UConn’s loss is a big gain for the University of Texas women’s basketball team.
Charli Collier, a 6-4 senior forward at Barbers Hill, announced Friday that she has withdrawn her commitment to UConn and will sign with the Longhorns this fall.
ESPN ranks Collier as the No. 1 forward prospect for the Class of 2018 and No. 2 overall player. Prospects Nation lists her as the No. 1 high school player in the country.
Collier made the announcement on her Twitter page:
“I want to start off by thanking God and those that have supported me and my decisions. But I have de-committed from the University of Connecticut and committed to the University of Texas to pursue my athletic and academic career.
“I feel like this is the best decision for me personally and everything is for a reason. Being closer to home and representing the state of Texas that has been so good to me. I have a good relationship with the coaching staff. They are like family to me. And my family and friends get to see me play & grow into a successful individual at such a prestigious university.
“This recruiting process has taught me so much about listening to my heart and at the end of the day I have to do what’s best for me. So I’m just proud to say again that I am a Longhorn and I look forward to the next four years there in burnt orange. #Hookem.”
Collier added she will take her official visit to Texas Oct. 20-22 and will sign on Nov. 8.