Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian signed one of the best recruiting classes we've seen from this coaching staff in Austin for the 2024 cycle. Sark and staff signed a top-three-ranked recruiting class nationally (among high school recruits) for the second-straight cycle, per the 247Sports Team Recruit Rankings.
This class is not just about star chasing for the Longhorns. Texas did so well constructing this recruiting class that addresses multiple positional needs and adds elite talent on both sides of the ball. There are multiple position groups where Texas signed the best class in the last decade for this program (i.e., edge rusher and defensive back).
Texas football adds elite talent to multiple positions in the 2024 class
Another noteworthy part of this class is the fact that 18 of the 23 high school signees for the Longhorns will be early enrollees. That is the largest number and highest proportion of early enrollees among high school recruits from any cycle I've seen the Longhorns get, going back over a decade on the recruting trail.
The combination of elite talent at key positions, depth across the board, and a large number of early enrollees makes this such a big accomplishment on the recruiting trail for the Longhorns upon joining the SEC in 2024.
While there are so many highly-rated blue-chip signees in this class for the Longhorns, there are also some underrated recruits who deserve more attention. Here are three of the most underrated signees from the high school ranks in the Longhorns 2024 class.
Christian Clark, RB
The lowest-rated of the two running back signees for the Longhorns in the 2024 class could actually wind up being the more versatile and impactful in the long run. Four-star Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe running back Christian Clark is a powerful and elusive runner with good field vision and a high football IQ.
Clark has a great feel for where the hole is opening up and the right time to explode through it for big gains on the ground. He also possesses a tremendous one-cut ability and that false step juke to make opposing defenders miss in the open field.
When he gets a defender one-on-one in the open field, Clark makes them miss more often than not thanks to his elusiveness and good speed in change of direction.
Clark doesn't possess elite straight-line speed, but he has the quickness and acceleration required to get to the second level of the defense quickly and generate big plays.
As a receiver out of the backfield, Clark can be impactful as he displays good hands and a mature understanding of different route concepts.
Clark has the skill set to be a reliable weapon out of the backfield on the ground and in the receiving game. He also displays the characteristics of a developing force as a blocker, especially in pass pro. Clark needs to put on a bit more mass and continue to develop his feel for different blocking concepts to truly become a consistent force in pass pro and run blocking. But the signs are there he could be an impactful blocker at the collegiate level.