A poor recruiting day for the Texas Longhorns got even worse on Monday afternoon when new broke from ESPN's Gerry Hamilton that Houston (Texas) Westfield offensive tackle Toby Weathersby had decommitted in a call to the staff.
The Longhorns had missed on Indiana linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr less than an hour before when he committed to the Tennessee Volunteers.
The 6'5, 295-pound tackle had pledged to Texas in the middle of March after picking up an offer from the new staff late in January, but he had discussed taking visits and took an unofficial trip to Texas A&M in November with a teammate that he down-played at the time.
Prior to his pledge to the Longhorns, he was considered an Oklahoma lean.
Ranked as a consensus four-star prospect, Weathersby is the No. 108 player nationally, the No. 9 offensive tackle in the country, and the No. 14 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
More importantly to Texas, he was the top-rated commit in the class with John Burt considered a soft pledge at this time. And with all the issues that the Longhorns have had at the tackle position, losing such a highly-rated prospect is a major loss for offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline.
There are still six offensive line pledges in the class, but among the high school prospects, Weathersby was the most likely to stay at tackle and the most likely to be able to play early in his career.
With the loss of Weathersby and last week's decommitment of running back Jordan Stevenson, the Longhorns have been dropping in the national team rankings while the Sooners have gained ground for the title of the top class in the Big 12.