Texas football: 2024 signees who will have the biggest impact as freshmen

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Texas football signed another elite class for the 2024 recruiting cycle during the Early Signing Period on Dec. 20. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian signed 22 high school recruits in the 2024 class on the first signing day. Both portal commitments also signed on the dotted line for Texas on Dec. 20.

Every single high school recruit who is currently committed to the Longhorns in the 2024 class as of the second day of the Early Signing Period has already signed their letter of intent. The same is true for the two aforementioned portal commits for the Longhorns in the December window.

Sark and the Longhorns staff were able to sign another top-five-ranked recruiting class nationally for the 2024 cycle. According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, Texas's 2024 recruiting class ranks fifth nationally and third in the SEC behind the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs.

Texas football adds multiple early-impact signees in the 2024 class

Among the 22 high school recruits committed to the Longhorns in the 2024 class are 19 blue-chips. Texas had the highest blue-chip ratio signed to its class in the nation after the first signing day. Four of the 19 blue-chips are five-star recruits. Georgia and the Ohio State Buckeyes are the only two other programs with over three five-star signees in their 2024 classes, putting the Longhorns in truly elite company again on the recruiting trail.

Texas will set over half of its 2024 class enroll early for the spring semester. This class will yield multiple immediate impact true freshmen for the Longhorns heading into the first year for Texas in the SEC in 2024.

Here are five early signees for the Longhorns who will make an immediate impact as true freshmen.

Honorable mention: Michael Kern, P

Three-star Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas punter Michael Kern is coming into a potentially advantageous situation to get an immediate starting role on special teams at Texas. Kern could start at punter immediately for special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks and the Longhorns.

Redshirt senior punter Ryan Sanborn exhausts his eligibility after this season, opening the door for Kern to earn that job in 2024.

Kern is a quality punter who averaged over 46 yards per punt during his senior season at St. Thomas Aquinas and ranks as the No. 4 punter nationally in the 2024 class in the 247Sports Composite.