Steve Sarkisian is recruiting Florida as well as Charlie Strong did, if not better. He’s just doing so much more efficiently.
It is easy to see what coaches like about football in that state. Florida has a reputation for being in the same tier as California and Texas for producing the best high school prospects. Albeit, the top football state on the East Coast hasn’t always been a winning battleground for Texas, until now.
In the span of about a month, Sarkisian has landed two of Texas’ top four recruits from Florida since 2010. According to the first Florida commitment of the class, there could be more on the way.
Four-star offensive lineman Payton Kirkland has his sights set on elite edge rusher Damon Wilson. Wilson, a five-star player from the Sunshine State, seemed like a pipe dream not long ago. With the growing connections to Texas within Florida, Wilson might be a realistic possibility for the Longhorns.
Here is a list of Florida prospects Texas has a chance to sign in the 2023 recruiting class.
— On3 Recruits (@On3Recruits) August 10, 2022
No. 42 overall player (On3 consensus)
No. 5 edge
No. 11 player in Florida
No. 50 overall player (On3 consensus)
No. 4 running back
No. 13 player in Florida
Texas commits Payton Kirkland and CJ Baxter celebrating together following Baxter’s commitment to Texas 🤘@gbpkay | @CedricBaxterJr1 | @OBWire | @RivalsCole | 🎥: @KiddRyno_Rivals pic.twitter.com/4k1yMiDijO
— Rivals (@Rivals) August 10, 2022
No. 298 overall player (On3 consensus)
No. 22 offensive tackle
No. 59 player in Florida