Late night recruiting notes: Six 2023 prospects on the Texas radar

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2023 Franklin ATH Bryson Washington has heard from numerous power-five programs since September 1st (Hudson Standish/IT)

Nearly two weeks after the contact date for 2023’s began on September 1st at midnight, a new crop of 2023 athletes have found their way on the Texas Longhorns recruiting radar.

While none of these names are priority targets for Texas yet, things can change quickly in recruiting and the Longhorn staff is doing their due diligence with evaluations.

Bryson Washington, ILB, 6’1″205 Franklin (2023)

If this name sounds familiar it might be because I’ve mentioned Bryson all offseason on the Inside Texas prospect board, in addition to the August 9th Flyover Recruiting Notebook and 10 TXHSFB players who could emerge as offer candidates preseason articles.

After visiting Baylor last weekend, Bryson will be at the Texas vs. Rice game this Saturday. The two-way player for the 3AD2 No. 1 Franklin Lions plays running back and safety at the high school level but is aware of where his best position is at the next level.

“I absolutely love the idea of playing linebacker in college,” Washington said. “I want to be just like the Arm Bandit (DeMarvion Overshown) in college.”

Lafayette Kaiuway, TE, 6’5″230 Arlington Sam Houston (2023)

The Arlington Sam Houston Texans have been one of the best stories of the early TXHSFB season. After missing the playoffs for the past six years and averaging 3 wins per season during that stretch, the Texans have started the year 3-0 including a program-defining 28-27 upset over 5A powerhouse Mansfield Timberview.

One of the key players for Sam Houston has been former wide receiver turned tight end Lafayette Kaiuway. Although Kaiuway hasn’t played TE for long you can clearly see he’s taken to the new position well as evidenced by his 2 touchdowns and physical blocking presence vs. a talented Timberview squad.

Kaiuway heard from the Texas staff early Monday morning and will be in attendance at the Texas vs. Rice game as long as he clears the trip with his coaching staff.

Bravion Rogers, CB, 5’11″185 La Grange (2023)

TCU, Baylor, and Michigan are a few of the schools that have already offered the La Grange Leopard.

When I talked with Rogers at the State 7-on-7 tournament over the summer he expressed to me how eager he was to visit Austin and meet with the new coaching staff.

This week he’ll get his chance as he also plans to attend the Texas vs. Rice game on Saturday.

Anthony Evans, WR, 6’0″165 Converse Judson (2023)

Texas has been in constant contact with the Judson Rocket speedster since his camp performance over the summer.

Even though the Horns haven’t pulled the trigger yet 21.54 200m wide receiver, Evans tells me Texas is ready for him to visit for a gameday.

“I hear from Coach Coleman and the Texas staff every week,” Evans said. “I’ve been pretty busy with the start of the season but I am going to head back up to Austin soon.”

Kaden Carr, OT, 6’6″295 Amarillo (2023)

One of the early deficiencies identified by the IT staff in the 2023 in-state class has been offensive tackle. So if a Texas-level take is identified by the staff, there will be serious urgency trying to build a lead in that recruitment.

Amarillo OT Kaden Carr just might be that guy. A week after visiting Oklahoma, Carr told Inside Texas that he’s heard from the Texas staff and plans are being made for a visit.

Braylan Shelby, EDGE, 6’4″225 Friendswood (2023)

Similar to Bryson Washington, longtime IT readers should remember Shelby from my May interview along with the 10 TXHSFB players who could earn an offer preseason piece.

Shelby told Inside Texas that the Texas Longhorns staff informed Shelby that he had an open invite for every home game for the rest of the season.

The 6’4.5″ EDGE has improved his physicality this season and looks like a perfect fit for Texas’ EDGE heavy scheme.