The Texas Longhorns just finished one of the hottest four days of recruiting in recent memory, picking up a seismic commitment from the nation’s No. 1 player in Isidore Newman QB Arch Manning along with six subsequent verbal pledges from Liona Lefau, Connor Stroh, Jonah Wilson, Andre Cojoe, Jaydon Chatmanand Trevor Goosby. Not even mentioning the group of silent commits we’re monitoring as we get closer to their decisions becoming public.
Riding that momentum the Horns have jumped from outside the top 25 in the team recruiting rankings according to the 247Sports Composite to the No. 5 class in the country for the 2023 cycle.
Texas joins Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and Clemson in the top five and pushes out the Georgia Bulldogs for the fifth spot. Of the top 10 Texas also ranks 5th in average commit rating at 90.84 and is tied with Clemson for 3rd in the least amount of commits in the class at 14, behind Georgia at 12 and Ohio State at 13.
With the addition of Arch Manning the chances of a top three class have skyrocketed. After crunching the numbers it would just take one more commitment from a priority silent to get Texas over the bar and supplant Penn State as the No. 3 recruiting class in the country. While I still think it would be a tall task for Texas to wind up with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country after National Signing Day 2 in February, I am starting to believe that Texas could surpass Notre Dame as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country heading into the 2022 football season considering how many elite players are trending towards the Longhorns.
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247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Gabe Brooks gave detailed scouting notes on the Horns’ highest ranked player from the half dozen new commitments in Killeen Harker Heights offensive lineman Jaydon Chatman.
“Texas added a strong piece to its 2023 offensive line haul Sunday afternoon in Jaydon Chatmana potentially position-versatile prospect with tackle length and a particularly high developmental ceiling at guard. The Killeen (Texas) Harker Heights standout moved up to four-star status on 247Sports following his stellar Spring 2022 track and field season, which coupled with an encouraging junior year in Fall 2021 and multiple live exposures for 247Sports staff over the course of the spring.
Chatman owns a verified 6-foot-4, 300-pound build with above average length via a plus-4 wingspan. Chatman has hit the 100-inch threshold in the broad jump, impressive considering his size, and also posted a 4.71-second shuttle, another strong marker relative to his position projection.
In addition to those data points, Chatman possesses the desired multi-sport profile. His junior season shot put efforts included a District 12-6A championship with a throw of 48 feet, 6 1/2 inches. That joined two throws of 48-3, plus additional throws of 47-6.5 and 47-3.
Why does that matter? Repeatedly in recent NFL Drafts, multi-sport participation — and more specifically throws competition — pops up repeatedly among offensive line draftees, whether tackles or interior players. That sudden power needed to succeed in shot put and / or discus translates to punch on the gridiron.
Chatman plays mad. His run-game conviction should please Texas fans as he’s a mauler in that capacity and regularly finishes blocks to the ground. His strength allows him to manhandle and twist defenders into submission even when his hand placement and engaging angle are not ideal. Chatman’s foot quickness is good enough to typically keep him on schedule with pull targets and second-level blocks, which perhaps best display his punch power.
Chatman uses encouraging nimbleness in most pass-pro reps, where his length should also aid his continued development, regardless of alignment. He is often more catcher than puncher in pass pro, a common issue for young offensive linemen, and his trademark run-game mauling sometimes results in playing more as a leaner than a bender, resulting in overcommitting, getting out over his feet too far, and compromising body control.
As mentioned above, we recently tabbed Chatman as a riser thanks to the added context in multiple areas this spring, as well as continued vetting of the offensive tackle and interior offensive line boards for 2023. Chatman is a very good addition for Texas, and he should add roster value given the likelihood that he can play a number of positions up front. His developmental ceiling is clearly the highest of Texas’ three new O-line pledges, in our opinion, and could ultimately lead to NFL Draft consideration.”