As the Texas Longhorns continue their transition into the Charlie Strong era, they are already feeling an impact on the recruiting trail.
UT lost defensive line coach and one of its top recruiters Bo Davis to USC, which brought the departures of several recruits. The latest commitment to go is 247Sports composite 4-star athlete Keke Coutee, as reported by 247Sports' Colt Barber.
BREAKING: 2015 receiver KeKe Coutee has decommitted from Texas. more at http://t.co/D1azwbVoom— Colt Barber (@Colt_247Sports) January 13, 2014
Davis, along with receivers coach Darrell Wyatt, was Coutee's primary recruiter.
Although he is no longer part of Texas' 2015 class, he isn't ruling out the 'Horns going forward. In fact, as tweeted by Barber, he will still consider UT and will be in Austin for the team's junior day.
Coutee says he will be at Texas' junior day this spring.— Colt Barber (@Colt_247Sports) January 13, 2014
Coutee ranks as the No. 37 athlete in the 2015 class and projects as either a wide receiver or a cornerback. The Lufkin, Texas, native committed to the 'Horns in June and holds offers from Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
Even with Coutee's decommitment, Texas still boasts the No. 1 class thus far for 2015 with eight verbal commitments, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. That 2015 class features one cornerback, 3-star Jalen Campbell, but no receivers.
At 5'10" and 185 pounds, Coutee has the potential to be a lethal speed receiver at the next level. 247Sports credits the junior with an impressive 4.41-second 40-yard dash.
While a rash of decommitments might look bad for the start of Strong's tenure, it is way too early to panic—particularly for the 2015 class.
Strong still has plenty of time to solidify his staff, build relationships with recruits and augment that with success on the field.