Fact or Fiction: Anthony Evans is San Antonio's best on offense since 2011
Rivals national recruiting analyst Nick Harris, along with Cole Patterson of Orangebloods.com, Brandon Holland of BirdsUp.com (UTSA) and national recruiting director Adam Gorney tackle three topics and determine whether each statement is FACT or FICTION.
1. Anthony Evans is the best offensive prospect from the greater San Antonio area since Malcolm Brown in the 2011 class.
Harris’ take: FACT. Oklahoma commit Anthony Evans has game-changing speed for an offense that hasn’t quite been seen before in the San Antonio area, especially at the wide receiver position. Because of that elite track speed and his improved skillset that includes a developed route tree and a slipperiness through tacklers, Evans will be able to contribute early and often in Norman, which is something that his predecessors in the San Antonio area couldn’t really say in the past.
Holland's take: FICTION. It's definitely understandable how the question could be asked, given Evans' notoriety for his speed and being the biggest offensive name on the legendary Judson High School squad this season. The San Antonio area could be ground zero for talent produced that not everyone knows about. The city has been home to many talented prospects since former Longhorn Malcolm Brown in 2011. There’s been exceptional talent, such as 2013 Madison High School running back Marquis Warford, 2014 Steele High School running back Justin Stockton, 2021 Harlan High School wide receiver Dre Spriggs, 2021 Cornerstone Christian quarterback Lucas Coley and Harlan High School QB Kannon Williams, to name a few.
2. Devin Sanchez has the best chance at challenging Dakorien Moore for the top prospect in Texas in 2025.
Harris' take: FACT. Devin Sanchez is the next potential five-star talent at Houston-area powerhouse North Shore, and it's ironic that he will battle with Duncanville wide receiver Dakorien Moore for the top spot in the state given the two teams' recent history with each other in past years. Sanchez's length, speed and coverage ability put him in an elite group across all recruiting classes when it comes to college potential, especially at this young of an age. In fact, his physical development is something that he has a leg up on Moore with, and if he can back it up with a standout sophomore season we could be looking at a new state No. 1.
Patterson's take: FACT. Cornerback is such a premium position and Sanchez looks to be a premium prospect early on in his high school career. He has the frame, athletic profile and all-around package to be a high-level defensive back, leading to Alabama, Texas and others to offer. There are a ton of WRs that will likely be in the mix. I am also a big fan of tight end Davon Mitchell – who is a total mismatch in the passing game – but Sanchez has the best shot at taking that No. 1 spot away from Moore at this point in time due to his talent/position combination.
3. Texas' performance against Alabama moved the needle from a national perspective with recruits across multiple classes.
Harris' take: FACT. Despite the loss on Saturday, Texas made its presence known on a national scale with its performance against Alabama that resulted in a narrow loss to the Crimson Tide. In talking to recruits over the course of the last week across the country, it's clear that there is more attention on what Texas will do this week and throughout the season now that Steve Sarkisian is starting to put everything together in Austin. With a strong 2023 class already in motion as well, I see the potential only growing from here on out if Texas can stack more impressive performances on the field.
Gorney's take: FACT. Whether it was Tausili Akana or many other top prospects in attendance last weekend - especially those in the 2024 and 2025 classes - everybody saw Texas not only almost upset then-No. 1 Alabama but look better than the Tide in many areas. That will leave a tremendous impact in the recruiting landscape because the place was rocking, Texas put together an outstanding performance and top recruits will want to be a part of that. QB commit Arch Manning and WR pledge Johntay Cook are both active recruiters among other pledges. The Longhorns are going in the right direction now under Sarkisian and even in a losing effort Texas might have won big on the recruiting trail.