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Key offensive recruits for the Texas Longhorns in the 2023 cycle.


With the 2022 class coming to a close, the Horns locked down the number five class in the nation. The 2023 recruiting cycle is now under way and what better way to kick it off than to take a look at the key offensive recruits the Texas Longhorns should focus on. In this piece I will be choosing one to two players from each position and going in depth about what they mean and what I see on film.

If you have not read my first article talking about the impact of the 2022 class on the 2023 class, start HERE.

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NOTE TO THE READER: I tried to get videos of each player in the article, however, if I cannot find one I will link their 24/7 profile to their underlined name.


The key piece to this class will rest on the shoulders of Arch Manning (Isodore Newman, LA). Manning being the number one overall recruit in the 2023 cycle is going to be instrumental in building the future of the program. Arch has mentioned Texas and the future move to the SEC may be what pushes us to the front of the pack.

Running Backs:

Reuben Owens (El Campo, TX). Owens has been high on Texas for what feels like 2 years now. Owens can beat you with speed or power in the hole, and is a great asset in the passing game as well. The physical back from south Texas has great potential and is a guy that can make a huge splash in the class.

Dalton Brooks (Shiner, TX) is another guy that can be big for the class. The ATH from small-town Shiner, Texas is also a defensive lineman. Brooks is one of the most punishing runners in the nation and could line up on either side of the ball in college. Brooks is very patient to start but once he finds an opening, he is able to kick into another gear and pull away from opposing defenders.

Wide Recievers:

Johntay Cook (De Soto, TX) is a big time playmaker out wide or in the slot, and would be a fantastic target from the get-go. The WR has great speed and hands but can also beat you with his route running and head fakes. He is a threat at all levels of the field. He also knows how to successfully high-point the ball which will make him a threat in the red-zone as well.

Jaden Greathouse (Westlake, TX) is another reciever the Horns could immediately utilize in the passing game. The 6’3″ target has fantastic hands and wins off the line with both speed and physicality. He is someone who will have a lot of influence in the class with him being from Austin. Look for Greathouse to start narrowing down schools in the coming months.

Tight End:

Will Randle (Isodore Newman, LA) is a guy that I chose due to his connection with Arch Manning. He is currently projected to attend LSU, but he and Arch Manning have grown up together and both of them coming to Texas could be a big-time chemistry boost for the offense. We also know how Coach Sarkisian likes to utilize the tight ends. He isn’t as polished as Lafayette Kaiuwai but he can be just as dangerous.

Offensive Tackles:

Two tackles in this class really stand out to me as far as the guys we have offered. Olaus Alinen (Loomis Chaffee, CT) is a big left tackle with a high motor and eyes in the back of his head. Additionally, his IQ is through the roof and his physical attributes give him a high ceiling for potential growth. Texas is in his top 4 so be on the lookout for a verbal this summer. He would fit in really well with Banks and Campbell and is a great asset in both the rushing and passing game.

Another tackle prospect is Isaiah Robinson (Lamar, TX). The 6’7″ Tackle prospect is strong and he knows it. He often overpowers the defensive linemen from the start and ends up driving them to the second level of the defense. Robinson shows great potential in the pass game and shows great skill in the run game. He is even more dangerous when in motion and if used correctly, will lead to big runs down field.

Inside Offensive Line:

Harris Sewell (Permian, TX) is a big time guard/Center in the 2023 class. He has great size and speed that makes him very difficult to get around. His film shows great success in the run game as both a guard and a center and could be just what the horns need to boost the line play. The top 70 recruit has offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama and more are on the way. I wouldn’t expect him to make a decision anytime soon, but keep an eye on him.


The 2023 Recruiting class is only going to build off of the momentum of the 2022 class. Make sure to follow for more 2023 class inside looks and targets. The defensive side of the ball is coming soon.


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This Assistant Coach is Crucial in Tua’s Development

In a difficult 2020 season where the Miami Dolphins missed the playoffs by 1 game, Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa showed ups and downs. While the team was 6 and 3 in his starts, he was pulled in 2 games in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

In the games where Tagovailoa struggled, he showed a lack of confidence in the plays he was running, and in his wide receivers ability to get open down the field.

