend is a notable target for this cycle that Banks has spent a good amount of time recruiting in the last few months.

That's why this visit was an important one, as it was Townsend's first trip to Austin since Texas offered him in early December. He spent ample time with Banks learning about what plan the Longhorns have for him in Sarkisian's offense.

Townsend loves the potential he has playing in this offense with all the 12 personnel looks Sarkisian utilizes.

Texas made about as good of an impression as possible on Townsend during his trip to campus for Junior Day.

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