Texas Football: Predicting UT's next commitment after huge day on trail

Steve Sarkisian, Texas football
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Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian had a massive day on the trail with high school and NCAA Transfer Portal recruiting on Dec. 18. Texas landed three commitments from key recruits in the span of roughly a few hours to start this week.

The first commitment the Longhorns landed on Dec. 18 was the former Clemson Tigers junior transfer safety Andrew Mukuba. The No. 1 ranked transfer safety in the 247Sports Composite was Texas's second portal commitment of the December window. Texas landed its first portal commitment last weekend, the former Houston Cougars sophomore wide receiver Matthew Golden.

Who will be next to commit to Texas football after the massive day on Dec. 18

Arguably, the biggest commitment of the day on Dec. 18 for the Longhorns saw the elite five-star McKinney (TX) safety Xavier Filsaime flip from the Florida Gators to Texas. Filsaime was Texas's top remaining priority in the 2024 class heading into signing day. He flipped to Texas from Florida after taking an official visit to Austin last weekend.

Texas capped this massive day on the recruiting trail on Dec. 18 with a commitment from the touted four-star Calhoun (GA) tight end Emaree Winston. Winston committed to Texas over the UCF Knights and Ohio State Buckeyes. He joins four-star Saraland (AL) quarterback KJ Lacey as the two commitments in the Longhorns 2025 class.

With signing day less than 24 hours away, the action is far from done this week for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. Here's a prediction of the next to commit for the Longhorns among high school recruits after Sark and staff landed three pledges on Dec. 18.

Tyanthony Smith, LB (Texas A&M commit)

The top remaining flip target for the Longhorns in the 2024 class heading into signing day on Dec. 20 is the touted four-star Jasper (TX) linebacker and Texas A&M Aggies commit Tyanthony Smith. The blue-chip linebacker from East Texas officially visited Austin last weekend in a trip that was pretty quiet at first.

Smith hasn't talked to the media at all since the official visit to Texas started. There is still some mystery surrounding the status of Smith's commitment to Texas A&M heading into signing day.

But the very fact that Smith showed up on campus last weekend for an official visit to Texas just a few days before signing day is a good indication of where the Longhorns stand in this recruitment. I don't think Smith shows up on campus if he wasn't strongly considering flipping his commitment to Texas on NSD1.

Multiple industry experts still are projecting Smith to flip his commitment to Texas from Texas A&M on Dec. 20, including 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong.

Smith will announce his final commitment and sign his letter of intent during a signing day ceremony at Jasper High School on the morning of Dec. 20.