Art Briles assembled one heck of a recruiting class for 2016. Some in the know have touted it as arguably the best in Baylor history.
But now that Briles has been ousted in the wake of the nasty sexual assault scandal, that class is unraveling, and the Texas Longhorns are benefiting.
Charlie Strong’s program has become the landing spot for three former Bears recruits so far, including elite four-star wide receiver Devin Duvernay, his twin brother and three-star athlete Donovan Duvernay and four-star offensive tackle J.P. Urquidez, who announced his decision Saturday on Twitter.
And then Urquidez, who becomes the 10th 300-pound recruit in Texas’ class of 2016 and is the 22nd-ranked offensive tackle in the nation according to 247Sports, talked about why he chose to play at Texas.
Later that night, Strong issued his customary tweet when landing a recruit.
Last week, Baylor made the right decision when it granted five players their release after they requested to be let out of their national letters of intent. Urquidez and Donovan Duvernay were two, while Devin Duvernay was allowed to look elsewhere earlier because of a clerical error on Baylor’s behalf that made his national letter of intent void. He was the first to commit to the Longhorns.
Others are going elsewhere. Running back Kam Martin committed to Auburn over TCU on over the weekend, and it appears cornerback Parrish Cobb will be headed to Oklahoma over Texas.
According to ESPN, offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, who had flipped from Texas A&M to Baylor, was also one of the players granted his release. ESPN also reported that wide receiver Jared Atkinson, who had asked for his release, has decided to stay at Baylor.
Still, there’s no debating the boost that Texas has received from the Baylor defections. Before the Donovan brothers and Urquidez picked Texas, Strong’s 2016 class was ranked No. 11 in the nation.