Since last weekend, Texas Longhorns quarterback commit Maalik Murphy is now ostensibly the leader of the 2022 recruiting class as new head coach Steve Sarkisian pursues the type of elite recruiting class that will ensure his staff’s opportunity to develop some of the top prospects in the country.
In the state of Texas, though, Klein Cain running back Jaydon Blue will serve as a key recruiter by utilizing his longtime relationships with other highly-ranked players. On Thursday, he tweeted at a couple of his top targets.
Liberty Frisco wide receiver Evan Stewart is the top in-state target at the position and seemed like he was recently on the verge of joining Lewisville’s Armani Winfield by ending his recruitment in favor of the Longhorns. Stewart remained on the market, but the national top-50 prospect can now begin building a rapport with Murphy as Blue and position coach Andre Coleman try to close the deal.
As offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Kyle Floods attempts to help Texas rebound from the numerous misses along the offensive line in the 2021 class, the recruitments of Humble Atascosita offensive tackle Kam Dewberry and Humble Summer Creek offensive tackle Kelvin Banks could determine whether Flood succeeds.
Arlington Bowie offensive guard Devon Campbell is the No. 1 must-get player in the state with Texas surging in his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions and a consensus five-star prospect for the top-10 recruit nationally. But Dewberry and Banks are also highly-regarded recruits in a key battleground for this cycle with Texas A&M surging in the Houston area.
Both could eventually end up committing to the Aggies, setting up some key head-to-head battles for the new coaching staff, especially with the recent departure of Longhorns Director of Recruiting Bryan Carrington, who grew up in Houston and formerly worked for Tom Herman with the Cougars.
Recent commitments, including that of Blue, have provided some early momentum for the Texas coaching staff. However, Texas A&M’s big season under Jimbo Fisher has vaulted Aggieland into an even more appealing destination for recruits willing to make the short drive up Highway 6.
So Blue’s key targets will play an important role in defining whether Sarkisian’s initial in-state recruiting class is good enough for the entire group to rival Herman’s No. 3-ranked 2018 class in his first full cycle.