3 Auburn commits Texas football should flip after Bryan Harsin firing

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Another big domino fell around the college football coaching landscape this week, which is something that can always impact Texas football on the recruiting trail when another blue blood program is involved.

On Oct. 31, the Auburn Tigers parted ways with head coach Bryan Harsin after he spent less than two full seasons with the program. The only full season that Harsin spent as the Auburn head coach was last year, where he posted a record of 6-7 (3-5 SEC).

But Auburn took a step back this season posting a record of 3-5 through the first eight games under Harsin. The final straw for Harsin as the Auburn head coach was the 41-27 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks last weekend.

Moreover, anytime a head coach is let go from a blue blood program so close to signing day, that can be something that works in Texas’ favor on the recruiting trail. We’re likely going to see some attrition in the next few months both in terms of Auburn’s current roster and any recruits committed to the school.

Blue-chip Auburn commits Texas football could try to flip after the firing of Bryan Harsin

Here’s a look at three Auburn commits that Texas could try and flip after the firing of Harsin this week.

Adam Hopkins, WR

One of the remaining positions of focus for the Longhorns in the 2023 recruiting class is wide receiver. After missing out on the highly touted four-star Longview wide receiver Jalen Hale to the Alabama Crimson Tide a little more than one month ago, the issues with wideout recruiting compounded with the de-commitment of the rising four-star Spring Dekaney product Jonah Wilson on Oct. 1.

It looks as if Texas is still pushing for a handful of wide receiver targets on the recruiting trail, namely the highly touted four-star Louisville Cardinals commit and St. John Bosco product DeAndre Moore Jr. and four-star Notre Dame Fighting Irish commit/Austin Westlake product Jaden Greathouse. That essentially leaves the bulk of the remaining wide receiver targets for the Longhorns 2023 class committed to other schools at the moment.

And one more name that Texas could probably add to the list of possible wideout targets for the 2023 class to potentially flip this fall is the touted four-star Auburn commit/Thomas County Central (GA) product Adam Hopkins.

The 6-foot and 170-pound Hopkins looks like an ideal fit as either a slot or x-wide receiver given his speed and stature. He’s a quick and wirey slot wideout with legit track speed. Hopkins has also put above-average ball skills and route-running ability on display coming out of high school.

It’s worth noting that it already looked like Hopkins was exploring other options prior to the firing of Harsin this week. He took an official visit to Arkansas on Oct. 1 (which came a few weeks after his Auburn commitment on Sep. 15) and is scheduled to take an OV to Kansas State when the Wildcats face Texas this weekend (specifically on Nov. 5).

If Kansas State is involved in this recruitment, I don’t doubt Sark, new wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator, and the Longhorns could make their pitch to Hopkins too.