3 2023 recruits Texas football has on flip watch in November

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With the 2023 recruiting cycle winding down, Texas football is getting ready to put the finishing touches in place for the 2023 recruiting class in the next couple of months. Texas has a solid class in place right now, but there are roughly a dozen more priority targets that remain that this coaching staff is working on before the Early Signing Period in December.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns currently have commitments from 21 recruits in the 2023 class as of Oct. 26. Texas is likely looking to take a few more high school recruits in the 2023 class, and then leave the remaining spots for the NCAA Transfer Portal next offseason.

But a good portion of the remaining priority targets for the Longhorns 2023 class this fall are committed to other schools. Texas’ staff will have to continue to pry away at the commitments of these priority recruits to other programs.

Colton Vasek and the key Texas football recruits on flip watch in November

Who are the top recruits to put on flip watch for the Longhorns with the Early Signing Period approaching? Here’s a look at three that the Longhorns could flip in the next couple of months.

Colton Vasek, EDGE

The recruit that is most often being discussed on the Forty Acres of late that Texas is pushing to flip this fall is the highly touted four-star Austin Westlake edge rusher and Oklahoma Sooners commit Colton Vasek. Texas is trying to keep the local edge rusher in its backyard, a feat that got more difficult for this program in the last decade or so on the recruiting trail.

Vasek might be Texas’ top priority among edge rusher recruits at this point of the cycle. Texas is still trying to push for the likes of four-star Friendswood edge rusher and USC Trojans commit Braylan Shelby and four-star Skyridge (UT) edge rusher Tausili Akana. But Vasek is definitely getting the most attention on the recruiting trail among edge priorities for the Longhorns.

So far this season, Vasek was in attendance for three Texas games, two of which were at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. The other Texas game that Vasek attended was the Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 8, where he was a visitor of the Sooners.

Moreover, Vasek and Texas have continued to maintain consistent contact this fall. And if Texas keeps winning on the field and pressing hard for Vasek, while Oklahoma has some struggles, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this blue-chip edge rusher wearing the burnt orange next year.