The Texas Longhorns lost a longtime pledge Wednesday morning when in-state defensive tackle Bryce English decommitted. DeSoto High School head coach Claude Mathis told 247Sports' Jeff Howe that his star junior has reopened the recruitment process:
Per DeSoto HC Claude Mathis, three-star DT Bryce English is no longer committed to the #Longhorns— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) April 23, 2014
English, a 5'10.5", 315-pound prospect, initially committed to Texas last March as a sophomore. He provided a disruptive interior presence during DeSoto's postseason push to state semifinal action.
English earned All-Area honors from The Dallas Morning News after a campaign that featured 76 tackles, including 12 for loss. He was a menace in the offensive backfield, racking up six sacks and three forced fumbles.
Howe reports LSU and Notre Dame are among the teams that have also shown interest in English.
His departure leaves Texas with two committed carryovers from the Mack Brown regime. Dallas running back Jordan Stevenson and offensive guard Patrick Vahe both pledged to a different coaching staff than the one currently in place in Austin.
First-year head coach Charlie Strong has secured seven 2015 commitments since his arrival, but he's left with a noticeable need along the defensive front. Charles Omenihu, a 3-star defensive end who committed in February, is the lone incoming defensive lineman at this point.
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The Longhorns were left with a hole on the offensive line in February when 5-star tackle Maea Teuhema flipped his commitment to LSU. He followed his brother, former 2014 Texas defensive end pledge Sione Teuhema, to Baton Rouge.
LSU also ended up with San Antonio defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao last signing day. He's another impact defender who decommitted from the Longhorns late in 2013, leaving the new staff searching for interior playmakers in the 2015 class.