Predicting every flip for Texas football before early signing day

Ja'Kobi Lane
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Ja’Kobi Lane, Texas football
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In about one week, the Early Signing Period will begin, meaning that any commitments to the 2023 Texas football recruiting class can finally sign on the dotted line. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian will likely be able to get at least 90-95 percent of the commitments to the 2023 class signed next week.

There might be some others that will continue to explore their options. And there will likely be at least a couple of recruits that the Longhorns keep eyes on until the traditional National Signing Day in February 2023.

As of Dec. 14, Texas holds commitments from 21 high school recruits in the 2023 class. And there is one commitment via the NCAA Transfer Portal in the 2023 class after Texas landed the former Stanford Cardinal senior punter and grad transfer Ryan Sanborn.

According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2023 Texas recruiting class ranks at No. 4 in the nation and in the top spot in the Big 12 ahead of the Oklahoma Sooners.

Texas is likely looking to get roughly two or three more recruits locked in the 2023 class when the Early Signing Period concludes. And almost every single one of those recruits the Longhorns are going after is currently committed elsewhere.

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With all of this in mind, here’s a look at a prediction of every flip that the Longhorns could pull off leading into the early signing day next week.

Ja’Kobi Lane, WR

Currently pledged to USC

There are a few wide receivers that Sark, wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion, and the Longhorns are still after leading up to early signing day next week. One of the two that the Longhorns have a real shot of flipping, though, is the highly touted four-star 6-foot-4 and 180-pound Mesa Red Mountain (AZ) wide receiver Ja’Kobi Lane.

The current USC Trojans pledge is someone that Marion and the Longhorns have not let up on in the last couple of months. Marion is expected to visit Lane this week before it comes to decision time for the blue-chip Arizona wideout.

Texas has made a big move with Lane and hung around in this recruitment for the last few months to put some real pressure on USC’s staff. Sark, Marion, and the Longhorns made a real impression on Lane coming out of his Nov. 12 official visit to Austin.

And it now looks as if Texas could turn this into something of a 50/50 decision for Lane come signing day. The visit that Marion takes to Arizona to see Lane could be crucial when it comes to the final decision for Lane, though.