Head coach Steve Sarkisian and Texas open Big 12 play this weekend on the road against Texas Tech. Before the Longhorns’ game against the Red Raiders, Sarkisian and wide receivers coach Brennan Marion went to Planet Ford Stadium in Spring, Texas to see two members of Texas’ 2023 recruiting class.
Houston (Texas) Aldine Eisenhower and four-star wide receiver Ryan Niblett are facing off against Houston (Texas) Dekaney and four-star wide receiver Jonah Wilson on Thursday night. Niblett and Wilson are two of the Longhorns’ three wide receiver commits alongside Desoto (Texas) four-star Johntay Cook II.
A 6-foot-0, 170 pound wideout, Niblett committed to the Longhorns on April 23. He is the No. 72 overall prospect and No. 13 wide receiver in the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. Niblett is also the No. 14 player in Texas.
Meanwhile, Wilson announced his pledge to Texas on June 26. He is the No. 249 overall prospect and No. 33 wide receiver in the On3 Consensus. Additionally, the 6-foot-2, 200 pound wideout is the No. 44 player in Texas.
The Longhorns’ 2023 class is currently No. 4 in the 2023 On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings and No. 1 in the Big 12. Texas’ group is led by New Orleans (La.) Isidore Newman Five-Star Plus+ quarterback Arch Manning.
Sarkisian was also out on the recruiting trail last week. He, along with linebackers coach Jeff Choate, attended the game of Denton (Texas) Ryan five-star linebacker and Texas A&M commit Anthony Hill.
More on Ryan Niblett and Jonah Wilson
Niblett’s On3 Scouting Summary mentions that he is an “electric playmaker that can score any time he touches the ball. Has run 10.78 in the 100 meters and 21.52 in the 200 meters as a junior. Also jumped 45’08” in the triple jump and 23’01” in the long jump. Can stretch the field vertically and tracks the ball downfield with ease. Possesses loose hips and does an excellent job making defenders miss in a phone booth.
“Lacks natural hands and is a consistent body catcher, resulting in drops at times. Dangerous return man on kickoffs and punts. Projects to slot receiver that can potentially play out wide as a Z. Complimentary receiver that could develop into a primary option if he can become a more consistent pass catcher.”
Meanwhile, Wilson’s On3 Scouting Summary describes him as a “thickly built, x-type wide receiver whose long strides allow him to eat yardage and take the top off of defenses while also “little boy-ing” inferior corners on 50-50 balls. Totaled 34 receptions for 469 yards and 8 touchdowns during his junior campaign. Ran a 22.71 200m during his junior track and field season. Strong hands at the catch point.
“Not overly twitched up or shifty, more of a straight-line mover. Strength and mass throughout the frame allows him to pull through weaker arm tackles with the ball in his hands. Role player at the next level who needs to develop more fast-twitch muscles in order to raise his athletic ceiling. Basketball player as well.”