Predicting Texas football’s next 2023 commit after Sydir Mitchell

Steve Sarkisian, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The massive wave of momentum of late on the trail for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class kept on building during the holiday weekend by landing a commitment from the sizable and touted four-star Bergen Catholic (NJ) defensive lineman Sydir Mitchell. Texas got the 18th commit in the 2023 class by landing Mitchell on the evening of July 3.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff are on fire on the recruiting trail this summer. Since landing a commitment from the elite five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning back on June 23, Texas has now nearly tripled the size of the 2023 class. Texas has also more than tripled the size of the 2023 class since June 13.

Of the nearly dozen commits that the Longhorns landed in the 2023 class since June 23, three are five-star recruits and four more are rated as four-stars. The other two five-star commits in the Longhorns 2023 class that have joined the mix since Arch committed last month are DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook and Westgate (LA) safety Derek Williams.

Texas football will look to seal the deal with a handful of remaining targets for the 2023 class this summer

Moreover, since the Longhorns are up to a whopping 18 commits at this point in the 2023 class, there aren’t all that many spots left available before the first signing period arrives in December. That will make it an interesting road ahead for the Longhorns as they try to round out a very promising 2023 class heading into the fall.

Here’s a look at a prediction of the next commit up in the Longhorns 2023 class after landing Mitchell on July 3.

Derion Gullette, EDGE

At this point of the summer, the top edge rusher target for the Longhorns in the 2023 class could very well be the highly touted four-star Marlin (TX) product Derion Gullette. Texas appears to be leading the likes of the Texas A&M Aggies, Oklahoma Sooners, and Ohio State Buckeyes as a potential decision could be just around the corner from this talented Cen-Tex edge rusher.

Gullette took official visits to Oklahoma (June 3), Ohio State (June 10), and Texas (June 17) last month. And he has an unofficial visit on the books for late July to Texas A&M. From what we could takeaway from his summer official visits last month, Ohio State probably made the biggest impression on Gullette outside of Texas.

But Texas should still hold a sizable edge on the Buckeyes heading into the fall.

The ideal scenario here for the Longhorns would obviously be to shut down this recruitment and get a decision from Gullette before he unofficially visits Texas A&M on the weekend of July 29.

It’s definitely not out of the cards for the Longhorns to get a commitment out of Gullette before he visits Texas A&M in a few weeks. That would be huge for the Longhorns to get one of the top two or three edge rusher targets in the 2023 class on board this month.