Texas’ 2021 recruiting class grew to 15 members on Monday when three-star tight end Gunnar Helm joined a group that ranks 12th in the nation and first in the Big 12. The Longhorns have yet to start building the 2022 class. Tom Herman and his staff held four commitments in the 2021 class by July of last year, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Longhorns began accepting commitments for 2022 while still working to finish the current class.
Who are Texas’ top offensive targets in the 2022 class? Here are five highly-ranked prospects the Longhorns hope to get on campus:
Quinn Ewers, QB, Southlake Carroll
FYI: 6-3, 195; five stars; No. 1-ranked player in 2022 class
No. of offers: 30
Ewers is the Longhorns’ top priority for 2022. He’s the top-ranked player in the entire cycle, according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. He would become the first quarterback to be the top player in the class since Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Nearly every major program in the country is after Ewers, including SEC powers and Oklahoma. He’s one of three quarterbacks in the 2022 class with a UT offer. He’s the only one from the state of Texas.
Jaydon Blue, RB, Klein Cain
FYI: 5-10, 205; four stars; No. 4-ranked running back
No. of offers: 26
The state is stacked with running backs in the 2022 cycle, and Blue might be the best. He’s the highest-ranked back in the state, beating out fellow offers Tavorus Jones and Jadarian Price. Blue is a national top-100 player and a future member of the Fabulous 55. The Longhorns must beat out programs like Alabama, Oklahoma and Georgia for him. Blue rushed for 1,612 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore. He was District 15-6A’s offensive newcomer of the year.
Caleb Burton, WR, Del Valle
FYI: 6-0, 165; five stars; No. 1-ranked wide receiver
No. of offers: 37
The nation’s top-ranked wide receiver resides in Texas’ backyard for the second time in the past three cycles. The Longhorns lost out to Ohio State for Lake Travis’ Garrett Wilson. Texas hopes it won’t lose Burton to an out-of-state powerhouse. Burton’s offer list includes the Buckeyes, Oklahoma, Stanford and the usual suspects in the SEC like Alabama and Georgia. He’s a two-time all-district selection with 83 catches for 1,491 yards and 18 touchdowns in his first two years on varsity.
Evan Stewart, WR, Frisco Liberty
FYI: 6-0, 175; five stars; No. 4-ranked wide receiver
No. of offers: 26
Stewart is also a five-star wide receiver prospect holding a Texas offer. The Longhorns hope to sign Burton and Stewart. Stewart caught 43 passes for 757 yards and seven touchdowns in his sophomore season. He also excels as a sprinter on the track team.
Devon Campbell, G, Arlington Bowie
FYI: 6-4, 265; five stars; No. 1-ranked guard
No. of offers: 25
Texas is missing out on its top offensive line targets in the 2021 class, at least for the moment, after five-star offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer and his twin brother James chose Alabama over the Longhorns. Herman can’t afford to lose the state’s top linemen to Alabama on a yearly basis if Texas hopes to ever compete alongside SEC champions in the College Football Playoffs. Cambell is the state’s best offensive line target in 2022. Texas is in great shape early.