3 key Texas football commits taking other official visits this fall

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One of the major focuses on the recruiting trail this fall for the Texas football program and head coach Steve Sarkisian. Texas is trying to keep together some of the core pieces in the 2023 recruiting class this fall and pick up a few more commits to round out this group before the first signing day in a few months.

Sark and the Longhorns staff currently hold commitments from 22 recruits in the 2023 class as of the evening of Sep. 30. According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2023 Texas recruiting class ranks at No. 3 in the nation only behind the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs.

If Texas wants to stick around and lock in a top three class in the nation for the 2023 cycle, then they’ll need to not only round out strong in the next few months but also hold onto the current commitments for the rest of the fall.

Texas football commits in the 2023 class that are visiting other schools officially this fall

The latter of those factors is one of the bigger concerns for the remainder of the fall. Especially on the defensive side of the ball, there are some key commits in the 2023 class that Texas will need to fend on some fierce competition to hold onto when it’s all said and done.

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This is a list chock full of defensive backs that are currently committed to the Longhorns 2023 class. We start the list off with the touted four-star Arlington-Seguin safety Jamel Johnson.

The first commitment to the Longhorns 2023 class, Johnson was a foundational part of this defensive back core since November 2021.

Johnson is apparently still keeping his options open to some degree, though. He’s set to take an official visit to Oxford to see the Ole Miss Rebels on Oct. 1. He will be in town in Oxford for an important game for head coach Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss against the No. 7 Kentucky Wildcats this weekend.

Ole Miss has continued to press Johnson on the recruiting trail this fall. In fact, the Rebels stayed in communication with Johnson since they originally offered him back in January 2022.

It’s also worth noting that Johnson took an official visit during the summer (specifically in late June) to Fayetteville to see the Arkansas Razorbacks. It looks like Johnson has a few lines of communication open this fall with some competing SEC schools on the recruiting trail.