The Texas Longhorns had several remaining needs to address leading up to and into the early signing period and managed to address one with the signature of priority Jasper linebacker Tyanthony Smith in an announcement on Wednesday.
BREAKING: Four-Star LB Tyanthony Smith tells me he has Flipped from Texas A&M to Texas!— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) December 21, 2023
The 6’2 200 LB from Jasper, TX had been Committed to the Aggies since June
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“Texas checked all 3 boxes…culture, opportunity (academically/athletically) and development,” Smith told On3. “Coach Sark has placed some great people in that building and they work together as a UNIT. I am excited for Coach Choate and his head coaching job ! I know Coach Sark is gonna hire another great person/coach at that LB spot because there’s great people all around that building!”
Smith had the decision in mind for some time.
Tyanthony Smith is officially a Texas Longhorn.— Jordan Scruggs (@JScruggs247) December 21, 2023
Smith told @Horns247 that he knew he was going to be a Longhorn ahead of his official visit to Austin this past weekend.
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Texas quickly announced his addition to the class.
One of the most glaring remaining needs in the 2024 class for head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff was at the linebacker position, where the Longhorns had yet to secure a commitment heading into Early Signing Day.
After Jimbo Fisher was fired by Texas A&M last month, Texas worked to secure a visit from Smith with one reportedly scheduled for the regular-season finale against Texas Tech. But that trip fell through and Texas had to 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 didn’t changed much over the last month other than the staff offering Magnolia athlete Hunter Andrews, now a Utah signee who declined to visit the Forty Acres.
Last week, similar reports surfaced that Smith would make his way to Austin over the weekend before the start of the dead period, followed by conflicting reporting and questions about whether Smith did indeed visit the Longhorns. According to Rivals, he did, Smith’s first trip to Austin since late March.
While Smith spent the time promoting Texas A&M on social media, four flip picks were entered in the 247Sports Crystal Ball and three more in the On3 RPM. So it’s safe to say that Texas trended in the hours before Early Signing Day.
Smith also took official visits to Oklahoma and USC in June in addition to holding offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, TCU, and Texas Tech, among others.
Over three varsity seasons at Jasper, Smith was a productive player who recorded 326 tackles, 42 tackles for loss, nine sacks, nine passes broken up, six forced fumbles, and four interceptions. In addition to playing off-ball linebacker and lining up at times on the edge, Smith was used as the Wildcat quarterback as a senior and also has experience playing basketball.
A consensus four-star prospect, Smith is ranked as the No. 336 player nationally and the No. 28 linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s now the second linebacker in the last year to flip to Texas, joining Anthony Hill Jr., the Denton Ryan product who was ranked as the No. 1 player at his position and earned Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors this season. Since the 2008 recruiting class, only five players have flipped from the Longhorns to the Aggies.