Can Texas football land 5-Star CB Malik Muhammad this week?

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It looks like the next event worth watching on the offseason timeline for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class will come on July 20. This decision will come from the elite five-star South Oak Cliff cornerback Malik Muhammad.

Texas remained a major player in the race to land a commitment from Muhammad throughout the spring and summer months. The pursuit of Muhammad really heated up for the Longhorns after his official visit to Austin last month.

That even led to Texas getting some real favor from the major recruiting services in the race to land a commitment from Muhammad in the last couple of weeks. The combination of the smoke surrounding Texas and Muhammad along with his announcement date being set on social media for July 20 has really built the anticipation for a potential late July run on the recruiting trail for the 2023 class.

Multiple Longhorns commits in the 2023 class have tweeted about something big happening on July 20, which is the same day as Muhammad’s scheduled commitment.

The two Texas commits that were busy on social media on July 19 building up some hype for July 20 were three-star South Oak Cliff edge rusher Billy Walton and five-star DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook.

Hype is building for Texas football on the recruiting trail ahead of Malik Muhammad’s decision

It just so happens that Walton and Cook are two of the closest recruits in the 2023 class with Muhammad. Walton is Muhammad’s teammate and cousin. Meanwhile, Cook and Muhammad are close friends as they both hail out of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Gerry Hamilton and Bobby Burton of Inside Texas also mentioned the momentum that Texas has in the DFW-Metroplex, and specifically with Muhammad, late this month.

All this seems to be building up to a potential big-time commitment from Muhammad in the middle of this week.

Texas currently sits in the midst of a top group of three schools for Muhammad ahead of his July 20 decision that also includes the Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M Aggies. It still looks like Alabama isn’t ruled out in the race to land Muhammad’s pledge. But it’s hard to see Texas A&M getting this commitment after Muhammad announced a decision date roughly one week prior to when his official visit was scheduled with the Aggies.

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Texas currently holds commitments from 18 recruits in the 2023 class as of the afternoon of July 19. According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2023 Texas recruiting class ranks at No. 5 in the nation.