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Texas Football Recruiting Roundup

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On March 18, 2020, the NCAA made a decision to immediately ban in-person recruiting. The ban will be in place until at least April 15. That doesn’t stop division one coaches from communicating via written letter or telephone calls, however. Since President Trump has called for a national emergency, the University of Texas is still offering some of the top football players in the country scholarships to play at DKR on Saturdays. Here are some of the athletes UT has recently extended scholarship offers to.

2021 Offers

Isaiah Johnson, Defensive Back, Bluefield High School – Isaiah Johnson is a four-star recruit via the 247Sports Composite. He’s one of the top cornerbacks in the 2021 class and one of the best players in the state of West Virginia. As a junior at Bluefield High School, he led the team to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the West Virginia AA state title game where they ultimately fell short to Bridgeport. Johnson announced at the end of January that he will be transferring from Bluefield and playing his senior season elsewhere. He currently holds offers from Georgia, Penn State, and LSU among others, but just a few weeks ago Texas decided to throw an offer towards Johnson’s way.

Philip Riley, Defensive Back, Bloomingdale High School – Philip Riley is another cornerback that UT recently extended an offer to. The soon-to-be senior is a three-star recruit and measures 6’1” and 190 pounds. He currently plays for Bloomingdale High School out of Valrico, Florida. In his two years on varsity, Riley has totaled four interceptions to go along with 36 tackles. In his sophomore season, he also played wide receiver in which he complied nearly 1,000 receiving yards on 53 catches for nine touchdowns. Riley was offered a scholarship by Texas just a handful of days ago yet also holds offers from Florida State, Washington and Penn State among others.

Trevion Stevenson, Defensive End, Phoebus High School  – The out-of-state offers continue to pour in as Phoebus High School standout Trevion Stevenson from Hampton, Virginia also received an offer from Texas recently. Stevenson is a three-star recruit on the 247Sports Composite but put up a monster year for himself in 2019. Stevenson anchored a defense that allowed on average just over seven points a game and finished with six shutouts. Stevenson himself compiled 85 tackles, 16 for a loss and 15 sacks. In the past week alone he’s received offers from UT, West Virginia, Penn State, Maryland, and Georgia Tech.

Malcolm Johnson Jr., Wide Receiver, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes High School – Another Virginia native that Tom Herman has offered a scholarship to is wide receiver Malcolm Johnson Jr. out of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes High School. He just recently announced his top-12 with UT, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia being among them. The speedster is a dual-sport star wreaking havoc on the gridiron as well as the track. He compiled over 1,000 yards from scrimmage last year whilst also having the third-best 55-meter dash time in the country. Johnson Jr. is a four-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite and the best wide receiver from Virginia in the 2021 class.

Andrew Mukuba, Safety, LBJ High School – UT has already offered a scholarship to Bryan Allen Jr. one of the best safeties in the state of Texas. Now, they add another star safety to their list of offers in LBJ Austin High School’s Andrew Mukuba. The three-star prospect on the 247Sports Composite has accumulated offers in the past month from UT, Oklahoma, Clemson, LSU, and Georgia among others. The star athlete can do it all on the field. As a junior, he had two interceptions along with a fumble recovery and his team held opposing offenses to just over eight points a game on average. On offense, he had over 600 receiving yards for 10 touchdowns. There’s no doubt Mukuba is one of the most dynamic players in all of Texas.

Sage Ryan, Athlete, Lafayette Christian Academy – The Longhorns recently offered Lafayette Christian Academy’s Sage Ryan. Ryan is currently a top 40 prospect for the 2021 class on the 247Sports Composite. On March 23, Ryan released his top 10 which included Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson and LSU. UT offered a scholarship to Ryan four days later hoping to make up ground on the favorite, LSU. For now, the defending national champions seem to be the favorite.

I don’t really worry about how many you only can choose one school,” Ryan said about all the attention he’s getting.

Ryan is a dynamic playmaker on both sides of the football and his measurables are through the roof. He’s run a 4.45 40 yard dash and has a 36 inch vertical.

