It's the most wonderful time of the year—especially for Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian, who helped his team to the fifth-best recruiting class in the nation as the Longhorns signed more than two dozen players for National Signing Day on Wednesday.
Sark will finally have the ball in his court for the first time after a not-so-great 2021 season, which saw the first-year coach grapple with a six-game losing streak in 2021.
Eager to redeem the team's reputation, Longhorn recruiters successfully flipped three high-profile athletes from other schools on Signing Day and stacked the roster with five- and four- star recruits. Two recruits, Conner Robertson and Ethan Burke, are Austin natives from suburb Westlake High School.
Here's a look at the players who signed for '22:
The Longhorns may have fumbled former five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers after head coach Tom Herman was fired last season, but the former No. 1 QB of the class of 2022 is now safely back in Texas.
Ewers originally committed to the Longhorns but flipped for Ohio State, spending a season there before becoming the first Texas signee announced early Wednesday morning.
Kelvin Banks Jr.
Arguably even more crucial—and hard-fought—than Ewers, Banks was the No. 2 offensive tackle prospect and No. 15 overall prospect in the country this year. The Humble, Texas, native visited Oregon, LSU, and Texas A&M and even committed to Oklahoma State University before choosing to stay in his home state. He rebuffed 24 other offers in choosing the Longhorns.
Austin native Connor Robertson, a Westlake High student, will likely play center for the Longhorns—after he helps his current team to a hopeful state championship this Saturday.
Another product of Westlake High, Burke will compete in the state championships with teammate Robertson before switching to burnt orange as an edge rusher for the Longhorns. Originally a Maryland and Michigan commit, Burke swapped both schools and sports: he was once looking to play college lacrosse.
Coming in alongside Ewers is quarterback Maalik Murphy, the No. 11 QB prospect in California and No. 11 quarterback in the country who just wrapped up a state championship win with his high school last weekend.
Murphy chose Texas after a long relationship with the school and Sarkisian himself. He chose the Longhorns over 30 other schools.
It's been a year since Bledsoe played a game per UIL rules after his transfer from 2A Texas school Bremond, but the defensive lineman managed to impress enough his junior year with over 100 tackles and 1,000+ rushing yards.
He's the 21st DL pick in the country and a four-star recruit overall.
The former Texas 5A Defensive Newcomer of the Year, safety BJ Allen was described as a "potential early-round NFL Draft pick" for his ease in the center of the field. He was the 10th safety prospect in the nation and a four-star recruit.
Defensive lineman Derrick Brown turned down 27 offers, including Baylor, when he committed to the Longhorns in late July. The Texarkana High School player racked up 88 tackles, including 12 sacks, in 2021.
Louisiana native J'Mond Tapp chose Texas even over nearby finalist LSU, saying he was looking forward to a new environment and change of scenery. The defensive lineman will be an edge rusher alongside Bledsoe.
The sole running back chosen by Sarkisian and co., Jaydon Blue has been committed to Texas for nearly a year after giving an early offer to the four-star recruit.
Blue impressed without playing his senior season after deciding to give his body a rest. And his prior seasons alone were enough—he amassed nearly 3,800 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns in 2019 and 2020.
Austin Jordan, a cornerback-turned-safety from Denton Ryan, helped his school to a state title in 2020 and is now a four-star recruit committed to Texas.
Three-star linebacker Travel Johnson has been committed to Texas since February and was called a potential replacement for Longhorns standout Demarion Overshown by Burnt Orange Nation's Cody Daniel. Although he missed his senior season, the Arlington Martin High School athlete accumulated 208 tackles and five sacks in his prior seasons.
Formerly a wrestler, Alabama native Justice Finkley brings that to the field and was named to the MaxPreps Alabama all-state team. Finkley chose Texas for its football program as well as its academics—he hopes to be a neurosurgeon in the future.
Four-star recruit Bremen Thompson is one of just two wide receivers picked up by Texas, a standout from past years when the Longhorns would sign at least four to five each season.
Thompson chose the Longhorns over 35 other offers and despite a slightly smaller size, is the No. 12 wide receiver in the nation.
Mississippi native Aaron Bryant is one of the state's top picks. He racked up 68 tackles, 12 for loss, six sacks and four forced fumbles in his junior season and chose Texas over rivals A&M and Alabama.
