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Horns make top 10 for No. 1 Texas RB Devwah Whaley

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An in-state recruiting rival looks like the heavy favorite to land the consensus four-star prospect.

Devwah Whaley
Devwah Whaley
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Beaumont Central running back Devwah Whaley completed the process of narrowing his focus and released his top-10 schools via Twitter on Monday afternoon:

The good news here, obviously, is that the Texas Longhorns made the cut, along with six teams from the SEC, including the Texas A&M Aggies. If the 247Sports Crystal Ball is any indication, the Aggies are the runaway leader as the unanimous pick for his destination, but few of those predictions have come in recently from those with deep ties in the Texas recruiting scene.

However, Whaley has been a frequent visitor in College Station -- since the Longhorns offered him last June, he's taken at least five trips to Aggieland. Oklahoma also received a Junior Day visit this spring.

Texas has a tie to Whaley because he played with 2015 signee PJ Locke, but it's unclear whether that will help the Horns much in his recruitment. In the past, he's talked about making his decision before his senior season, so head coach Charlie Strong and company may not have much time to get him on campus before he makes a decision.

Here's some good news on Whaley from the Texas standpoint from 247Sports:

Whaley recently told Horns247 that Texas was still very much in the mix after a positive conversation with running backs coach Tommie Robinson. Whaley added that he hopes to visit Texas this summer.

The 2016 Texas class isn't particularly strong at the top for running back, as Whaley is the No. 1 prospect at his position, but only ranks No. 20 overall in the state. Still, he's the No. 5 running back nationally and the No. 119 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, so he's quite a talent in his own right.

Whaley goes 6'1 and 205 pounds and ran for 1,305 yards on 182 carries during a breakout junior season, scoring 12 touchdowns in the process.