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Texas coach Steve Sarkisian lands one commitment, plenty of buzz during big weekend

A Texas cheerleader runs onto the field with a giant Longhorns flag before a game between Texas and Kansas State in 2019. The Longhorns received a commitment from Anthony Jones, a three-star outside linebacker, over the weekend.

The Texas football program rolled out all the heavy artillery over the weekend — legends Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, Vince Young and Colt McCoy, to name a few — for new coach Steve Sarkisian.

It paid off with at least one commitment and plenty of social media buzz.

Anthony Jones, a three-star outside linebacker prospect from Henderson, Nev., announced Saturday that he had committed following his weekend visit. Jones (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) committed to Washington last December but then decommitted this February when Huskies defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski left for Texas.

“I have a really good relationship with coach K and I’ve heard a lot of really good things about coach Sark,” Jones told Horns247 in May. “I’ve been talking to him recently and I know he brought on a lot of coaches with a lot of experience. I’m pretty excited and it's a really good program.”

Jones is considered the 11th-best overall prospect in the state of Nevada, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He’s the 10th member of Texas' 2022 recruiting class currently ranked seventh nationally.

Meanwhile, Texas offensive coaches were busy feting quarterback Arch Manning, Archie’s grandson and a five-star prospect from New Orleans.

Social media went wild when photos of Manning’s arrival at UT hit the Internet. Manning, who's one of the nation’s top prospects in the 2023 cycle, is also considering Clemson and Alabama. He visited SMU last Thursday before coming to Austin, according to 247Sports.

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