UPDATED: 6:05 p.m.
Oklahoma officials have released a statement confirming that Lampkin has been released from his Texas letter of intent.
“The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department received notification from the National Letter of Intent (NLI) Program on Thursday, through Du’Vonta Lampkin’s family, that Lampkin has been released from the NLI he signed with another institution. Because Lampkin’s NLI is no longer binding, he is not required to serve the NLI penalty. Lampkin has signed a financial aid agreement with OU, is enrolled and has been attending classes. In terms of playing eligibility, he has five years to complete four.”
Editor’s note: The following story was published prior to OU’s statement.
The long, drawn out saga over Du’Vonta Lampkin appears over. The Texas signee who ultimately enrolled at Oklahoma has been given his full release by UT, according to a tweet he posted on Thursday.
— 8️⃣2️⃣0️⃣ Ernesto (@DeeChilllin) September 3, 2015
Neither Texas nor OU officials were fully aware of the details as of Thursday afternoon. Both teams are preparing for their respective season openers.
The American-Statesman had previously reported that Texas compliance officials were keeping close watch on the situation after Lampkin enrolled at OU in late August.
A spokeswomen for the National Letter of Intent said she could not provide details since it involved a student privacy issue.
Under normal NLI rules, an athlete’s letter of intent would be declared void if the athlete was not admitted to the university. However, Texas officials believed that Lampkin chose not to fulfill his foreign-language requirement, thereby taking advantage of a loophole.
Lampkin’s first request to have his Texas letter of intent was turned down by the NLI review board.
However if he’s been granted a full release, as it appears, Lampkin will have his full four years of eligibility at OU.
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