The Steve Sarkissian-era’s first move to Austin came shortly before the new Texas head coach stepped off the plane.
On Tuesday, the first piece of the 2022 recruiting cycle puzzle fell into place when Armani Winfield enlisted in Texas. It was only the second rookie to commit to coming to Austin after Phaizon Wilson’s release in early October. The other being the Class No. 1 overall prospect in Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers. We heard rumors that Jaylon Guilbreau had doubts, but he never pulled the plug out.
We all know the story of Ewers, he was born to be a Longhorn. He was brought up as a fan of the team, which apparently gave Texas a head start on the recruiting trail. Former head coach Tom Herman and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich have managed to secure his commitment to play for the Longhorns. Then Herman and his company began to escape it with losses to Texas Christian and Oklahoma a few weeks later.
Now, a former Alabama and National Championship winning quarterback Greg McElroy believes Sarkisian needs to go big game hunting in the 2022 class. According to 247Sports, Sark must continue to be the quarterback’s guru.
“Sark needs to continue to be a quarterback guru … Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones have both had incredible seasons as far as Sarkissian is concerned, and in large part also because he creates so many problems for the defenses with pre-snap matches and moves and pre-snap moves, ”McElroy said Wednesday on College Football Live. “And he also makes it remarkably easy for quarterbacks. He must come out and sign a remarkably respected recruit for the 2022 promotion. “
Considering what has happened over the past few months for the program, you’d think it goes without saying that Sark needs a big fish. It started with Winfield, who many believe would be the next Texas target to head north to Buckeye State, joining Caleb Burton and the aforementioned Ewers. McElroy went on to mention the big fish that Sark “might” hunt.
“This rookie could play Southlake Carroll and his name could be Quinn Ewers. He was hired in Texas before changing and enlisting in the state of Ohio. If he signs with Texas, it will signal that there is a new sheriff in town in Austin, and it’s a destination for offensive talent to flock to. If he can do that, he rightfully has a chance to send shockwaves through the rest of the college football world.
Texas has felt these shockwaves twice before. When Ewers initially said he would be coming to Texas, it raised a lot of eyebrows. Top talent across the country began to think about wearing the Burnt Orange by her side. The Forty Acres felt those shockwaves a second time when they reopened their recruiting and ultimately opted for Ohio State. The Dragons quarterback would then take Austin area receiver Burton with him.
Ewers developed a good relationship with Ryan Day and the Buckeyes staff to the point that he decided to play there rather than in his home country. It was also noted that Sarkisian has developed a fairly good relationship with the Texas product. It doesn’t matter if he would say no to Texas and Sarkissian, what does he have to lose for running over him?
When Ewers discussed his decision to go to Ohio state, it was about going to the NFL. At this point, it’s not clear Coach Day was able to produce NFL quarterbacks, not to say he can’t, but it’s still not clear. With Sarkissian, he can designate all the quarterbacks he sent to the NFL in his system. Sark is about to send another one into Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones.
Whether it’s Ewers, Gunner Stockton, or another quarterback in the class, it’s officially hunting season.