Strong Adds Top Texas Wide Receiver to 2016 Class

 

Charlie Strong’s wild national signing day didn’t end in February after all. This morning, the No. 10 recruiting class added another member of the ESPN 300, when former Baylor commit Devin Duvernay chose Texas instead, according to ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton.

In the wake of Art Briles’ firing amid the ongoing sexual assault scandal at Baylor, many freshman signees looked to bypass Waco for greener pastures. While Baylor has not officially released any players from their National Letters of Intent (NLI), a clerical error allowed the fastest player in the country and the No. 4 wide receiver Duvernay to re-open his recruitment shortly after Briles’ firing on May 26.

For the last three weeks, 40 schools have attempted to nab Duvernay, a slot receiver out of Sachse, Texas, with UT, TCU, and Oklahoma emerging as the leaders. Oklahoma transfer Kyler Murray, part of the mass defection from Texas A&M earlier this year, is Duvernay’s cousin, leading many to believe that the 5-foot-11 speedster was headed to Norman, Oklahoma. Duvernay unofficially visited Texas on June 11. He plans to enroll in the second summer session exactly one month after that visit, according to ESPN. Still unknown is the fate of Baylor commit and twin brother Donovan Duvernay, a three-star cornerback and wide receiver.

“I’m going to Texas,” Devin told ESPN. “I just feel like they are coming up, and feel good about Charlie Strong and his staff’s plan and they are going to turn this thing around. I feel like Coach Sterlin Gilbert is kind of the missing piece to help out the offense. I feel like he can add me in, and add some speed to the receiving core.”

Strong, set to address the media at 11 a.m. today, seems excited about adding to his already stellar core of freshman for 2016:

 

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