Where Texas football stands with top priority 2025 recruits

After National Signing Day wrapped up the 2024 recruiting class earlier this week, the 2025 cycle has come into full focus for Texas football in early February.

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Riley Pettijohn, LB

The clear-cut top priority at linebacker in the 2025 class for the Longhorns is the elite McKinney (TX) five-star Riley Pettijohn. Texas has recently generated some buzz in this recruitment after Pettijohn had a successful visit to Austin for Junior Day on Jan. 20.

Pettijohn made an instant connection with new Texas co-DC/LB coach Johnny Nansen during his Junior Day trip a few weeks ago. He likes what he's seen from Nansen and how he could fit along the defensive front for Texas.

Pettijohn is likely going to visit Georgia and Ohio State during the spring. He's also made multiple trips to Auburn and Texas A&M since last offseason.

Jonah Williams, S/ATH

Oklahoma has emerged as the school trending for the elite five-star Galveston (TX) Ball safety/athlete Jonah Williams early this offseason. Head coach Brent Venables has a great relationship with Williams and the Sooners knocked it out of the park during his trip to Norman for their Junior Day a couple of weeks ago.

Texas and Oregon have remained in pursuit of Williams on the recruiting trail in the last couple of months. But the Longhorns and Ducks have their work cut out for them in this recruitment with the momentum that Oklahoma has generated entering the spring.

Dorian Brew, CB

Texas has made up a ton of ground early this offseason with the elite five-star Conroe (TX) cornerback Dorian Brew. The Longhorns made a big enough impression on Brew during his Junior Day trip to Austin a few weeks ago that he pushed back his late-January decision date.

Ohio State was considered the heavy favorite for Brew's commitment had he not canceled his Jan. 24 announcement following the Junior Day trip to Texas on Jan. 20.

We wrote a piece on the site earlier this week detailing the recent reports of Texas becoming the "school trending" for Brew in early February. Texas will have to fend off a big recent push from USC in this recruitment. But the Longhorns are in a great spot for the No. 2 cornerback recruit in-state in the 2025 class early this offseason.