Which successes did Texas football recruiting find in trying to flip talented prospects from the Baylor Bears to their own classes of late?
Decisive, and much needed, news arrived for the 2021 Texas football recruiting class and fourth-year head coach Tom Herman on the afternoon of Nov. 18, with the flip of a four-star Baylor Bears defensive tackle commit. Texas managed to flip the commitment of the former Baylor four-star DeSoto 6-foot-1 and 290 pound defensive tackle Byron Murphy II on Wednesday afternoon.
That puts the Longhorns 2021 recruiting class in a much better position just one month removed from the end of the Early Signing Period (Dec. 18). Texas now has 19 commitments in their 2021 class, two of which they landed in the last four days alone. Two of those 19 commits (both blue chips) will also help fill out the front seven for Texas in the near future.
According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2021 Texas recruiting class is holding steady at No. 17 in the nation, and remains behind head coach Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma Sooners in the second spot in the Big 12. That’s not the ideal spot for any cycle for the Longhorns in the national class rankings just ahead of the Early Signing Period, but maybe there are better fortunes to come on the trail in the near future.
There is a notable recent trend for the Longhorns where they are able to flip key commits from Baylor, thanks to a number of reasons. Usually coaching instability and problematic program direction tops the list. Granted Texas doesn’t seem to be in the best place at the moment in those categories.
Nonetheless, here’s a deeper look into three recent flips that the Longhorns got from former Baylor commits.