With Early Signing Day looming in just eight days, the Texas Longhorns are in the final stretch of 2024 recruiting with almost the entirety of the class set to lock in before Christmas.
The glaring absence is at the linebacker position where the Longhorns have yet to secure a commitment, although that could change with the news that Jasper product Tyanthony Smith, a Texas A&M pledge, has an official visit scheduled to Texas for this weekend, according to Inside Texas.
After Jimbo Fisher was fired by the Aggies last month, the Longhorns worked to secure a visit from Smith with one reportedly scheduled for the regular-season finale against the Red Raiders. But that trip fell through and head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff had keep recruiting the 6’1, 205-pounder in the hopes of flipping him from A&M.
And while co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Jeff Choate is taking over as the head coach at Nevada, the state of recruiting at the position hasn’t changed much over the last month other than the staff offering Magnolia athlete Hunter Andrews, a Utah commit who could play H-back or linebacker:
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.
If Smith does make it to the Forty Acres as scheduled and Andrews decides to take a visit, the staff may have to decide whether there are spots available for both players with the class currently at 20 pledges and likely to add defensive back Kobe Black on Wednesday.
Smith is a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 353 player overall and the No. 30 linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. When Smith committed to Texas A&M in late June, he did so after taking official visits to Oklahoma and USC and over offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Texas Tech, among others.