Sachse cornerback Devin Duvernay is congratulated by his father Henry and mother Zena Duvernay after taking photos during a signing day ceremony at Sachse High School in Sachse on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Duvernay is going to play football for Baylor University. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

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Texas announces addition of star WR Devin Duvernay

Posted June 23rd, 2016

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It’s official: Devin Duvernay is a Longhorn.

On Thursday, Texas formally announced the addition of Duvernay, a Baylor defection who committed to the Longhorns a day earlier.

UT coach Charlie Strong released a statement about the four-star receiver from Sachse, who, at No. 36 nationally, becomes the highest-ranked player in Texas’ class.  Duvernay (5-11, 195 pounds) could press for early playing time at slot receiver where there are question marks following the departures of Daje Johnson and Marcus Johnson. Over his final three high school seasons, Duvernay caught 170 balls for 2,906 yards with 36 touchdowns. He closed his career as the No. 8 player on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 of the state’s top seniors.

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“I’m so excited to have Devin joining our program and making what already was a tremendous class of 2016 even better,” Strong said. “We’re thrilled to have him, not just because he’s so talented as a football player, but even more so because he’s a super young man with great character. He’s one of the fastest sprinters in the nation, so you know he brings unbelievable speed and explosiveness to our team. We’re looking forward to getting him to campus.”

Duvernay won the 100-meter title at the 2015 6A track and field championships in 10.27 seconds.

An error made by Baylor voided Duvernay’s Letter of Intent, allowing him to search for a new school after the school fired coach Art Briles last month. Duvernay’s twin brother, Donovan, is signed to play for Baylor but is among several members of the team’s 2016 recruiting class who is reported to be trying to get out of his LOI.

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