“I work hard each and every day and God has blessed me with success,” Ryan said on what he contributes to his success.

Ryan’s cousin is current LSU running back’s coach, Kevin Faulk and his uncle, Trev Faulk is a former Tiger so all signs seem to point to the deep south for Ryan.

“I want to have the best season I’m capable of having this upcoming season,” Ryan said on his senior year.

2022 Offers 

Evan Stewart, Wide Receiver, Frisco Liberty High School – Frisco Liberty in recent times, has not been a winning program. Yet, a few years back they produced a dominant NFL running back in Jay Ajayi. Evan Stewart could be that next breakout star for the Redhawks. As a sophomore he recorded 43 catches for 757 yards and seven touchdowns. When asked about what contributes to his success, Stewart said “my athleticism.” Stewart is a Track and Field star and ran a 10.74 100-meter dash and 21.08 200-meter dash in 2020. He has received offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Auburn, Florida, and SMU in the past week and a half.

“It’s a wonderful feeling,” Stewart said on what it’s like to receive so many offers so young. The 4-star recruit still has some goals before he commits though.

“Being an All-American, getting my fifth star, and win a playoff game.”

Jordan Hudson, Wide Receiver, Garland High School – Another 2022 Texas-based wide receiver that the Longhorns reached out too was Garland wideout, Jordan Hudson. Garland, like Liberty, missed the playoffs last year but that didn’t stop Hudson from putting up an electric sophomore campaign. The 4-star recruit finished the 2019 season with 80 catches for 1,285 yards and an absurd 19 touchdowns. He’s received offers from Kansas, Arizona, and Oklahoma but just recently received his first offer to be a defensive back from the burnt orange.

Omari Abor, Defensive End, Duncanville High School – Duncanville is back to back 6A D1 runners up to North Shore. Quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson commit to Texas already, now UT looks to lock up one of his teammates, defensive end Omari Abor. Abor is a 4-star recruit via 247 sports. He’s ranked sixth in the nation at his position and number one in the state of Texas for 2022. Abor is a 6’4” 240-pound machine who was named the District 8-6A defensive newcomer of the year. UT joins Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, and TCU among others who have offered Abor a scholarship.

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Larry Turner-Gooden, Athlete, St. Bernard High School – Larry Turner-Gooden is a 4-star recruit via 247 Sports and is a top 50 recruit in the 2022 class. Turner-Gooden is one of the most electrifying playmakers in the class and he’s been playing on varsity since he was a freshman. Turner-Gooden is a 6’1” 180-pound speedster who played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Calabasas High School before transferring recently to St. Bernard High school for his upcoming junior season. The dual wide receiver/ safety should be near the top of Texas’ list when it comes to recruiting hopefuls.

2023 Offers 

Jaden Greathouse, Wide Receiver, Austin Westlake High School – texas offered a scholarship to 2023 wide receiver Brandon Innis. Since then, they’ve decided to throw an offer at another 2023 wideout – with Jaden Greathouse from Austin Westlake. As a freshman, Greathouse helped Westlake win the 6A D2 State title over Denton Guyer. He finished the year with 47 catches for 715 yards and 10 touchdowns. There’s no denying his production will increase dramatically in his sophomore campaign, as his teammates who finished with over 1,000 yards are both graduating this year. 

“I just try to work hard on and off the field. I’ve had some really amazing coaches that have put me in situations where I would be successful,” Greathouse said on what contributes to his success.

Headed into his sophomore campaign Greathouse is already towering over the opposition at 6’3” and 200 pounds. He holds offers early from UT, Baylor, and Oklahoma.

“It’s really crazy! I definitely didn’t expect all the attention so soon. But I feel blessed and appreciative to be receiving it,” Greathouse said on the attention he’s already receiving.

Greathouse still has three more years at the High School level before playing on Saturdays. Thus he still has a lot of goals on his list before committing.

“I hope to grow more! I’m supposed to be 6’6” when I’m done growing. Also hoping to win 3 more state championships!”

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