Predicting Texas football’s next 2023 commit after 4-Star Colton Vasek

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Steve Sarkisian, Texas football
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A big week for the 2023 Texas football recruiting class is bound to continue into the weekend. So far this week, Texas has amassed an insane visitor list for the highly anticipated matchup against the undefeated and No. 4 ranked TCU Horned Frogs and flipped one key commit from the rival Oklahoma Sooners.

The big commitment that the Longhorns landed in the 2023 class this week is the highly touted four-star Austin Westlake edge rusher and the ex-Oklahoma pledge Colton Vasek. On Nov. 8, Texas was able to flip the commitment of Vasek from the Sooners to bolster a position of need in the 2023 class.

This is obviously a major win on the recruiting trail for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns to flip Vasek from the Sooners. Texas was chipping away at Vasek’s pledge to Oklahoma since he joined them late in the summer. And it finally paid off earlier this week.

Vasek brings the Longhorns 2023 class up to 21 commits, which is the number of scholarship recruits Texas had in the mix to start the week. That was the number at least before Texas lost the commitment of four-star Arlington Seguin safety Jamel Johnson on Nov. 7.

According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2023 Texas recruiting class now ranks at No. 6 in the nation and in the top spot in the Big 12 ahead of Oklahoma.

Who’s next for Texas football in the 2023 recruiting class after landing Colton Vasek?

Here’s a look at who the next commit could be in the Longhorns 2023 class after Vasek’s pledge.

Jelani McDonald, ATH

One of the likeliest additions for the Longhorns 2023 class in the near future is the former Oklahoma State Cowboys four-star commit and Waco Connally athlete Jelani McDonald. Texas has done a nice job with the recruitment of McDonald thus far.

Within the last month alone, Texas has offered and hosted McDonald on a visit, leading to his de-commitment from Oklahoma State a couple of weeks ago. Texas made quick work of McDonald’s commitment to the Pokes.

And Texas can make another big move in the recruitment of McDonald this weekend, when he’s set to take his official visit to Austin for the TCU game on Nov. 12.

I wouldn’t doubt that Texas could make a move to begin locking down this recruitment if McDonald has a successful official visit to Austin this weekend. Texas is set to host McDonald on his second visit for a game weekend in the last four weeks. And this one has the potential to make the best impression yet if Texas can manage to defeat the No. 4 team in the country.

The combination of how quickly Texas has made a real impression with McDonald and his camp along with some of the indicators showing up that he is firmly trending to Texas makes me think that this is a good bet for the next commitment to the Longhorns 2023 class following Vasek.