Notable news on the trail emerged this week concerning a former priority target of the 2023 Texas football recruiting class for head coach Steve Sarkisian and cornerbacks coach Terry Joseph. With the highly touted four-star La Grange cornerback Bravion Rogers decommitting from the rival Texas A&M Aggies on Aug. 8, the idea emerged in various Texas discussions this week that Sark and Joseph could try and get him in their 2023 class.
And why wouldn’t Sark, Joseph, and the Longhorns kick the tires on the possibility of getting Rogers’ commitment to the Forty Acres?
Rogers was a clear top target among defensive backs for the Longhorns 2023 class prior to his April 12 commitment to Texas A&M. And once Rogers was committed to the Aggies back in the spring, the Texas staff didn’t apparently push all that much with him.
That is likely to change now, though. Unless the Texas staff is happy with the current numbers among corners in the 2023 class, I would imagine Sark and Joseph at least try and get back in communication with Rogers this week.
Could Texas football make a real push to land former Texas A&M commit and 4-Star CB Bravion Rogers?
However, there is one school that appears to be the hot commodity in connection with Rogers following his Aug. 8 decommitment from Texas A&M.
New head coach Brian Kelly and the LSU Tigers are the school that seems to have the momentum right now in the re-opened race to land a commitment from Rogers. LSU was actually the last school to host Rogers for an unofficial visit this offseason.
In fact, LSU hosted Rogers for an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge back in late May, more than one month after his commitment to Texas A&M. LSU has also continued to say in communication with Rogers in the roughly four-month span of time that he was committed to the Aggies.
While I definitely wouldn’t consider Rogers to LSU a lock right now, they do have the makings of an emerging favorite to essentially flip him from Texas A&M. LSU holds a ton of momentum on the recruiting trail in their 2023 class at the moment, with six of their seven highest-rated commits joining the mix since the beginning of July.
It also makes sense that LSU is hot right now pursuing some top defensive back targets on the recruiting trail such as Rogers and the elite five-star Arlington-Martin corner Javien Toviano. LSU is set to lose multiple key defensive backs on this year’s squad to the NFL next year, including Jarrick Bernard-Converse, Greg Brooks Jr., Joe Foucha, Jay Ward, and even potentially Mekhi Gardner.
If LSU does wind up losing all of those starting defensive backs to the NFL Draft next offseason, that opens the door for key recruits such as Toviano and Rogers to get a shot to make an immediate impact. That is pretty appealing compared to a situation at Texas or Texas A&M where they could run into more competition for early reps at DB.
To sum this all up, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Texas making a real run at Rogers after his decommitment from Texas A&M earlier this week. But it could be challenging for any competing schools on the recruiting trail in pursuit of Rogers to beat out LSU this fall.