Steve Sarkisian Confirms Major Boost as Another Offensive Weapon Commits to the Texas Longhorns…

The Texas Longhorns have bolstered their running back roster with a significant addition, securing a top prospect from Louisiana.

On Wednesday, James Simon, a highly-rated running back from Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist, announced his commitment to Texas. Simon, a standout in the Top247 rankings, chose the Longhorns over more than 20 other programs that extended offers to him.

This commitment follows closely on the heels of Texas landing twin offensive linemen, Jordan Coleman and Devin Coleman, late last week, keeping the Longhorns’ recruiting momentum strong.

Simon joins Rickey Stewart, a three-star running back from Tyler (Texas) Chapel Hill, as the second running back in Texas’ 2025 class. During his junior year, Simon delivered an impressive performance, rushing for 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also catching 20 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns.

Initially, LSU appeared to be the frontrunner for Simon, but Texas’ persistent efforts paid off, ultimately winning him over. Since Steve Sarkisian took over in Austin, his staff has made Louisiana a key recruiting focus, marking Simon’s commitment as another significant victory in the state.

Here’s a closer look at the newest member of Texas’ 2025 class.

James Simon on Choosing Texas

“I would have to say their effort to show how much they want me and the relationship I have with them is big time. The program and what they are building are impressive. Coach Sark’s approach to both team and individual development is something I feel I’d thrive in.”

“(Running backs coach Tashard Choice) definitely plays a big role. He’s an amazing guy and an amazing coach. Everything he does is for a reason, aiming to help his players shine. He loves to coach, and while he gets the praise, it’s about his group of guys and making them better humans, which he enjoys most.”

Other Contenders

Initially, LSU was favored to land Simon according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. However, the Tigers secured commitments from two other running backs before Simon made his decision.

Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Alabama were also in contention. Despite looking like they were falling behind in the spring, Texas remained steadfast in their pursuit of Simon, ultimately securing his commitment.

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