Rivals nationwide recruiting analyst Nick Harris, together with Cole Patterson of Orangebloods.com, Brandon Holland of BirdsUp.com (UTSA) and nationwide recruiting director Adam Gorney deal with three subjects and decide whether or not every assertion is FACT or FICTION.
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1. Anthony Evans is the very best offensive prospect from the larger San Antonio space since Malcolm Brown within the 2011 class.
Harris’ take: FACT. Oklahoma commit Anthony Evans has game-changing velocity for an offense that hasn’t fairly been seen earlier than within the San Antonio space, particularly on the large receiver place. Due to that elite observe velocity and his improved skillset that features a developed route tree and a slipperiness by tacklers, Evans will have the ability to contribute early and sometimes in Norman, which is one thing that his predecessors within the San Antonio space couldn’t actually say prior to now.
Holland’s take: FICTION. It is undoubtedly comprehensible how the query might be requested, given Evans’ notoriety for his velocity and being the most important offensive title on the legendary Judson Excessive Faculty squad this season. The San Antonio space might be floor zero for expertise produced that not everybody is aware of about. Town has been residence to many proficient prospects since former Longhorn Malcolm Brown in 2011. There’s been distinctive expertise, similar to 2013 Madison Excessive Faculty working again Marquis Warford, 2014 Steele Excessive Faculty working again Justin Stockton, 2021 Harlan Excessive Faculty large receiver Dre Spriggs, 2021 Cornerstone Christian quarterback Lucas Coley and Harlan Excessive Faculty QB Kannon Williams, to call a couple of.
2. Devin Sanchez has the very best probability at difficult Dakorien Moore for the highest prospect in Texas in 2025.
Harris’ take: FACT. Devin Sanchez is the subsequent potential five-star expertise at Houston-area powerhouse North Shore, and it is ironic that he’ll battle with Duncanville large receiver Dakorien Moore for the highest spot within the state given the 2 groups’ current historical past with one another in previous years. Sanchez’s size, velocity and protection capacity put him in an elite group throughout all recruiting lessons in terms of school potential, particularly at this younger of an age. In truth, his bodily improvement is one thing that he has a leg up on Moore with, and if he can again it up with a standout sophomore season we might be taking a look at a brand new state No. 1.
Patterson’s take: FACT. Cornerback is such a premium place and Sanchez seems to be a premium prospect early on in his highschool profession. He has the body, athletic profile and all-around package deal to be a high-level defensive again, resulting in Alabama, Texas and others to supply. There are a ton of WRs that can probably be within the combine. I’m additionally an enormous fan of tight finish Davon Mitchell – who’s a complete mismatch within the passing recreation – however Sanchez has the very best shot at taking that No. 1 spot away from Moore at this time limit because of his expertise/place mixture.
3. Texas’ efficiency in opposition to Alabama moved the needle from a nationwide perspective with recruits throughout a number of lessons.
Harris’ take: FACT. Regardless of the loss on Saturday, Texas made its presence recognized on a nationwide scale with its efficiency in opposition to Alabama that resulted in a slender loss to the Crimson Tide. In speaking to recruits over the course of the final week throughout the nation, it is clear that there’s extra consideration on what Texas will do that week and all through the season now that Steve Sarkisian is beginning to put every thing collectively in Austin. With a powerful 2023 class already in movement as effectively, I see the potential solely rising from right here on out if Texas can stack extra spectacular performances on the sphere.
Gorney’s take: FACT. Whether or not it was Tausili Akana or many different prime prospects in attendance final weekend – particularly these within the 2024 and 2025 lessons – everyone noticed Texas not solely virtually upset then-No. 1 Alabama however look higher than the Tide in lots of areas. That can depart an incredible affect within the recruiting panorama as a result of the place was rocking, Texas put collectively an impressive efficiency and prime recruits will need to be part of that. QB commit Arch Manning and WR pledge Johntay Cook dinner are each energetic recruiters amongst different pledges. The Longhorns are moving into the precise course now beneath Sarkisian and even in a shedding effort Texas may need received huge on the recruiting path.