How recent recruiting losses impact Steve Sarkisian’s two-year strategy

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Texas has had a very strong run on the recruiting trail for the 2023 class, but had significant losses in recent weeks.

Anthony Hill and Colton Vasek were among what I would call my eight biggest potential recruiting whiffs last week. It appears the two elite prospects are taking their talents to College Station and Norman, respectively.

The losses are significant because of Texas’ struggle to get competent linebacker play and consistent pressure from its pass rush. The Longhorns will continue their 13-year search for an elite pass rush.

Steve Sarkisian gave a glimpse into a potential shift in recruiting philosophy, letting offensive lineman TJ Shanahan and safety Mikal Harrison-Pilot know they are among the Longhorns’ top priorities. Though the class is nearly full on the offensive line and at receiver, Texas may be pushing edge rush recruiting to next season’s top priority.

Derion Gullette is a must-get for this class after Vasek and Braylan Shelby head in different directions. However, the odds are not great for bringing in other edge rushers this year.

In the meantime, Bo Davis and company will need to develop their strong defensive line haul from last season, in addition to talented South Oak Cliff edge prospect Billy Walton.

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