Attention shifts from the forty acres of the Momentum Wave on the track for the Texas Football Recruiting Class of 2023 during the summer to the training ground with the fall camp underway. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian just completed the second day of fall training Aug. 4.
But there are still some very notable stories to follow on the recruiting trail with the start of the 2022 season just weeks away. Sark and the Longhorns staff have key visits and looming decisions to watch over the next two months that will be critical to how the Class of 2023 can end.
As of the evening of Aug. 4, the Longhorns hold commitments of 20 rookies from the Class of 2023. That’s good enough to place the 2023 Longhorns class among the top five in the nation for this cycle.
Texas football recruits with important decision dates in August
Additionally, Texas can continue to challenge the nation’s top-ranked Class of 2023 if it can have another strong month on the recruiting trail in August. With that in mind, here’s a look at three top rookies the Longhorns can land in the 2023 class in August.
Derion Gullette, LB/EDGE
The next commitment date to watch for the Longhorns faithful among the top targets in the Class of 2023 will come thanks to highly touted four-star Teague (recently transferred from Marlin) rusher/linebacker Derion Gullette. Texas is involved in a top-tier group of schools that also includes the Texas A&M Aggies and Ohio State Buckeyes ahead of its Aug. 5 decision date.
Gullette’s weekend announcement is expected to come specifically at 3:00 PM CT on August 5th. And that decision seems to come down to rivals Lone Star Showdown Texas and Texas A&M. Ohio State made a late push for him on the recruiting track this summer, but that probably wasn’t enough to interest Gullette in taking his talents out of state.
It’s hard to find too many sources and/or outlets siding with the Aggies against the Longhorns in the race to land a Gullette commitment this week.
While it’s important to note that the Aggies and head coach Jimbo Fisher received Gullette’s last in-person visit before his commitment date, it appears they don’t have enough ground to catch up on the Texas.
I’d be lying, though, if I said I’m over 60 or 70 percent sure (reading all the tea leaves) that Texas will get a Gullette commitment on Aug. 5.
That decision will come down to whether Texas A&M has been able to convince Gullette to get caught up in its recent surge of momentum over the past week or if Texas can hold on to the finish line.