Texas benefited from the chaos at Baylor on Wednesday when four-star receiver Devin Duvernay, the top recruit in the Bears’ 2016 class, switched his commitment to Texas.
Duvernay, of Sachse, told ESPN he chose the Longhorns in part because new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert “is the missing piece to help out the offense.”
Duvernay (5-11, 195 pounds) was the No. 8 player on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 of the state’s top seniors. Additionally, he is the nation’s fourth-ranked receiver and the No. 36 player overall, per 247Sports’ composite ratings.
As of mid-afternoon, Duvernay had not submitted his paperwork, so at a gathering with reporters UT coach Charlie Strong could not specifically address his addition.
“I cannot until we get the paper in our hands and we haven’t gotten the paper yet,” Strong said.
Duvernay was essentially a free agent this summer and will be able to join Texas right away because of a clerical error that rendered his letter of intent with Baylor null and void. He was also said to be considering TCU.
With Duvernay, UT’s 25-man freshman class now includes five receivers along with Collin Johnson, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Davion Curtis. Duvernay is not only the highest ranked receiver of the group but is also the highest ranked player in UT’s class, topping 40th-ranked Brandon Jones, a safety from Nacogdoches, by four spots in 247Sports’ rankings.
It remains to be seen if Duvernay’s twin brother, Donovan, is released from his LOI at Baylor and also comes to Texas.
Here are Duvernay’s senior highlights:
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