4-Star DL Sydir Mitchell is the monster Texas football needs in trenches

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A decision that was expected to go in favor of the Georgia Bulldogs at some point this summer is actually starting to look rather favorable for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class. The decision we’re talking about here could soon be coming from the touted and massive four-star Bergen Catholic (NJ) defensive lineman Sydir Mitchell.

Defensive line coach Bo Davis and even offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood have made a huge push on the recruiting trail of late to get Mitchell in the Longhorns 2023 class this summer. That included a seemingly successful official visit a couple of weeks ago where Texas looked to push all the right buttons with Mitchell and his camp.

Texas looks to have found its stride of late in the race to land a commitment from Mitchell. This is big since the Longhorns want to really get some bigger bodies on the inside to anchor this interior defensive line.


And it’s hard to find a better way for Davis and the Longhorns to get a better presence among capable big-bodied interior defensive linemen than by landing a commitment from the 6-foot-6 and 340-pound Mitchell. He is a monster of a human being that could anchor this interior defensive line at the nose tackle position for years to come.

Texas football now trending for 4-Star priority DL target Sydir Mitchell

Knowing how valuable Mitchell could be to the defensive front in the 2023 class, the Longhorns have made him a true priority in the last few months. He has made his way to campus for two visits since April. That included his official visit to Austin back on the weekend of June 17-19.

There was a time when Mitchell was considered a pretty heavy Georgia lean, but the push that the Longhorns made on the recruiting trail in the last few weeks especially has started to allow them to set the pace in this recruitment. Multiple expert forecasts have projected Texas to land the commitment of Mitchell when he announces.

The more than half-dozen expert forecasts between Rivals, On3, and 247Sports in the last 48 hours alone projecting Mitchell to land with the Longhorns is a good indication that a decision could be coming before too long. And with how much Texas has pushed in this recruitment of late, it wouldn’t be surprising to eventually see Mitchell as one of the mainstays in the 2023 class along the defensive front.

Texas is going to need some SEC-caliber defensive linemen to help them compete in the trenches a couple of years down the line. And Mitchell fits that exact billing of what the Longhorns are going to need as a sneaky athletic and insanely overpowering interior defensive lineman.

Pete Kwiatkowski could be getting the nose tackle he needs to really set the tone in the trenches if Texas can land a commitment from Mitchell. His ability to use his overwhelming power and low center of gravity to get off blocks quickly off the line of scrimmage makes Mitchell a real problem in the trenches.

Mitchell also has already shown the ability to be a standout run stopper up the middle while being able to use his force and drive off the line of scrimmage to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The attention Mitchell commands in the interior also helps his fellow defensive linemen/edge rushers have an easier time getting to opposing quarterbacks.

All in all, there are multiple reasons why Texas fans should be excited if Mitchell can join this 2023 class in the near future. His recruitment is certainly trending the way of the Longhorns in the last few days, which could further the momentum that head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff have found on the recruiting trail in the last couple of weeks.

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Texas has more than doubled the size of the 2023 class in the last eight days. After landing a commitment from the elite five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning back on June 23, Texas has gone on an unforgettable and historic run on the recruiting trail for the 2023 class. That has now culminated in three five-star commits, and 17 recruits total, that are now in the Longhorns 2023 class as of the morning of July 1.