5-Star Texas football commit Malik Muhammad a ‘priority’ for Texas A&M

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Five-star South Oak Cliff cornerback Malik Muhammad is one of the highest-rated commits in the 2023 Texas football recruiting class heading into the fall. Muhammad committed to Texas’ 2023 class during that wave of momentum that head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff found on the recruiting trail during the summer months last offseason.

Since July 20, Muhammad’s commitment sits with the Longhorns 2023 class. But it does appear as if there are still a few notable suitors on the recruiting trail that will push for Muhammad’s commitment right through the end of this cycle.

Two of the main competitors on the recruiting trail at the moment for Texas with Muhammad are the Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M Aggies. Both Alabama and Texas A&M still remain in communication with Muhammad.

And Alabama is looking to get Muhammad set for an official visit to Tuscaloosa at some point this fall. The date that sticks out at this point as to when Alabama could schedule an official visit with Muhammad is on Oct. 8, when the Tide and head coach Nick Saban host head coach Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa.

There are a few other key defensive recruiting targets for the Tide that are also set to visit Tuscaloosa on that big-time game weekend against the Aggies, including the 2023 four-star Michigan State Spartans commit and Oklahoma edge rusher Bai Jobe.

Texas A&M, Alabama still in consistent contact with 5-Star Texas football CB commit Malik Muhammad

Moreover, while it seems like the chief competition for the Longhorns on the trail this fall to hang onto the commitment of Muhammad will be Alabama, we can’t completely count out Texas A&M. Fisher and the Aggies are still making it known how much they want Muhammad. And Texas A&M has continued to recruit Muhammad hard entering the fall, despite his July commitment to Texas.

According to a report from Drew Schott of On3 on Sep. 8 (exclusive content), Muhammad remains a “priority” for the Aggies this fall as one of their most important defensive recruits in-state on this side of the ball in the 2023 class.

In fact, Texas A&M reportedly outright told Muhammad that they’re going to recruit him until he puts pen to paper on signing day.

All in all, it is pretty well known that Muhammad’s pecking order at the moment is (in order from top to bottom) Texas, Alabama, and then Texas A&M. Alabama’s pursuit of Muhammad is obviously going to be something to monitor for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail throughout the fall.

Alabama focusing so much on one recruit, especially a defensive back as talented as Muhammad, can be dangerous for a program like Texas.

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Texas currently holds commitments from 22 recruits in the 2023 class as of the morning of Sep. 9. Muhammad and five-star Westgate (LA) safety Derek Williams highlight a talented group of defensive back commits in the Longhorns 2023 class, which also includes four-star Arlington-Seguin safety Jamel Johnson.