Last weekend was a big weekend on the recruiting path for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program. Despite losing at home to the undefeated and 4th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs on November 12 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Texas still managed to make a positive impression on some of the recruits in attendance.
A unique key recruit that we want to highlight and is one of the top priorities for the Longhorns 2024 class is Duncanville elite five-star edge rusher Colin Simmons. It looks like Simmons left Austin last weekend with a good impression of what he saw on the field under the lights of DKR on November 12th.
According to a Nov. 18 report by Orangebloods’ Cole Patterson (subscriber content), despite the loss, Simmons liked what he saw of Texas’ defense against TCU on Nov. 12. But the defeat was definitely not the fault of the defense.
Texas defense outperformed offense last weekend thanks to a long scoop and a hit by junior defenseman Jahdae Barron late in the fourth quarter that kept them in the game.
Priority 5 star EDGE Colin Simmons “noted” Texas football defense during his visit against TCU
Simmons reportedly said that the Texas defense is “eating” and that the Front Seven is “going crazy” against the Horned Frogs. Patterson also mentioned in that report that Simmons “noticed how the Texas Edges played against TCU and was really impressed.”
It sounds like Texas did a good job of making the right impression on Simmons on their first trip to Austin for a game this fall. Texas looked to make a move with Simmons over the weekend after a string of successful visits to watch programs like TCU and the LSU Tigers on a few game weekends earlier this season.
And it seems like Texas pushed a lot of the right buttons during last weekend’s unofficial visit to the Forty Acres at Simmons.
Additionally, last weekend marked Simmons’ fourth unofficial visit to Austin in 2022. And Texas will continue to try to bring Simmons to campus as often as possible over the next few months.
A return visit is unlikely this fall, but getting him back on campus in early 2023 will be important for the Longhorns.
For now, Texas appears to be in a good place with Simmons, thanks largely to play from key players along the defensive front like senior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown and sophomore edge rusher Barryn Sorrell.
Texas got Simmons’ attention at the right time amid a key period in his recruiting.
Texas currently holds commitments of three recruits in the 2024 class as of November 19. But none of the three blue-chip recruits signed for the 2024 Longhorns class are nearly as highly ranked as elite edge player Simmons.