As the Texas Longhorns look to pair a pass-catching tight end with committed blocking extraordinaire Peyton Aucoin of New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin, Humble Summer Creek's Zarrian Holcombe could now be a legitimate option following his decommitment from the Texas A&M Aggies:
At this moment on this day I am announcing that I will be opening up my recruitment and I will no longer be committed to Texas A&M— AlaMan Z 10 - 25th (@ZarrianJk) October 30, 2015
The 6'5, 215-pounder is a consensus three-star prospect and pledged to the Aggies in early March after several spring visits. The Longhorns didn't offer until after his commitment, joining other programs like California, Colorado, Houston, Illinois, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington.
Considered the nation's No. 21 tight end, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Holcombe told Bleacher Report that the decision was mutual, which raises questions about why the Aggie staff supported the decision for both sides to move on. Texas A&M currently holds a commitment from the pass-catching half of the Brother Martin duo, Irvin Smith.
The coming days will see Holcombe gauge interest from schools to see where he stands after opening up his recruitment once again. Will the Horns seriously enter the fray?
Jamal Pettrigrew is still committed to LSU and although he visited Austin in July, there's nothing about the way the season is going for the Tigers to suggest that the Louisiana native will decide to leave the state at the last minute for a program with a less positive trajectory.
Meanwhile, West Mesquite tight end Donte Coleman recently decommitted from Texas Tech and could see himself as a fit in the new version of the Texas offense, but it might be hard to sell him on the long-term direction. With the contracts of quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson and offensive line coach Joe Wickline expiring and a looming decision facing Charlie Strong about whether to keep Jay Norvell as the play caller, there could be significant turnover on that side of the ball that impacts 2016 recruiting efforts late.
If those potential issues don't impact Holcombe just as greatly as they will likely impact Coleman, who is looking for offensive fit above all else, the now-former Texas A&M commit could be the top in-state option at tight end for Texas, assuming that everything checks out with him off the field.