Texas football ‘best positioned’ for 4-Star Auburn DL pledge if he flips

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It’s flip season for Texas football in the 2024 recruiting class, with a little over a month remaining until the start of the Early Signing Period in December. Texas has multiple flip targets in play in the 2024 class, especially among Florida Gators and Auburn Tigers commitments, heading into signing day in mid-December.

Among the top flip candidates from Auburn for the Longhorns are four-star Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei interior offensive lineman DeAndre Carter and four-star IMG Academy defensive lineman TJ Lindsey.

Texas is pushing to flip Carter from Auburn after he took a successful official visit to Austin a couple of months ago for the win over the No. 24 Kansas Jayhawks in Week 5. Carter is still considering his options, whether he wants to get early playing time at Auburn as their lone OL commit in the 2024 class or be closer to home and with more high school teammates at Texas.

Texas football is pushing to get 4-Star Auburn DL commit TJ Lindsey to campus for a visit before signing day this fall

Lindsey, meanwhile, considered Texas among his top schools before he committed to Auburn during the summer. Texas, Auburn, and the Miami Hurricanes were Lindsey’s top three schools during the summer official visits before he committed to the Tigers on Aug. 12.

And with DL coach Bo Davis and the Longhorns looking to fill one more spot along the defensive line in the 2024 class heading into signing day in December, Lindsey has emerged as a key flip target at a position of need this fall.

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned how Davis and the Longhorns had picked back up communication on the recruiting trail with Lindsey. Texas is not the only school back in communication with Lindsey while looking to flip his commitment from Auburn heading into signing day.

Miami is also still in communication with Lindsey this fall. The Horns and Canes are both working to get Lindsey to campus for visits before signing day in the next month or so.

But suppose Lindsey decides to back off his commitment to Auburn before signing day. In that case, Texas appears to be the favorite to get him in their class on Dec. 20. Lindsey has always wanted to play in the SEC, which makes Auburn and Texas the two most likely destinations for his commitment.

Horns247 reported on Nov. 6 (paid content) that Texas is “best positioned” to sign Lindsey if he does flip from Auburn in the coming weeks. It’s noteworthy that if Texas does make it to the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 2 in Arlington, TX, Lindsey is reportedly planning to attend.

That would be a real opportunity for Texas to make a late impression on Lindsey a few weeks before signing day.

Texas’ pursuit of Lindsey could be drawn out for a while this fall

Gerry Hamilton of Inside Texas reported on Nov. 6 that Texas’ attempt to flip Lindsey’s commitment from Auburn “could take a while”. But this is a recruitment that the Longhorns are likely sticking with through the finish line on signing day. Multiple reports have indicated that Lindsey is the biggest flip candidate to watch along the defensive line for the Longhorns in the 2024 class in the next few weeks.

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