After an extremely hectic July in terms of visits, commits, and flips, August looks to be a little slower, but there are still some major names that are set to commit. Let's get into it.
Braylan Shelby (#133 nationally, #15 EDGE)
Down to just Texas and USC, the defensive talent is an in-state prospect for the Longhorns, but it seems as if he is set to commit to the Trojans on August 6th. Apparently communication has lacked recently between the 6'4.5", 235 lb. edge rusher and the Longhorns' staff, while Lincoln Riley and staff appear to be confident. USC is set to add its first edge of the 2023 class, with the defensive line beginning to shape up, as he would join high three star defensive lineman Grant Buckey and Amos Talalele.
Shelton Sampson Jr (#33 nationally, #4 WR)
Another top prospect set to commit on the 6th is top WR prospect Shelton Sampson Jr, coming out of Baton Rouge. The lengthy (6'4, 181 lb.) wideout recently trimmed his list to Texas A&M, LSU, FSU, and Alabama. Despite making official visits to Alabama and FSU in June, it seems like Sampson will elect to remain home and commit to LSU. If he does in fact declare to be a Tiger, he will join high four star Jalen Brown (#7 WR) and three star Kyle Parker (#72 WR). A duo of Sampson and Brown would be one to keep an eye out for, as they have the talent to torment SEC secondary's in the future.
Kylin Jackson (#167 nationally, #10 S)
LSU will look to add another big name on August 8th in Kylin Jackson. The 6'1", 195 lb. safety is an in-state product for the Tigers, but there has been some buzz for Texas A&M. Regardless of this buzz, I expect Jackson to commit to LSU, becoming the third four-star safety in the class, as Ryan Yaites (#26 S) and Michael Daugherty (#31 S) are already committed. DBU in Baton Rouge looks to be in full effect once again.
Cedrick Baxter Jr (#48 nationally, #4 RB)
The Florida product has the least definitive destination out of anyone on this list, as there is potential he could land at any of his final schools. Baxter's final four consists of Texas, Miami, Texas A&M, and Florida, with Texas as the favorites. The reason I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't end up as a Longhorn is because his "favorites" have flipped between schools throughout his recruitment. The Longhorn buzz came nearly directly after the commitment of Arch Manning. Baxter is set to commit on August 10th and if he ends up at Texas, he will join four star RB Tre Wisner (#16 RB) as the running backs of the class.
Miles McVay (#186 nationally, #19 OT)
McVay is a big prospect for his final six, literally. Standing at 6'6" and 358 lbs., the prospect out of Illinois has a top six consisting Alabama, Jackson State, Michigan State, Oregon, Missouri, and Texas A&M. It seems to be down to just Alabama and Oregon, with the Crimson Tide as the team to beat. If the tackle commits to' Bama, he will join high four-stars Wilkin Formby (#10 OT) and Olaus Alinen (#14 OT), likely completing their class in terms of tackles. McVay is set to announce his decision on August 11th.
Be Aware of Potential Flips
Although there are not as many commitments this month, August has the potential of being a fun month in terms of flips. Notre Dame fans have been on edge in this regard, as they are the main team on flip watch. Irish commits Keon Keely and Payton Bowen have had buzz of flipping, with Keely eyeing Alabama and Bowen eyeing Oklahoma. There are many more prospects on flip watch, but we will have to see how that all plays out.
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