With two commitments last week and on-field success for the Texas Longhorns, the 2025 recruiting class for head coach Steve Sarkisian has some momentum that continued on Christmas when Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth defensive lineman Ethan Utley included the Longhorns among his top five schools.
Michigan, Oklahoma, Syracuse, and Tennessee also made the cut for the consensus four-star prospect who holds 40 total offers, including Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, and Texas A&M, among others.
The 6’4, 270-pounder is familiar with the Texas program after earning an offer last summer while attending a camp on the Forty Acres, a critical part of the evaluation process of defensive linemen for Sarkisian and position coach Bo Davis. In early November, Utley returned to Austin to watch the thrilling overtime victory by the Longhorns over the Wildcats. Tennessee and Michigan also hosted Utley for unofficial visits during the fall, as did Texas A&M, which was eliminated from Utley’s top schools and replaced by Syracuse with Elijah Robinson now the offensive coordinator for the Orange.
Utley is ranked as the No. 112 player nationally and the No. 11 defensive lineman, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and has now solidified himself as a key target for the Longhorns at his position in the 2025 cycle.