Next weekend, action on the trail for Texas football recruiting will drastically pick up once again. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian are likely going to host at least a couple dozen targets of the 2023, 2024, and 2025 recruiting classes, in the midst of the big-time game weekend on Sep. 10 against the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.
And one of the key targets for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail this fall that Sark and his staff are trying to get on the books for an official visit in the near future is the highly touted four-star South Oak Cliff cornerback and Texas A&M Aggies commit Jayvon Thomas. Texas looks to still be in pursuit of Thomas, despite his spring commitment to the Aggies.
In fact, it looks as if the special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks and the Longhorns have only heightened the consistency of the communication efforts with Thomas in the last month or so.
Thomas could be one of multiple South Oak Cliff defensive backs that Texas tries to bring into the fold on signing day this year. With Thomas’ teammate and fellow four-star SOC corner Malik Muhammad already committed to Texas, it makes sense for the Horns to keep their foot on the gas in this recruitment.
According to Gerry Hamilton of Inside Texas (paid content), Texas is still keeping in communication with Thomas heading into the fall. And we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of Texas getting Thomas on campus for an official visit at some point this season.
Texas football working toward an OV with 4-Star Texas A&M CB commit Jayvon Thomas?
With Thomas still having all five of his official visits open this fall, it’s very plausible that he gets both Texas and Texas A&M on the books for various game weekend trips in the near future.
Yet, there are some conflicting reports regarding the status of the recruitment of Thomas. A report from Tim Verghese of On3 on Aug. 31 indicated that Thomas has shut down his recruitment. But the buzz around Texas right now seems to be that the line of communication is still open with Thomas.
This is creating a very intriguing situation between the Lone Star Showdown rivals in this emerging battle on the recruiting trail. If Texas can get Thomas on the books for an official visit this fall, that would really heighten the stakes for the Aggies to keep the commitment of Thomas heading into signing day.
That is the goal, though, for the Longhorns if this staff is going to continue to seriously prioritize the effort to flip the commitment of Thomas from Texas A&M. Texas must get a visit scheduled soon with Thomas.
Moreover, what also makes this recruitment so interesting if the Longhorns are really prioritizing Thomas is the impact that this could have on the pursuit of the five-star Arlington-Martin cornerback Javien Toviano. Texas made it pretty clear throughout the offseason that Toviano was one of the top priorities among defensive targets of the 2023 class.
The 2023 class would start to get pretty crowded at cornerback if Texas is able to get commitments from both Toviano and Thomas by the first signing period to go along with the three other DBs already in the mix.
The trio of Texas defensive back commits in the 2023 class at the moment includes four-star Arlington-Seguin safety Jamel Johnson, five-star Westgate (LA) safety Derek Williams, and the aforementioned SOC corner Muhammad. Adding a commitment from either Toviano or Thomas would be a great way for the Longhorns to round out the DB recruiting in the 2023 class this fall.