Texas NSD1 Recap: Offense

Here is a recap of everyone on offense who has officially signed with The University of Texas. You can check out our NSD1 defense roundup, here. We will be updating this list as new names come in.

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Quarterback

The most important position in all of sports. The Longhorns came out of the 2021 season filled with questions. Can Casey Thompson lead this team to a conference championship-esque season when healthy? Can Hudson Card put it all together and use his natural talent as a passer and as a runner to give Texas that explosive offense they lacked without Bijan? Will Maalik Murphy come in immediately and win the starting job outright? All of those questions were valid, but certainly far from settling for Texas fans.

With news that Texas has landed Quinn Ewers, all of those questions do not need to be answered. Quinn Ewers will be the starting quarterback for Texas in 2022. He has more natural talent than everyone in this quarterback room and a year of college football already under his belt.

Maalik Murphy, Four-Star

Maalik Murphy is one of the most physically gifted quarterbacks in the 2022 recruiting cycle. After leading Serra Highschool to a state championship, Murphy is primed to be an early enrollee for Texas this spring. At 6’4” and 220 pounds, Murphy is built like a Power-Five starting quarterback as well.

With Quinn Ewers in town, Maalik Murphy is in a prime position to learn Steve Sarkisian’s offense inside and out before ever having to start a game.

Murphy’s biggest weakness was his lack of experience, so you could argue sitting for two seasons is not ideal for his development. However, Mac Jones and Bryce Young are both recent examples as to why sitting and learning an offense is extremely beneficial.

Runningback

Arguably the Longhorns most talented position group, Stan Drayton has done a tremendous job in Austin. The history of Longhorns runningbacks is iconic. Obviously headlined by Heisman winners Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams, Bijan Robinson is seemingly next in-line. Filling out the room: Roschon Johnson, Keilan Robinson, and Johnathan Brooks have all had flashes of greatness of their own.

Jaydon Blue, Four-Star

The number one ranked runningback in the country before opting-out of his senior year of highschool, Jaydon Blue looks to be the next-great Longhorns runningback. At 6’0” and 205 pounds, Blue has some room to fill out his frame, but already looked like a college runningback his Junior year of highschool.

It will be difficult for Blue to see the field in 2022, but he is talented enough to warrant some touches.

Wide Receiver

One of Texas’ thinnest positions last year. 2021 true freshman Xavier Worthy took full advantage of it, posting nearly 1,000 yards (998, to be exact). Now looking like the Longhorns bonafide number one receiver, Worthy will have more competition with Jordan Whittington and Troy Omeire coming back completely healthy along with these talented incoming freshman.

Brenen Thompson, Four-Star

A speedster out of Spearman Texas, Brenen Thompson adds a new dynamic to this Texas offense. Xavier Worthy and Jordan Whittington certainly don’t lack speed, but Thompson has it in spades.

At 5’10” and 165 pounds, Thompson will likely see a majority of his snaps in the slot. Thompson’s game-breaking speed should allow him to see the field early.

Savion Red, Three-Star

At 5’10” and 210 pounds, Savion Red is built like a runningback. Red is also not lacking in speed, but with his frame he will add value as a special teamer as well.

Red may not see the field much in 2022, but I expect him to carve out a role in the future as a slot receiver and return man.

Xavion Brice, Three-Star

Another participant in Flipmas, Xavion Brice decommitted from Oklahoma this morning and signed with the Longhorns. At 6’1” and 175 pounds, Brice is a great athlete. He should provide this receivers room with talented depth and could work his way into a starting role in the future. He is also a defensive back, depending on where this coaching staff sees him excelling, we could see him on defense as well.

Offensive Line

Kyle Flood is building the Great Wall of Austin. With the offensive line arguably being the Longhorns biggest weakness in 2021, this Texas staff has clearly prioritized the trenches. I predict at least two true freshman to be starting by the end of the 2022 season.

Kelvin Banks jr., Five-Star

Another huge flip for Texas, Kelvin Banks was originally committed to the University of Oregon. Kyle Flood and the Texas staff worked quickly when Mario Cristobal left Oregon for the University of Miami and managed to flip Banks to Austin.

Kelvin Banks is a prototypical offensive tackle. At 6’5” and 315 pounds, Banks should be in-line to contribute immediately at either tackle spot.

Neto Umeozulu, Four-Star

At 6’4” and 285 pounds, Neto Umeozulu is one of the lightest offensive lineman Texas and Kyle Flood have recruited this cycle. With his impressive feet and agility, Neto seems to be a logical fit at center. With Jake Majors still on the Forty Acres, I envision Neto to have a redshirt freshman year.

Malik Agbo, Four-Star

Another mauler along the offensive line. Malik Agbo, standing at 6’6” and 320 pounds, will be a welcomed addition to this offensive line room as well.

With a chance to play immediately, Agbo could prove to be one of the most important additions to this 2022 recruiting class.

Cole Hutson, Four-Star

Cole Hutson has been committed to Texas since early July. Hutson, standing at 6’5” and 315 pounds, brings a mean streak to this Texas front. Hutson is consistently burying defenders and served up quite a few pancakes in highschool.

Right now I envision Cole Hutson as a development piece along the interior for 2022. A probable redshirt, Hutson could be a staple on this offensive line in the future.

Cameron Williams, Three-Star

We have talked plenty about size, but Cameron Williams takes the cake—no pun intended. Williams is a behemoth at 6’7” and 370 pounds. These numbers are not official, but if he is anywhere close to them he is still a massive human being.

With some surprising quickness to his game, Williams is still able to move around well for his size. I don’t envision him starting in 2022, but he could be another key player in the future for Texas.

Connor Robertson, Three-Star

Homegrown from Westlake Highschool in Austin, Connor Robertson is another solid addition to this Texas Longhorns recruiting class. Robertson is most likely another developmental piece along this offensive line, but his potential for positional versatility will be a key addition for Kyle Flood.

Closing

Overall, Kyle Flood is this off-season’s MVP. He and Steve Sarkisian had an incredibly impressive haul. Sarkisian has proven that he can recruit at an elite level on the offensive side, so far. Around The Block — Longhorns defensive NSD1 roundup can be found here, so check it out as well for an in-depth look at the defensive side of this class. As always, Hook’em.


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