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Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian is looking to land several key targets in what is expected to be an electric atmosphere at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday. 

Let's take a look at who will be attending this recruiting showcase by the Longhorns


Official Visitors

Jalen Hale - WR: Longview

Tausili Akana - EDGE: Sky Ridge

Duce Robinson - TE: Pinnacle

Notes:

4-star receiver Hale seems to lean heavily for the Longhorns over Alabama and Georgia, 247's Crystal Ball has him a Longhorn.

EDGE rusher Akana is a 4-star prospect that seems to have taken a recent lean towards Brent Venables Sooners. This is looking like a Red River Rivalry competition for his commitment. 

247 Composite 5-star tight end Robinson is red hot for Lincoln Riley's Trojans with Georgia running feverishly behind, but the Longhorns are hoping the atmosphere in Austin and peers help get the Longhorns back into Robinson's favor.


Unofficial Visitors (Class of 2023)

  • S'Maje Burrell - LB: North Crowley
  • Ander Cojoe - OL: Timberview
  • Markis Deal - DL: Naaman Forest
  • Trevor Goosby - OL: Melissa
  • Derion Gullette - LB: Teague 
  • Mikal Harrison-Pilot - ATH: Temple 
  • Jamel Johnson - S: Arlington Seguin
  • Ryan Niblett - WR: Aldine Eisenhower
  • Connor Stroh - OL: Frisco Wakeland

Notes:

All are hard commits for the Longhorns except for Markis Deal and Mikal Harrison-Pilot. 

There are conflicting reports if Deal will be in Austin for the visit, and his appearance or lack thereof might be telling where the 4-star lineman is leaning. 

Deal has visited Southern Cal, TCU, Georgia, and Arkansas with Texas and Oklahoma still receiving interest from Deal. 

Harrison-Pilot being a 4-star athlete, primarily a safety, is starting to lean strong for Houston and this unofficial visit might be a sign he is warming a bit for the Longhorns or testing his favor for Houston. 


Unofficial Visitors - Class of 2024

Jaden Allen – CB: Aledo

Daniel Cruz – OL: Richland

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  • Ka’Davion Dotson – S: Duncanville
  • 'Corian Gipson – S: Lancaster
  • Micah Hudson – WR: Lake Belton
  • Bryan Jackson – RB: McKinney
  • David Kabongo – S: Trophy Club Byron Nelson
  • Parker Livingstone – WR: Lovejoy
  • Drelon Miller – ATH: Silsbee
  • Caleb Mitchell Irving – DL: Parish Episcopal
  • Hunter Moddon – WR: Clear Lake
  • Trey Owens – QB: Cy-Fair
  • James Peoples – RB: San Antonio Veterans Memorial
  • Payton Pierce – LB: Lovejoy
  • Colin Simmons – EDGE: Duncanville
  • Zina Umeozulu – EDGE: Allen
  • Ory Williams – OL: San Marcos

Notes:

Composite 5-star wide receiver Micah Hudson is rated the No.1 prospect in the state of Texas in 2024, will be seen as a priority for Sarkisian. 

Hudson is already seeing significant activity from Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State. 

With how Sarkisian plays offensively and how wide receivers Xavier Worthy, Jordan Whittington, Ja'Tavion Sanders, and Casey Cain it will be interesting to see if that gives the Longhorns an advantage with Hudson. 

The No. 2 state prospect and LSU commit and 5-star EDGE rusher Colin Simmons will be another priority for the Longhorns to see if this atmosphere can help flip Simmons from their future SEC rival.

No. 5 state prospect and 4-star EDGE rusher Zina Umeozulu is already seeing significant attention from Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding in recruitment. 

Umeozulu is also being heavily pursued by Arkansas, Florida State, and Michigan State.


Unofficial Visitors - Classes 2025 & 2026

2025

  • Davon Mitchell – TE: Allen
  • Landon Rink – DL: Cy-Fair
  • Riley Wormley – RB: Colleyville Heritage

2026

  • Kaydon Finley – ATH: Aledo

Notes:

The highlight in this group is Class of 2025 tight end Davon Mitchell. 

Mitchell, who is a 4-star tight end out of Allen, Texas, is already seeing heavy interest from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

He will be seen as a priority and between now and 2025, Mitchell most likely will be at a 5-star level.