As the visiting season continued last month in the college football recruiting landscape, many fans forgot about the ongoing summer practice for the Texas football program. Just weeks before the start of fall camp in Forty Acres, TX, and new head coach Steve Sarkisian are into summer practice.
This is the last stop of the offseason for the current Longhorns roster before the start of fall camp. And it’s worth paying attention to those Longhorns players who stand out during summer conditioning and have a head start before fall camp.
One of the most talked about players in the midst of this offseason’s summer practice is former Michigan Wolverines four-star receiver and Central East High School product Xavier Worthy. Texas managed to reverse the pledge and sign Worthy at the end of spring camp.
Texas has seen some turnover in the receiving corps this offseason, paving a clearer path for the worthy new freshman to make an immediate impact. This receiving corps has lost players like junior wide receiver Jake Smith, former Brennan Eagles junior, senior Tarik Black and sophomore redshirt Malcolm Epps throughout the offseason.
Xavier Worthy makes a big impression on Texan football this summer
The good news here is that Worthy has done well for the Longhorns by all indications since arriving on campus this offseason. According to a July 9 report by Horns247 (paid content), Worthy could be the “most impressive” Longhorns player individually thanks to summer conditioning and 7v7 drills lately.
Worthy arrived at the Forty Acres before the start of summer practice, but missed the spring ball as he was still engaged in Michigan at the time.
It’s a good sign for Sark and sophomore receiver coach Andre Coleman that real freshman Worthy is stepping up in the spotlight this offseason. They need new faces to gain strength in this welcoming body. And Worthy could be at the forefront of this new wave of Texan talent, which could also feature red-shirted rookie Troy Omeire.
What Texas got out of Worthy’s cancellation of Michigan’s engagement was the country’s No.61 prospect in 2021, wide receiver No.8 and lead No.4 in California (247Sports Composite) . And the Top247 ranks him as the # 99 prospect in high schools nationwide, the # 13 wide receiver, and the # 8 prospect in California.
Texas finished last season with a 7-3 (5-3 Big 12) record under former head coach Tom Herman. New head coach Sark and the Longhorns are scheduled to open the 2021 regular season on September 4 at home against Louisiana.