Texas Longhorns Lose Two Commits in December: Is It Panic Time?
It's not even January, but already Longhorn fans have to be feeling very anxious about their 2013 recruiting efforts. Maybe the better word is nauseated.
Last week Arlington Heights running back Kyle Hicks decommitted from Texas, according to a report from BurntOrangeNation.com.
The report states that there were several reasons why Hicks chose TCU over Texas. Hicks' reasons were quoted by ESPN reporter William Wilkerson in a tweet:
Hicks: " 1 I get to play for an outstanding football team. 2 I get a good education from a private school & 3 it is 15 minutes from home.”— William Wilkerson (@ESPNwilkerson) December 3, 2012
Obviously, this has to concern Texas fans, but it may not have been preventable. TCU defensive lineman Devonte Fields went to the same high school as Hicks and he had been influential in his decision to flip, according to the story.
OK, so that's one down. No big deal, right?
Hookem.com broke the news today that a tight end from Belton has also decommitted from Texas.
Belton TE Durham Smythe decommits from Texas.— Texas HS Football (@texashsfootball) December 12, 2012
Durham Smythe's services were especially needed at Texas because the Horns really haven't had a productive tight end since Jermichael Finley declared early for the 2008 NFL Draft. Smythe's decommitment marks the fourth prospect to decommit—the other two are Ricky Seals-Jones and Daeshon Hall.
As of now, 5-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson is a soft verbal and he could be No. 5.
Robinson is a longtime USC fan and he visited USC last week, according to SBNation.com. The Trojans have two open spots for scholarships.
How concerned should Texas fans be over the decommits?
It's important to note that a decommit doesn't mean that the school has completely lost a recruit. Many times the recruit just wants to dip his toes in the water or take advantage of some paid trips to other schools before he decides on a school.
But according to DallasNews.com, Smythe "called the Longhorns on Wednesday and let them know he was decomitting and would no longer consider Texas, according to Hookem.com."
Four decommits in one class, this late in the recruiting season?
What's going on?
The season did end very poorly for Texas. The Longhorns lost their final two games of the season against TCU and Kansas State and were thoroughly exposed by Oklahoma's 63-21 shellacking in the Red River Rivalry.
The Longhorns also lost their co-offensive coordinator Brian Harsin, who left for the head coaching job at Arkansas State. Harsin was the Longhorns' play-caller. Major Applewhite will now be calling the plays.
Harsin, like Hawaii head coach Norm Chow, favors using tight ends more extensively, so Smythe may have felt that the change in play-callers would have potentially affected his impact on the team.
Still, for Texas to be facing this rash of departures after a disappointing season may cause a domino-effect.
Right now, Texas has 14 commits in its class of 2013—Texas A&M has 34. The Aggies have two 5-star commits and 15 4-star commits, while the Longhorns have one 5-star and nine 4-stars.
Even more alarming, Texas' one defensive lineman commit is a soft verbal. Texas A&M isn't the only school in Texas making a rush at Mack Brown. Baylor is currently ranked No. 29 on Scout.com's recruiting class rankings and like Texas, has one 5-star commit.
Baylor and Texas have the same amount of 5-star commits?
Maybe the Mayans were right.
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