3 flips Texas football can snag from rival schools this fall

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Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian gives his players orders during warmups. Texas Tech took on the University of Texas at Austin at Darrell K. Royal stadium in Austin, Texas on Sept. 25, 2021.Aem Texas Vs Texas Tech 4 /

Heading into the fall, there are still some finishing touches that need to be made in the 2023 Texas football recruiting class to go into the first signing day on a high note. Texas has a really solid 2023 class in place at the conclusion of the summer months, but there is still more work to do on the recruiting trail this fall.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns staff did nice work on the recruiting trail this summer, getting the 2023 class up to 2022 commits as we near the conclusion of fall camp. Texas also has a few five-star commits in the mix heading into the fall highlighted by the elite Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning, DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook, and Westgate (LA) safety Derek Williams.

According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2023 Texas recruiting class ranks at No. 2 in the nation, only behind the Alabama Crimson Tide. Texas is also tied with Alabama for the most top-50 rated commits in the 2023 class, each having five.

Yet, there are still some areas that the Longhorns would like to address in the 2023 class heading into the fall. And one of the sources that Texas could look to address those needs is by way of other recruiting classes.

Key recruits committed to rival schools that Texas football could recruit through the whistle this fall

With that in mind, here’s a look at three flips the Longhorns could go after in the 2023 class from rival schools this fall.


Avion Carter, DL

An early target that defensive line coach Bo Davis and the Longhorns were after for the 2023 class since last offseason is the four-star TCU Horned Frogs commit and Amarillo-Tascosa defensive lineman Avion Carter. But Texas ultimately wound up missing out on Carter when he committed to TCU on an official visit back on the weekend of June 11.

Carter was originally scheduled to officially visit Texas two weekends after his trip to Fort Worth to see Texas. But clearly, that trip to Austin, originally set for the weekend of June 24, was canceled following his commitment to the Horned Frogs on June 12.

Despite Carter’s early summer commitment to TCU, it sounds like Davis and the Longhorns are still keeping the option open for communication with the Amarillo native heading into the fall. I would imagine that Carter is more of a backup option depending on how things play out on the recruiting trail with some of the other top defensive line targets for Texas in the next couple of months.

Some of the high-priority defensive line targets for the Longhorns 2023 class are the elite five-star Katy-Paetow product David Hicks, four-star Garland-Naaman Forest product Markis Deal, and four-star Jacksonville-Westside product Jordan Hall.

If Texas misses out on all three of those defensive line targets in the 2023 class this fall, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Davis and this staff pushing harder to flip Carter. I definitely wouldn’t rule that out if Deal winds up committing to TCU.