One of the hot topics on the Texas football recruiting path this fall has to do with some potential flip targets in the Class of 2023. Texas has tried to turn over a number of recruits engaged at other schools and already managed one when it turned over the highly touted four-star commit from Oklahoma Sooners and Austin Westlake’s edge-rusher Colton Vasek.
But there are still some recruits committed to the Longhorns 2023 class that other schools are chasing down the recruiting lane ahead of signing day. Some of those hotly debated flip targets committed to the Longhorns 2023 class include South Oak Cliff four-star cornerback Malik Muhammad, New Iberia Westgate (LA) five-star safety Derek Williams and the Five -Star Runner Edgewater (FL). back Cedric Baxter Jr.
The last of those three Texas commits is the most important recruit for the Longhorns to stay in the class of 2023 ahead of signing day, as there has been a key contender on the recruit lane of late. Baxter is being dogged heavily this fall by the Florida State Seminoles, which was his favorite school growing up.
Florida State’s efforts on the recruiting path this fall resulted in Baxter making two trips to Tallahassee for game weekends in recent months. Baxter unofficially visited the state of Florida on October 15 to watch the Noles’ narrow one-ball loss to the Clemson Tigers.
And then Baxter made an official visit to Tallahassee on October 29 to see Florida State convincingly defeat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Florida State has been stepping on the gas with Baxter for the past few weeks, though it has remained steadfast in its commitment to Texas through every twist we’ve heard about.
A November 19 report by Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports (Paid Content) mentions comments from Baxter’s father about Florida State’s efforts with his son and the status of his promise to Texas. He stated that despite Florida State’s continued efforts along the recruiting path with Baxter, the recent video that Noles employees sent him “won’t change his mind.”
5-star RB signs Cedric Baxter Jr.’s dad says his son will be at Texas football ‘in January’
For context, and for those who haven’t seen it, Baxter posted a video on Twitter from Florida State on Nov. 19 showing him intertwined with a highlight mix by former Noles star Dalvin Cook.
This was a good pitch for Baxter as Cook was one of his favorite players growing up. And this video Baxter tweeted this week has garnered quite a bit of buzz on social media, and rightly so.
But Baxter’s father also said that “he’ll be in Texas in January,” referring to Baxter’s plans to register early and attend the Spring Ball in Austin.
Texas is trying to stay on top of Baxter’s signing with the signing date about a month away. Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns need to end the season on a high note to ensure they maintain Baxter’s commitment to Texas over the next few weeks.
I want to say that we can thank running backs coach Tashard Choice for building such a solid relationship with Baxter that Texas was able to keep him engaged despite all the pressure to transfer from his favorite Florida state school.
Choice recruited Baxter before replacing Stan Drayton as running backs coach for the Longhorns last offseason. And he’s continued to build and nurture that relationship very well as Texas’ running backs coach.
Texas currently holds commitments of 21 recruits in the Class of 2023 after flipping Vasek last week. Two of the recruits committed to the Longhorns 2023 class are running backs in Baxter and the touted four-star DeSoto Tre Wisner.