Predicting Texas football’s next 2023 commit after Malik Muhammad

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The 2023 Texas football recruiting class kept the momentum going on the trail this week thanks to another highly touted commitment that arrived for head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff on July 20. Texas reeled in a commitment from the elite five-star South Oak Cliff cornerback Malik Muhammad on July 20 to push the 2023 class to 19 recruits.

Landing this commitment from Muhammad brings the Longhorns 2023 class up to 13 blue-chips. Of those 13 blue-chips, four have that elusive five-star ranking at least at one or two of the major recruiting ranking services.

The other three five-star commits in the Longhorns 2023 class at the moment are DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook, Westgate (LA) safety Derek Williams, and Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning.

More could be on the way for the Longhorns in terms of blue-chip additions to the 2023 class in the near future too. That process will start with Sark and the Longhorns staff hosting a successful visit weekend for the Texas July BBQ starting around July 28.

For the time being, though, it’s hard to overstate the importance of Texas filling out the defensive 2023 class the way this staff has of late, especially with the likes of Williams and Muhammad. Landing this duo of five-star defensive backs will take this defense to another level in the near future.

What’s next for Texas football in the 2023 class after 5-Star CB Malik Muhammad?

Moreover, here’s a look at a prediction of the next commit in the Longhorns 2023 class after landing Muhammad on July 20.

Derion Gullette, LB/EDGE

With Texas landing a commitment from yet another top target on the board for the 2023 class this summer, there will be even more attention now placed on the looming decision from the highly touted four-star Marlin (TX) edge rusher/linebacker Derion Gullette. Texas has long made Gullette a key priority along the defensive front in the 2023 class.

And the Longhorns continue to look like the pacesetter in this recruitment heading into the stretch run of the summer months. Gullette recently dropped his three finalist schools on social media last week. His top group of three schools includes the Texas A&M Aggies, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Texas.

What most people are following next in the recruitment of Gullette is a potential visit that he could take to College Station to see Texas A&M during the final weekend of this month. If Gullette does take that visit to College Station next weekend, that could be the final hurdle for the Longhorns staff to get over before reeling in a possible commitment from this blue-chip edge rusher.

Ohio State does still have a chance here, but Texas likely remains in the driver’s seat heading into the fall.

Gullette remains one of the most important remaining pieces in the Longhorns 2023 class ahead of the fall. He is one of the top priorities among edge rushers in the 2023 class along with other four-stars in Braylan Shelby and Colton Vasek.

It would still take something pretty major shifting in Gullette’s recruitment for the pendulum of momentum to swing away from Texas.