Recruiting Round-Up 7/23-7/24/22 Texas adds key position.
Welcome to the newest edition of recruiting round-up! On tap today: The University of Texas rarely struggles on the recruiting trail nabbing top five to ten classes on a near-annual basis; this cycle does not appear to be any different as Texas currently sits at fourth in the recruiting rankings according to 247sports. They have addressed positions of need well in the last two cycles along the offensive line, the group that has been the Achilles heel for their team for a couple of years. The big thing for Texas moving forward will be the development of these young men, as the Longhorns did not have a player selected in the 2022 NFL draft and have not had an offensive player drafted in the first round since Vince Young back in 2006. Steve Sarkisian has a history of developing NFL talent and coaching at the next level. He will now need that expertise to translate down in Austin.
Four-Star Safety Joenel Aguero Commits to Georgia
Aguero is a 6' 190-pound safety from Lynn, MA. He has solid frame size, so he can add additional weight at the next level; he has excellent ball skills and can play corner at the next level. He is an excellent strong safety who has played some linebacker because he has good instincts and pursuit skills against the run. Hard hitter, high motor kid. He has tested very well in camps. Has great make-up speed and good angles—ideal for modern safety skills with coverage and run instincts.
Four-Star TE Walker Lyons Commits to Stanford
Lyons is listed at 6'4 230 pounds coming out of Folsom, CA. This young man looks to be the right guy to continue the advancement of TEs at Stanford, which has been a position of strength for several years now. He has a strong base as a blocker and moves people. As a receiver, he is a tough cover; he is too quick for linebackers and most safeties and has too big of a body for the smaller, quicker defensive backs. He will likely need to redshirt before contributing for the Cardinal, but he is a strong get for Shaw's squad, who is quietly having a good cycle on the trail.
Four-Star OT Payton Kirkland Commits to Texas
Kirkland was a highly sought-after OT from Orlando, FL, standing at a whopping 6'6 345 pounds. Payton had one of the odder recruitments of the cycle as it appeared he was heading to Norman for some time. Then began to trend towards Michigan State over the last six weeks or so. Alabama was also in contention for the talented young man at one point. However, it was Texas that did not make his top five that landed him. Oddly when prognosticators began to put in "crystal balls" that he would land at Texas, he quickly and swiftly ended those claims, then two days later became a Longhorn anyways. As a player on the field, Texas is getting a big young man who doesn't look big when he moves. Kirkland is quite athletic and can play guard or tackle as he has both athletic abilities and is a nasty finishing blocker in the run game. Texas has struggled on the OL for a few years, so this is quite an excellent get.
Four-Star OT Chase Bisontis Commits to Texas A&M
Not to be outdone by their rivals in Austin, the Aggies also added a blue-chip tackle over the weekend. Bisontis is listed at 6'5 290 pounds, and comes from Ramsey, NJ. He will likely play guard at the next level but could play right tackle. He is a physical run blocker and is great at run blocking and scraping to get to the second level. Chase is a good athlete, so that he would be tremendous as a pulling guard in space. He is a wrecking ball. Chase will put on more weight in a college program but has the size to play immediately if necessary at A&M.
Four-Star TE Tayvion Galloway Commits to LSU (2024)
Brian Kelly has gotten a head start on the 2024 class yet again, this time taking a blue-chip tight end from Buckeye country. Galloway is listed at 6'5 230 pounds. He also plays basketball for his high school in Chillicothe, OH. He plays both edge and TE for Chillicothe and is a natural. As an edge, he shows quality athleticism, tremendous bend, and quickness that help him get to the QB. As a pass catcher, he is a tough match-up; on film, he blows by the DBs in his classification and makes tough catches in zone and when bracketed. Soft hands and can get a lot of yards after the catch. Looks more like a wide receiver than TE in the passing game. Has yet to get an offer from Ohio State, which is something to watch out for.
Other Notables Commitments
Three-Star CB Quinten Ajiero Commits to Duke
Three-Star TE Saimone Davis Commits to BYU
Three-Star WR Nasir Addison Commits to Kentucky
Three-Star Edge Dillan Fontus Commits to Maryland
That's it for today's edition of recruiting round-up! Texas gets another key piece for their 2023 class, but can Steve Sarkisian get the job done when it comes to player development?