Unlike his Wide Receivers with the Alabama Crimson Tide, who were elite separators, the Dolphins group last year was filled with possession receivers like DeVante Parker and Preston Williams, who didn’t fit Tagovailoa’s skillset of anticipating and making throws to get receivers on the run. Rather, they fit the skillset of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who took more shots down the field to contested receivers.

DeVante Parker finished near the bottom of the NFL in seperation.

Along with the receiving core, the offensive line also struggled during both Tagovailoa and Fitzpatrick’s starts. Pro Football Focus graded the Dolphins O-Line as the 5th worst in the NFL, citing that it was to be expected with 3 rookies (Austin Jackson, Robert Hunt, and Solomon Kindley) getting significant playing time. While the rookies showed promise, they were overmatched by some of the leagues top pass rushers, and were inconsistent in both their protection and run blocking.

To fix both of these issues, the Dolphins spent significant cap space and draft capital, picking up weapons like former Texans Wide Receiver Will Fuller in free agency and Tagovailoa’s collegiate teammate, Jaylen Waddle in the draft, while also acquiring Center Matt Skura from Baltimore and Notre Dame Tackle Liam Eichenberg to help shore up the line.

Brian Flores addresses the additions of WIll Fuller and Jaylen Waddle.

But while these moves will most certainly help Tua, arguably the most under-the-radar move came from the offensive coaching staff.

Along with promoting offensive assistants George Godsey and Eric Studesville to be co-offensive coordinators, Miami hired former NFL Quarterback Charlie Frye to be the team’s new QB coach, replacing Robby Brown, who was a part of the Chan Gailey regime (who was let go this offseason). Frye was previously the offensive coordinator and QBs coach at Central Michigan, an offense that averaged over 31 points per game last year.

As for the NFL, Frye’s career was subpar. From 2005 to 2009, he accumulated only 17 touchdowns while throwing 19 interceptions.

Although Frye had an unsuccessful career as a starter in Cleveland, it was his years as a backup where he was able to sit back and comprehend pro-style offenses that he would learn to teach young quarterbacks, one of which was an 18 year old Tua Tagovailoa.

After he had committed to Alabama, Tagovailoa attended Trent Dilfer’s Elite 11 camp, which would have 11 of the top quarterbacks in the nation compete to work on their game and ultimately crown an MVP.

Through 7 on 7 drills, simulated draft combine interviews, board work, and tests of teamwork and dedication, these quarterbacks, which included highly touted prospects such as Jake Fromm and Hunter Johnson, would look to impress the coaches and outperform their campmates. Among these coaches, who would also call plays in the 7 on 7’s, was Charlie Frye.

Bucky Brooks has confidence in Charlie Frye as a QB’s coach.

Entering the camp, Tagovailoa had been looked at as one of the more raw, less refined prospects. Some were questioning if his ability would translate on the collegiate level, as they weren’t sure that his talent he could adapt to a pro-style system. But under Charlie Frye, who worked closely with him on his craft and maximize his arm talent, Tua was able to improve his game enough to be named Elite 11 MVP, coming off of a 7 on 7 win against 2021 3rd round draft pick Davis Mills.

Trent Dilfer names Tua Tagovailoa the 2016 Elite 1 MVP

As the new Quarterbacks coach, Frye will be working closely with Tua on improving his game and creating consistency, something that was hard to come by in the 2020 season.

While Tua performed well in full games like the one against the Arizona Cardinals, where he posted a game winning drive, he struggled in the first half of games against the Bengals, Patriots, and Chiefs; major adjustments had to be made at halftime in order to get him going. But as we saw in the Elite 11 camp, Tua has always been able to adjust to his surroundings and make his way to the top.

With new weapons and an Offensive Line that has another year of experience, Tagovailoa will look for the guidance from his new offensive coaching staff, and most importantly, Charlie Frye, to push this Miami Dolphins team into the playoffs and beyond.

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