USA TODAY high school sportsFriday Night Notes is a weekly roundup of high school recruiting that looks at the latest news from around the country – from the class of 2023 to ’24 and beyond.
They don’t do anything small in Texas, especially when it comes to football. Cliche or not, it’s a critical recruiting weekend for the Longhorns as they host four of the top recruits in the 2023 class.
At the center of the group is Ryan (Texas) linebacker Anthony Hill, who just waived by Texas A&M. Hill (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) is the best defender in his class and ranks as as tall as number 17 nationally.
If the Longhorns can land him, he’ll become the fourth five-star recruit in their class. Hill isn’t the only big-time prospect they’ll be visiting this weekend, though. Texas has three other Herds coming in for Saturday’s game against TCU…
Pinnacle (Ariz.) TE Duce Robinson
Another five-star recruit, Robinson (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) is the No. 1 tight end in his class and the best overall player in the state of Arizona. He also has interest from Georgia, USC, Alabama and Oregon.
La Grange (Texas) CB Bravion Rogers
Rodgers (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) is ranked No. 6 among cornerbacks and No. 8 overall in Texas. Right now he is dedicated to Texas A&M.
Martin (Texas) CB Javier Toviano
Toviano (6-foot-0, 185 pounds) is ranked just one spot lower than Rodgers at his position. He has at least 34 offers on the table. Schools considered hot to land his commitment include Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Oklahoma.
Any of those four would be a huge asset for Texas, which ranked as high as number 3 in the 2023 recruiting race after securing Cedric Baxter Jr., the second-best running back in the class. Three months later, they dropped to No. 6, trailing Georgia, LSU and Ohio State.
Even if Texas gets all four on board, the verbal commitment doesn’t really mean anything until the recruit actually signs. Miami got a rude reminder of that on Thursday when they lost one of their most important perspectives.
Late last night, four-star quarterback Pittsburgh (Calif.). Jaden Rashada announced his switch from the Hurricanes to the Gators, sharing a promotional Florida video on Twitter.
— Jaden Rashada 5️⃣ (@jadenrashada) November 11, 2022
Rashada (6-foot-4, 185 pounds) is ranked #7 among defenders in the class of 2023 according to the roll call. In nine games this season, he recorded 2,122 passing yards, a 64.1% completion percentage, 25 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 115.4 rating. Rashada is also a rushing threat, with 247 total yards and three scores on the ground on just 36 carries.
With current Florida starter Anthony Richardson expected to be taken early in the 2023 NFL Drafta spot could open up for Rashada to start for Billy Napier as early as next season.
Deserving or not, quarterbacks get all the attention — but their winning has never been more lucrative. That means Buford (Ga.) EDGE Edric Houston has a bright future as one of the top pass rushers in the 2024 class.
The third-ranked EDGE in his class and the No. 15 nationally, Houston (6-foot-3, 255 pounds) already has 17 offers. On Tuesday, he released a list of his top 10 schools, on UGA cable: Oregon, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Michigan State, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Houston visited Michigan State and Tennessee for the second time last month, but he is called atmosphere in Athens, Georgia the strongest he had ever seen. So far, there is no favorite to take his commitment.