The Texas Longhorns missed out on a final cornerback in the 2015 class when Miami (Fla.) Northwestern's Deandre Baker stuck with his longtime pledge to the Georgia Bulldogs in a National Signing Day ceremony at his high school.
It was tough to get a read on the 2015 US Army All-American throughout the recruiting process, as he rarely spoke with media, but it was clear that the Horns had a shot with him since he never re-affirmed his commitment to Georgia and took an official visit to Texas in late January.
Still, it wasn't enough in the end.
The 5'10, 173-pounder with reported 4.50 speed is a consensus three-star prospect rated as the No. 654 player overall, the No. 62 cornerback, and the No. 85 player in Florida. He also held offers from Cincinnati, Clemson, FIU, Kentucky, Missisippi State, Rutgers, Tennessee, UAB, UCF, Utah, and Western Kentucky.
Known as an excellent athlete, Baker rates highly in the areas of possessing excellent top-end speed, change of direction, and recovery speed, though his lack of height and smaller stature limit his tackling ability somewhat.
But with the Friday additions of Gilmer cornerback Kris Boyd and Houston Lamar cornerback Holton Hill, the loss of Baker stings less, especially since the Horns kept Miami (Fla.) Booker T Washington cornerback Davante Davis and then flipped Beaumont Central safety PJ Locke on National Signing Day.
In fact, there may not have been a spot for Baker with the additions of four-star running back Chris Warren and the reported addition of Aledo wide receiver Ryan Newsome on Wednesday as well.