3 2023 blue-chip recruits Texas football could land in August

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The attention is shifting on the Forty Acres from the wave of momentum on the trail for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class during the summer to the practice field with fall camp now underway. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian just wrapped up the second day of fall practice on Aug. 4.

But there are still some very notable storylines to follow on the recruiting trail with the start of the 2022 season approaching in a few weeks. Sark and the Longhorns staff have some key visits and looming decisions to watch in the next couple of months that will be critical to how the 2023 class is able to round out.

As of the evening of Aug. 4, the Longhorns hold commitments from 20 recruits in the 2023 class. That is good enough to get the Longhorns 2023 class among the top five in the nation for this cycle.

Texas football recruits with important decision dates in August

Moreover, Texas can continue to challenge for the nation’s top-ranked 2023 class if they can have another solid month on the recruiting trail in August. With that in mind, here’s a look at three blue-chip recruits that the Longhorns can land in the 2023 class in August.

Derion Gullette, LB/EDGE

The next commitment date to watch for the Longhorns faithful among top targets of the 2023 class will come thanks to the highly touted four-star Teague (recently transferred from Marlin) edge rusher/linebacker Derion Gullette. Texas is involved in a top group of schools that also includes the Texas A&M Aggies and Ohio State Buckeyes ahead of his Aug. 5 decision date.

The announcement from Gullette late this week is set to specifically come at 3 p.m. CT on Aug. 5. And this decision looks like it will boil down to the Lone Star Showdown rivals Texas and Texas A&M. Ohio State made a late push for him on the recruiting trail this summer, but it likely wasn’t enough to get Gullette interested in taking his talents out of state.

It’s hard to find too many sources and/or outlets taking the side of the Aggies over the Longhorns in the race to land a commitment from Gullette this week.

While it is important to note that the Aggies and head coach Jimbo Fisher did receive the final in-person visit from Gullette prior to his commitment date, it looks like they didn’t makeup quite enough ground to catch Texas.

I would be lying, though, if I said that I’m more than 60 or 70 percent confident (when reading all the tea leaves) that Texas will get a commitment from Gullette on Aug. 5.

This decision will boil down to whether Texas A&M was able to convince Gullette to get caught up in their recent wave of momentum in the last week or so or if Texas can hold on through the finish line.