FSU is a ‘threat’ to Texas football to flip 5-Star RB Cedric Baxter Jr.

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One of the highest-rated commits in the 2023 Texas football recruiting class is the elite five-star Edgewater (FL) running back Cedric Baxter Jr. Baxter was one of the premier commitments that head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff landed in the 2023 class during the summer during the wave of momentum that was found on the recruiting trail after the June pledge of the five-star Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning.

But there is some chatter surrounding the recruitment and potential flip watch for Baxter since he took an unofficial visit to Tallahassee last weekend for a game with the Florida State Seminoles. The visit that Baxter took to Florida State a little more than one week ago didn’t look to be something that was too much of a cause for concern at the time.

That narrative appears to be potentially shifting, though, with Baxter getting on the books for a return visit to Florida State later this week.

Baxter will take an official visit to Tallahassee on Oct. 29 to see Florida State face the ACC foe Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The fact that Baxter is set to return to Tallahassee for another official visit just two weeks after he took an unofficial trip to see Florida State should be something to pay attention to watch.

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And according to a report from Chad Simmons of On3 on Oct. 24, Florida State has now “become a real threat to Texas” in the recruitment of Baxter. Simmons also mentioned that he thinks “the interest is there” for Baxter with Florida State.

Texas is going to have to continue to fend off some of the big Florida schools to retain the commitment of Baxter before signing day. It looks like the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes will also continue to push to flip the commitment of Baxter from Texas before the first signing day in a couple of months.

However, I’m still not at the point of setting off the alarm in this recruitment. Following the unofficial visit to Tallahassee on Oct. 15, Baxter reaffirmed his commitment to Texas.

And this isn’t the first time that an elite recruit such as Baxter is taking visits before signing somewhere a couple of months before signing day, and it won’t be the last. Whether there is legit interest here or Baxter is just doing his due diligence, I wouldn’t be too concerned yet about the status of his commitment to Texas.

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Texas currently holds commitments from 21 recruits in the 2023 class as of Oct. 25. Baxter is one of two running backs committed to the Longhorns 2023 class with the other being the touted four-star DeSoto product Tre Wisner.