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4-star linebacker switches from Texas to A&M

Posted January 26th, 2014

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Houston Cypress Falls linebacker Otaro Alaka, a four-star prospect who had been committed to Texas since last April, switched his commitment to Texas A&M this evening.

He announced it on Twitter: “I’d like to thank Coach Strong and UT for the offer but Ive decided to decommit from the university of Texas and commit to Texas A&M!”

Alaka had canceled a visit to LSU for this weekend, and it was believed that he’d decide between the Longhorns and Aggies.

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The 6-3, 205-pounder is the 11th-rated outside linebacker in the country, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings of the nation’s leading recruiting services.

The loss of Alaka hurts Texas, which now has 21 commitments for its 2014 class. Andrew Beck, an inside linebacker from Tampa (Fla.) Plant High School, has already enrolled for the spring semester. The Lonhgorns picked up a four-star outside linebacker two weeks ago, Arlington Bowie’s Edwin Freeman. Texas also has a commitment from three-star outside linebacker Cameron Hampton of Dallas Carter.

But Alaka bolsters A&M’s class, which already was rated No. 3 in the country. The Aggies, who needed to focus on defense this recruiting cycle, have pledges from Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett — a five-star prospect who’s rated the No. 1 overall prospect in the country by 247Sports. In all, A&M has pledges from one five-star defensive end, one four-star defensive end, two four-star defensive tackles, two four-star outside linebackers and a four-star cornerback.

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