The Texas Longhorns are staying true to Steve Sarkisian’s motto of All Gas No Brakes on the recruiting trail. After flipping four-star defensive back Wardell Mack from the Florida Gators earlier this week, the Longhorn staff is working to position themselves for another flip.
Per Justin Wells of Inside Texas, the Longhorns have locked in an official visit date with Texas A&M four-star linebacker commit Tyanthony Smith for the Texas Tech game next Friday. Smith has remained solid to the Aggies throughout the season, but it looks like the firing of head coach Jimbo Fisher has the door slightly ajar and the Longhorns will get a chance to make one more pitch to the four-star defender from Jasper.
24 @JHSBulldogFB LB, @On3Recruits four-star and Texas A&M commit TyAnthony Smith will take an official visit to Texas next weekend. @InsideTexas @On3Recruits @Tyanthonysmith1 pic.twitter.com/ocxvbbIbB8— Justin Wells (@justinwells2424) November 18, 2023
The Longhorns took a large linebacker class in the 2023 cycle, so they have been extremely selective on who they are targeting at the position in the 2024 cycle. The two names we have head consistently that the staff has been keeping tabs on is Smith and Georgia commit Justin Williams, who is the top linebacker prospect in the country.
Neither prospect has been considered a slam dunk for a flip, so the staff has had its work cut out for it. Getting Smith to commit to a visit is a very positive data point, but now we must see if he makes it to campus. Smith has had previous trips to Austin on the docket this cycle, but has canceled them, so actually getting him on campus is the hugely important first step in potentially securing a flip.
Sarkisian and his staff still have several irons in the fire heading into the home stretch of the cycle. It could be another interesting finish on the recruiting front for Longhorn recruiting fans.