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The Texas Longhorns enter the early signing period with the nation's No. 4 recruiting class, a group that is loaded with star power. 

Arch Manning, the nation's No. 1 overall prospect, is not only the gem of this group, he's the nation's biggest prize.

The nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning broke both of his uncles' most cherished records at Isidore Newman (Louisiana), and, amid some backlash, had the type of senior season that quieted his doubters. 

But he's far from the only potential superstar in this group.

Here's are the position-by-position grades for the class*:

*Grades are subject to change based on new commitments/decommitments and will be updated 

Quarterback: A+

5-star QB Arch Manning (Isidore Newman; Louisiana)

Does this grade really need an explanation?

Arch Manning, the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning, broke their school records at Isidore Newman and is the top-rated prospect in America.

Although there was some pushback about his ranking as the nation's top prospect, he quieter many doubters with a stellar senior campaign.

Not only is Arch an immense talent, but upon committing he also immediately sparked a Texas hot streak in which the Longhorns secured eight pledges over the next week.

He's a Pied Piper recruit, and his committed should pay dividends on and of the field for years to come.

Running back: A+

5-star RB Cedric Baxter Jr. (Edgewater; Florida)

3-star RB Tre Wisner (DeSoto; Texas)

After losing in-state El Campo five-star running back Rueben Owens early in the process (June 2021), Texas managed to pivot and find what arguably equal (or better) talent.

Edgewater five-star running back Cedric Baxter Jr. is the 247Sports composite No. 1 back in America and chose the Longhorns over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC and many others.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound ball-carrier is a do-it-all back.

The next Bijan Robinson? Those are lofty expectations, as Bijan may be a generational talent. But Baxter could be special in Austin.

Tre Wisner gives Texas a different kind of back - and helps further establish a pipeline to power program DeSoto.

That's a win-win for Steve Sarkisian. 

Wide receiver: INC

5-star WR Johntay Cook II (DeSoto; Texas)

4-star WR Ryan Niblett (Eisenhower; Texas)

Texas is considered the heavy favorite to flip DeAndre Moore Jr. from Louisville, which would significantly bolster this group.

He's the nation's No. 16 pass-catcher. 

Regardless, Johntay Cook II is the unquestioned headliner here. 

The 6-foot, 175-pound pass-catcher is the nation's No. 35 overall prospect and No. 6 wide receiver. 

As Cook continues to hone his technique he has a chance to be a dangerous route-runner who can make defenders pay in open space. 

Ryan Niblett is rated the nation's No. 70 overall prospect and No. 11 wide receiver 

Tight end: B

3-star TE Spencer Shannon (Mater Dei; California)

3-star TE Will Randle (Isidore Newman; Louisiana)

How badly did Texas want to address the tight end position?

The Longhorns offered almost as many tight ends (14) as linebackers (16) during the 2023 recruiting cycle. 

Of the 14 Sarkisian's staff offered, they landed the lowest two rated in the group. 

But that doesn't tell the whole story.

Mater Dei's Spencer Shannons is a 6-foot-7, 240-pound jumbo pass-catcher who became a hot commodity late in the recruiting process, adding offers from Notre Dame, Texas, UCLA and Washington.

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Sometimes quarterback-tight end production boils down to the connection, and Will Randle has been a securing blanket for Manning at Isidore Newman during their high school careers.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound pass-catcher chose Texas over offers from Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Miami and others.

This was a difficult position to grade, because it's hard t separate the "hit rate" from the result.

Based on who Texas offered, there were a lot of misses this cycle.

However, the end result is a pair of quality pass-catchers with upside. 

Offensive line: B

4-star OL Jaydon Chatman (Harker Heights; Texas)

3-star OL Trevor Goosby (Melissa; Texas)

3-star OL Payton Kirkland (Dr. Phillips; Florida)

3-star OL Connor Stroh (Wakeland; Texas)

3-star OL Andre Cojoe (Mansfield Timberview; Texas)

Depth and size are the names of the game for this group.

Texas sought to add bulk to protect Manning and did so with this group. albeit without a lot of star power.

Jaydon Chatman is the headliner, as he's rated the nation's No. 9 interior offensive lineman.

Trevor Goosby (6-6, 280), Payton Kirland (6-6, 345), Connor Stroh (6-6, 345) and Andre Cojoe (6-6, 345) all have a chance to develop in time.

But again, the key to this class was monstrous size.

And Texas has clearly accomplished that. 

Defensive line: B+

4-star EDGE Colton Vasek (Westlake; Texas)

4-star DL Sydir Mitchell (Bergen Catholic; New Jersey)

Flipping Colton Vasek from Oklahoma was a major recruiting win for the Longhorns.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound pass-rusher held nearly 40 scholarship offers during his recruitment and could play a variety of positions in the Texas front.

Sydir Mitchell is a true interior defensive lineman whose 6-foot-5, 335-pound prize is hard to come by. 

Texas lost the commitment of versatile four-star defensive lineman Dylan Spencer late to Texas Tech, which dropped this grade slightly. 

Linebacker: B+

4-star EDGE Derion Gullette (Teague; Texas)

4-star LB S’Maje Burrell (North Crowley; Texas)

4-star LB Liona Lefau (Kahulu; Hawaii)

3-star EDGE Billy Walton (South Oak Cliff; Texas)

Derion Guliette, the nation's No. 19 edge-rusher, committed to Texas over offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame and many others.

S'Maje Burrell is the nation's No. 20 linebacker.

Liona Lefau is the top prospect in the state of Hawaii and chose the Longhorns following official visits to Oregon and Utah.