Where Texas lands in ESPN’s updated 2022 recruiting class rankings

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Steve Sarkisian is already doing an impressive job bringing in elite talent for his first full recruiting class at Texas.

Although several highly rated prospects have yet to announce their commitments, which will certainly mix up any 2022 recruiting class rankings, the Longhorns have seemingly stayed put with one of the top 10 classes in the nation.

Over the last few months, Texas has seen a rise to No. 5 and also a fall to the No. 10 range. It’s essentially a game of seesaw that doesn’t carry much weight until the classes are finalized on national signing day. Let’s have fun with it anyways.

In ESPN’s updated 2022 recruiting class rankings (subscription required), Texas landed at No. 7 in the nation. Considering Oklahoma is at No. 6, the Longhorns currently have the No. 2 class in the Big 12.

After guiding one of the most high-powered attacks in college football as offensive coordinator at Alabama, Steve Sarkisian is now assembling his first full class as head coach at Texas. Offense defines this group early on. The Longhorns went to California for their quarterback, Maalik Murphy, a prospect with limited high school game experience thus far but someone who possesses some impressive physical traits, including a big arm. The class also features some big-play offensive targets from in-state: top-20 wide receiver Armani Winfield and two top-10 RBs in Jamarion Miller and Blue, who can be an explosive runner with good ball skills. Defense is not being overlooked either, as the Longhorns added one of the top defensive back prospects in the state in Allen, a top-five safety who is fluid with good instincts.

ESPN also notes that Jaydon Blue is their highest graded offensive commit in Texas’ 2022 class, while safety Bryan Allen Jr. holds those honors on the defensive side of the ball.

If Sarkisian’s staff is able to close on a few high profile targets at their BBQ/Pool Party event on July 30 such as Bryce Anderson and Derrick Brown, Texas could very realistically end up in the top five when it’s all said and done.