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5-Star LB Anthony Hill Commits to Texas After Decommitting from Texas A&M

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVDecember 16, 2022

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 15: A Texas Longhorns helmet is seen on the turf before the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The top linebacker in the 2023 recruiting class is headed to the Texas Longhorns.

Tom VanHaaren of ESPN reported Anthony Hill, who was previously committed to Texas A&M before decommitting in November, chose the Longhorns on Thursday.

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Hill is a 5-star prospect and the No. 19 overall player, No. 1 linebacker and No. 4 recruit from the state of Texas in the 2023 class.

Texas A&M landed the top-rated 2022 recruiting class by 247Sports' composite rankings, but it didn't even make a bowl game this season at 5-7 and is dealing with significant transfer portal fallout.

Cameron Ohnysty of USA Today's Aggies Wire noted 22 Texas A&M players have entered the transfer portal since Dec. 5. Watching a top-notch linebacker from within the state who was once committed to the program joining the rival Longhorns will surely do nothing to stop the negative momentum.

But A&M's loss is Texas' gain, as Steve Sarkisian has found plenty of success on the recruiting trail this year.

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, the Longhorns have the No. 3 class in the country behind only Alabama and Georgia. This is a program attempting to rediscover its place as a college football powerhouse ahead of a move to the daunting SEC, which is set for 2025, and recruiting is the quickest way to do just that.

Hill is one of the star players of what is a potentially cornerstone class for Texas.

Gabe Brooks of 247Sports provided a scouting report for the "thumper" who plays off the ball and possesses the ability to rush the passer, stuff the run in the hole and pursue ball carriers from sideline to sideline.

He is "one of the most dynamic defensive prospects in Texas and the country for the 2023 recruiting cycle," Brooks wrote. "Not a 'tweener as much as a situation- and scheme-versatile chesspiece who should be able to stay on the field in all scenarios."

That will certainly work for Texas as it looks to build a roster capable of competing in the SEC.