3 rival school commits Arch Manning can help Texas football flip

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Colton Vasek, EDGE

It couldn’t get more obvious of late who Manning is publicly recruiting the most among the priority defensive targets in the Longhorns 2023 class. Arch clearly wants the highly touted four-star Oklahoma Sooners commit and Austin Westlake edge rusher Colton Vasek to flip his commitment to the Longhorns before signing day.

Manning is relentlessly recruiting Vasek, which was painfully apparent when Vasek took yet another visit for a game weekend to Austin to see Texas battle Iowa State on Oct. 15. He was even seen on the sidelines chopping it up with Vasek during that game over the weekend.

It’s also worth mentioning that Arch apparently gave Vasek “a ton to think about” coming out of last weekend’s visit to the Forty Acres.

Vasek was in attendance now for three Texas games this fall, also including the loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide at home on Sep. 10 and the dominant win over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry game in Dallas on Oct. 8.

The more times Vasek visits Texas, especially to see them win at DKR, the more I believe there is traction between this staff and his camp. If Texas keeps trending in the right direction on the field and new head coach Brent Venables and the Sooners keep having shaky performances, I wouldn’t rule out any possibilities in this recruitment in the next couple of months.

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Texas could use one or two more edge rusher commits in the 2023 class to round out recruiting at the position for this cycle. And Vasek might be the highest-priority edge rusher recruit this fall ahead of the likes of four-star Skyridge (UT) product Tausili Akana and four-star USC Trojans commit Braylan Shelby.