With Early Signing Day looming on Wednesday, the Texas Longhorns hosted a final official visit weekend before the majority of the recruits in the 2024 class sign with several notable developments, including some clarity on which prospects the Longhorns are likely to pursue until the final members of the class sign in February.
Texas continues to trend for Florida safety commit Xavier Filsaime after official visit
In high school recruiting, the consensus five-star prospect from McKinney was the most important official visit over the weekend for the Longhorns thanks to a combination of his talent and the need at the position.
Florida safety commit Xavier Filsaime on his Texas official visit as the Longhorns surge in his recruitment and try to close with the nation's No. 31 prospect. #AllGas24 #HookEm pic.twitter.com/g8tum0t0Kq— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) December 17, 2023
Flip predictions in the 247Sports Crystal Ball first started coming in a week ago with two more since Filsaime arrived on the Forty Acres on Friday, so it’s clear that the hire of Will Harris as the Florida defensive backs coach hasn’t done anything to slow down the growing momentum for Texas in Filsaime’s recruitment.
A decision from Filsaime could come at any time, but he’s officially set to sign with his school of choice at 3 p.m. Central on Wednesday at his high school.
Signing on live Wednesday at McKinney high school cafeteria @ 3pm— Xavier Filsaime (@XEF_19) December 17, 2023
Longhorns trending for linebacker pledged to the Aggies
For the second time since Jimbo Fisher was fired at Texas A&M in November, there were conflicting reports throughout the week about whether Jasper linebacker Tyanthony Smith was going to show up on the Forty Acres. What is clear with the 6’1, 205-pounder is that there have been a flood of flip predictions made for Smith to end up as the lone linebacker take in the 2024 class for the Longhorns.
As of eight days ago, the plan for Smith was to hold a signing ceremony in Jasper at 6:30 p.m. Central on Wednesday, but as with Filsaime, Smith could make a decision at any time prior to that ceremony.
Baylor defensive line commit pushes back decision after Texas official visit
The Longhorns offered Greenville (Miss.) St. Joseph defensive lineman Alex Foster more than two months ago. Despite staff turnover at Baylor, Foster has stayed committed to the Bears, but was also on campus for an official visit with the Longhorns over the weekend.
While there’s no longer a question of Foster’s interest in Texas and late-cycle official visitors are typically takes, there are increasingly some moving pieces for the Longhorns along the defensive line with only one spot likely available. Perhaps with that in mind, Foster isn’t going to sign during the early period.
Two Texas A&M defensive line commits on Texas radar
If Foster opted to sign in February at the request of the Texas coaching staff — Baylor would certainly prefer to get him inked this week — the reason is because the Longhorns are in pursuit of two players currently committed to the Aggies, Longview Pine Tree’s Dealyn Evans and Lafayette (La.) Acadiana’s Dominick McKinley.
Texas safeties coach Blake Gideon was at Pine Tree last week and locked in a January official visit for Evans, who is a top-100 prospect nationally.
Texas Longhorns area recruiter Blake Gideon made an in-home/school visit with Dealyn Evans today ➡️➡️ https://t.co/vdeiLzxO9B— Gerry Hamilton (@GHamilton_On3) December 13, 2023
Like Evans, McKinley is set to sign in February following the departure of Texas A&M defensive line coach Elijah Robinson to become the defensive coordinator at Syracuse with Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian scheduled to have an in-home visit with McKinley next month in an attempt to get him on campus before National Signing Day in February.
Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian is not making an in-home visit with Dominick McKinley Friday per a person in the McKinley family. Sarkisian will make the visit in January due to McKinley planning to sign in February. Texas A&M and Oklahoma were in-home today.… pic.twitter.com/Riju0pMk8N— Gerry Hamilton (@GHamilton_On3) December 15, 2023
A consensus five-star prospect, McKinley is ranked as the No. 27 player nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Texas class looks locked in
With Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy running back Jerrick Gibson affirming his commitment last week despite a push from Florida and Daingerfield athlete Aeryn Hampton seemingly rebuffing Alabama after the Texas staff went in home with both recruits, the current members of the 2024 class look entirely locked in and ready to sign on Wednesday unless something really unexpected happens.