Like Ewers, Guilbeau formerly committed to Texas but flipped to TCU after Herman's firing. The defensive back then flip-flopped back again on Thanksgiving following the firing of TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson after choosing between 24 different offers.
Left tackle Neto Umeozulu was one of the most desired in the class of 2022 when he chose Texas over 33 other schools. While a junior at Allen High School, Umeozulu earned the District 5-6A Offensive Lineman of the Year and went on to become the No. 7 interior offensive linemen in his class.
Burly lineman Cole Hutson is the 16th-rated guard in the country and was Steve Sarkisian's first OL signee.
Texas swiped versatile player X'Avion Brice from rival Oklahoma upon his signing this morning. The three-star recruit chose the Longhorns after a last-minute visit and will likely be looked at as a receiver for the team.
Zach Swanson is a top-five Arizona prospect who played defensive end in high school, but he'll look to swap to defensive tackle with the Longhorns.
Lance St. Louis
Texas snagged the best long snapper in the country when it signed St. Louis on Wednesday, following in his father's footsteps—his old man was a long snapper in the NFL.
Three-star offensive tackle Cameron Williams made a late change from Oregon to Texas on Sunday. He's the No. 38 tackle in the country and 63rd in the state.
A little lower than other Texas recruits in ranking, Savion Red is Texas' third receiver signed. Despite his three-star status, Red had over 3,000 all-purpose yards and 39 touchdowns while in high school at Grand Prairie.
Red was a former SMU commit before swapping for Texas after a trip last weekend.
Four-star offensive lineman Malik Agbo chose Texas over Auburn, Miami, Oklahoma, LSU, and Florida on Wednesday's signing day. The OL is ranked 22nd in his class and position and rounds out Texas' wave of linemen recruits.
"Stone cold" kicker Will Stone is the lone kicker among Sarkisian's signing class so far. Ranked as a five-star recruit by Kohl's Professional Camps and No. 9 nationwide, Stone will attempt to seamlessly replace talented kicker Cameron Dicker next season alongside walk-on Bert Auburn.
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Arch Manning, the latest prospect in the Manning football family and No. 1 recruit in the class of 2023, has committed to the University of Texas.
Manning is the nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning and the son of Cooper Manning, a former wide receiver for Ole Miss. The Manning football legacy began with Archie Manning, Arch Manning's grandfather and namesake who played for the New Orleans Saints throughout the 1970s.
Committed to the University of Texas. #HookEmpic.twitter.com/jHYbjBaF5K
— Arch Manning (@ArchManning) June 23, 2022
Manning joins head Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian's program after a disappointing 5-7 first season. Manning, who has been the starting quarterback at New Orlean's Newman High School since he was a freshman, was the No. 1 recruit in the 2023 class, according to 247sports.
Manning had plenty of SEC suitors, including Georgia, Alabama and LSU, but committed to Texas after a recent visit to Austin.
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The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force has found the Jeep belonging to Kaitlin Armstrong, the accused murderer of professional cyclist Moriah “Mo” Wilson.
Armstrong is suspected to have killed Wilson—who was visiting Austin for a race in Hico, Texas last month—in a crime of passion after Wilson met up with her short-term ex-boyfriend Colin Strickland.
The Task Force said the black Jeep Cherokee was sold to a South Austin CarMax dealership on May 13, one day after being questioned by the Austin Police Department, for $12,200.
Armstrong was spotted at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport the next day, en route to LaGuardia Airport, but officials said they lost her trail after she was dropped off at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 18.
Investigators were unable to find any flight reservations under the name “Kaitlin Armstrong” and believe she may be using her sister’s name, Christine.
The case has been designated as a U.S. Marshals Service major case, which brings in more resources to the investigation; officials consider Armstrong dangerous. According to an anonymous tipster, Armstrong became “furious,” when she found out about Wilson and Strickland’s meeting and wanted to “kill” her.
Authorities believe the longer Armstrong is evading arrest, the more dangerous she may become, so anyone who sees her is encouraged to call 911 instead of approaching her. A $6,000 reward, along with an additional $15,000 from an anonymous donor, has been issued for information leading to her capture.