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Humble Atascocita offensive tackle Kam Dewberry is a potential five-star prospect in the 2022 class. (Mike Craven)

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The Dotted Line: An early look at Texas’ 2022 offensive offers

Posted March 9th, 2020

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Early offers are the best indication of how a coaching staff views the next recruiting cycle. Texas prefers to keep offer numbers low, especially early. Only 29 juniors-to-be hold UT offers heading into the spring evaluation period. If history holds, the Longhorns will begin adding commitments to the 2022 class by the start of the 2020 season. Five of Texas’ six pledges in the 2021 class committed before the start of their junior seasons.

Ten in-state offers are currently out on the offensive side of the ball. These are the players Texas places on top of the recruiting board in the 2022 cycle. We’ll look at the defensive side on Tuesday.

Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers is Texas’ top target for the 2022 recruiting cycle. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

Quarterbacks

Offers: 1 — Quinn Ewers, Southlake Carroll

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Ewers is the state’s top quarterback prospect for the 2022 cycle after an outstanding sophomore season. The 6-3, 195-pound prospect will likely be a high four-star when the 2022 rankings are released. Ewers led Southlake Carroll to the state semifinals, earning District 5-6A MVP honors. He threw for 3,998 yards and 45 touchdowns to just three interceptions, adding 583 yards and nine touchdowns as a runner.

Texas’ ideal plan is to sign two quarterbacks in 2021 and then add Ewers in 2022. 

Running backs

Offers: 3 — Emeka Megwa, Fort Worth Nolan Catholic; Jadarian Price, Denison; Jaydon Blue, Klein Cain

Running back should be a priority in 2022 for a myriad reasons. Fans must assume five-star signee Bijan Robinson is a three-year rental before departing to the NFL if the Arizona native is as good as advertised. Keaontay Ingram will also be gone by 2022. The status of 2019 signee Derrian Brown is still unclear after undergoing brain surgery as a high school senior. 

The talent within the state is better in 2022 than it is in the 2021 cycle. Houston Cypress-Fairbanks four-star LJ Johnson and three star Jonathon Brooks from Hallettsville are the current UT priorities in 2021. There won’t be a five-star running back in the state in 2021, but Megwa might be ranked a five-star in 2022. He’s a physical freak with incredible measurables and production. Price and Blue will be four-star prospects. 

Wide receivers

Offers: 2 — Armani Winfield, Lewisville; Caleb Brown, Del Valle

One of the two 2022 wide receivers to hold a UT offer goes to school within 20 miles of the Texas campus. Brown is an elite prospect from Del Valle with big-play ability and a 6-foot, 165-pound frame. The future four-star prospect was a second-team all-district selection as a freshman and a first-team all-district selection in 2019 as a sophomore. He has already recorded 83 catches for 1,491 yards and 18 touchdowns on the varsity level despite not yet reaching the playoffs. 

Winfield is the early favorite to become the highest-rated receiver in the state. The 6-2, 180-pound prospect possesses a rare blend of size and athleticism. He’s also a natural pass catcher with two years of varsity experience entering his junior season. He was the District 6-6A newcomer of the year as a freshman and a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore. 

Tight ends

Offers: 1 — Donovan Green, Dickinson

Green is the only 2022 tight end to hold a Longhorns offer. The 6-4, 210-pound athlete already holds 22 offers, including one from Alabama. He caught 34 passes for 615 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore. Tight ends are increasingly hard to find as prep programs continue to evolve towards spread offenses built on air-raid principles. Green is a legit tight end who should be a top-10 prospect in the state by the end of the 2022 cycle. 

Offensive linemen

Offers: 3 — Kam Dewberry, Humble Atascocita; Kelvin Banks, Humble Summer Creek; Devon Campbell, Arlington Bowie

The Longhorns hope to land a handful of elite offensive line prospects in 2021. The state is loaded in the current cycle with players like Tommy and James Brockermeyer, Bryce Foster and Savion Byrd. The importance, and size, of the 2022 offensive line class hinges on Texas’ success in 2021.

Offensive line is always a priority, but it will take a back seat to other position groups if the Longhorns can land their targets in 2021. 

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