Predicting Texas football’s next 2023 commit after 5-Star Anthony Hill

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Steve Sarkisian, Texas football
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One of the final pieces was put in place in the 2023 Texas football recruiting class on Dec. 15 with head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff reeling in a commitment from the elite five-star Denton Ryan linebacker Anthony Hill Jr. Texas landed its highest priority target ahead of the start of the Early Signing Period (beginning on Dec. 21) by getting a pledge from the former Texas A&M Aggies commit Hill.

The job is far from over on the recruiting trail, though, for the Longhorns 2023 class as the cycle begins to wind down heading into the first National Signing Day. Texas is still likely looking to add a handful more commits among high school recruits in the 2023 class.

And then the rest of the spots in the Longhorns 2023 class will likely be reserved for NCAA Transfer Portal players.

But the fact of the matter is that Texas got its highest-priority recruit in the mix in the 2023 class among high school prospects and any targets currently in the transfer portal. Hill is a game-changer for the Longhorns 2023 class. And it helps to build some momentum at a great time for the coaching staff with less than one week remaining before the first signing day.

Who’s up next in the 2023 recruiting class for Texas football after landing 5-Star LB Anthony Hill?

Here’s a look at who the next high school commitment to the Longhorns 2023 class could be ahead of the first signing day after reeling in Hill on Dec. 15.

Ka’Morreun Pimpton, TE

There are two tight ends that remain firmly on the radar of the Longhorns 2023 class as we head into NSD1. One of those is the elite five-star Pinnacle (AZ) product Duce Robinson, who is likely going to draw out his recruitment until the traditional National Signing Day in February.

Texas is still battling it out with the likes of the USC Trojans and Georgia Bulldogs in the race to land a commitment from Robinson.

The more realistic priority tight end recruit for special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks and the Longhorns to get a pledge from in the near future is the gifted four-star Vanderbilt Commodores commit and Fort Worth North Crowley product Ka’Morreun Pimpton.

This lengthy and athletic 6-foot-6 tight end would be the third tight end in the Longhorns 2023 class if he does wind up landing on the Forty Acres when it comes to decision time.

But Pimpton could fill a different role for the Texas offense than the two commits at the position in the 2023 class at the moment. California native Spencer Shannon is a towering 6-foot-7 tight end that is more of a developmental player, while Louisiana native Will Randle is more of a natural in-line tight end that can get out to the flats and be a reliable target in the short passing game.

Meanwhile, the insane frame and versatility that Pimpton brings to the table as a receiving target mean he could be more like Ja’Tavion Sanders in this offense. Sanders can flex out as a boundary wideout or line up in line and then flex out to become a real weapon in the passing game.

Texas’ fate with Pimpton is likely going to come down to what happens during the Vanderbilt pledge’s official visit to Austin this weekend if that does wind up coming to fruition. Pimpton is expected to be on campus this weekend, but it’s not set in stone from what we know at this moment.

The other options for Pimpton here are likely to sign with Vanderbilt next week or become the third tight end commit in the LSU Tigers’ 2023 recruiting class. He made the official trip to Baton Rouge to see LSU last weekend.