After a disastrous 5-7 regular season, many college football programs would probably find it difficult to sell their particular “brand” to high school players looking to make a name for themselves with an eye on playing someday in the NFL.  At the University of Texas, the rebuilding program after a 5-7 dumpster fire of a season is well under way and head coach Steve Sarkisian seems to be steering the Longhorn Nation in the right direction.

Nationally, UT is currently ranked well within the top ten college programs for recruiting with the incoming 2022 signing class. Some of the signings were well anticipated and others have come as a bit of a surprise but for those in “the know” about high school football recruiting, there are always a few plot twists to keep things interesting. What is interesting is how December 15th as the national early signing day has replaced the old signing day in February as the growing trend to get players to put pen to paper and formally commit themselves to a program.  Rather than verbally going back and forth on commitments depending on how the wind blows (or which head coach is on the staff at that moment,) highly touted players are getting on the December 15th signing bandwagon to seal their deals with their respective future schools and give each college program a better snapshot of their incoming recruiting class sooner rather than later in the winter.

Steve Sarkisian already has built a strong rebuilding program for the Longhorns with the incoming 2022 signing class. Besides the QB recruits I discussed in my previous article, at the top of the rebuilding list is OT Kelvin Banks. As the number two OT prospect in the nation and a legitimate five-star player, the recruiting and signing of Banks will pay off dividends quickly in keeping QB’s healthy. In case you are wondering why an offensive tackle is so important to the offensive scheme, they block the edges from pass rushers and allow QB’s the time to throw. They can also seal edges on outside run plays and pick up linebackers shooting through gaps. Banks was the first Longhorns signature last Wednesday and the 6-5, 300 lb. lineman chose Texas over 24 other schools.  Another top-notch offensive line recruit who will be finding his way to Austin in Cole Hutson from Frisco. Hutson bring additional depth immediately to the Longhorns O-Line and the four-star recruit was the first lineman recruited under Steve Sarkisian.

A versatile offensive weapon lurking in the Longhorn 2022 recruiting class is wide receiver Savion Red. As a three-star recruit, the Grand Prairie hometown product produced over 3,523 all purpose yards and 39 TD’s during his high school career. Red looks to become an all-around weapon for Sarkisian and should make an impact quickly by the time summer drills are in full swing. One recruit that may have been overlooked is Lance St. Louis. Why haven’t you heard of this young football player? Well, he is a long snapper, and you only hear of long snappers when they mess up during a punt, extra point or field goal.  St. Louis is only the top-rated long snapper in the nation and the 6’1”, 215 pounder also was a center in high school.  St. Louis also has long snapper blood in him as his dad Brad St. Louis played ten seasons as a long snapper for the Cincinnati Bengals. In my next article I will take a look at the Longhorns’ defensive recruit signings.

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