Among the top remaining uncommitted targets for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class heading into the fall is the elite five-star Arlington-Martin cornerback Javien Toviano. Texas really has two key defensive back targets outstanding for the 2023 class heading into the fall.
And the other one is the highly touted four-star Woodlawn (LA) cornerback Jordan Matthews. Last week, Matthews took to social media to declare his top three finalist schools and his Aug. 15 decision date.
Moreover, if cornerbacks coach Terry Joseph and the Longhorns could get a commitment in the 2023 class from Toviano along with Matthews later this month, that would be the perfect way to round out DB recruiting for this cycle. But getting a commitment out of Toviano looks to be a much taller task at this point of the offseason for the Longhorns than Matthews.
That is partly due to the recent push that some other competing schools on the recruiting trail among the top group for Toviano were able to make this summer. A few of those other top schools on the recruiting trail competing with Texas in the race to land a commitment from Toviano are the Texas A&M Aggies, LSU Tigers, and Michigan Wolverines.
But it looks like the two schools that Texas will be duking it out with as Toviano closes in on a decision likely in the next couple of months are Texas A&M and LSU. If Toviano decides to keep his talents in-state, then this will turn into a vintage battle on the trail between the Longhorns and Aggies.
On the other hand, if Toviano decides to take his talents out of state, then it looks like that would clearly benefit LSU.
Most of the buzz surrounding Toviano’s recruitment in the last few weeks is that LSU made a big move during his unofficial visit to Baton Rouge back on July 29. LSU is definitely the hot commodity right now among the top schools for Toviano.
5-Star Texas football CB target Javien Toviano could take his talents out of state
And a report from Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports on Aug. 8 (paid content) gives another indication of why LSU is a contender to take seriously as Toviano begins to wind up the recruitment process. Toviano reportedly is “leaning more towards out of state” when it comes to decision time for him.
And while you could still consider Michigan a factor if Toviano is destined to leave the state of Texas, the obvious choice at this point of his recruitment is likely LSU.
It sounds like, while Texas sits in a good position at the moment for Toviano, Texas A&M and LSU are really going push hard down the stretch. There probably isn’t a whole lot of time left either for Toviano’s top schools to make an impression heading into the fall.
Toviano likely will take all four of his remaining official visits this fall. But some of those official visits could take place after he’s already made a decision publicly. The plan throughout most of the offseason to date for Toviano looked to be deciding prior to the start of his senior high school season.
Texas currently holds commitments from 21 recruits in the 2023 class after landing four-star Teague (TX) linebacker/edge rusher Derion Gullette on Aug. 5. There are also three blue-chip defensive backs committed to the Longhorns 2023 class at the moment between five-star Westgate (LA) safety Derek Williams, five-star South Oak Cliff cornerback Malik Muhammad, and four-star Arlington-Seguin safety Jamel Johnson.