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2015 DT signee Du'Vonta Lampkin won't enroll at Texas

The pressure is now even more significant for the Longhorns coaches to land defensive tackles in the 2016 class.

Du'Vonta Lampkin
Du'Vonta Lampkin
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The worst-case scenario for the Texas Longhorns with Cypress Falls defensive tackle signee Du'Vonta Lampkin came to pass on Saturday when the only player at the position in the 2015 class announced that he won't be going to school in Austin:

A consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 23 defensive tackle and the No. 48 player in Texas, who held 15 total offers before he signed, including Baylor, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and TCU.

According to a Football Brainiac report, Lampkin didn't meet the foreign language requirement at Texas. His high school coach said that he was going to take a correspondence course in order to enroll. However, Lampkin changed his mind about taking that course:

"If I take that summer school class now for Spanish and it doesn't go well, then I end up in a junior college," he said. "That's not the route I really want to take."

What happens now? Lampkin may end up playing at a conference rival:

"If anything, I may land at Oklahoma," said Lampkin, who is hoping to know for sure within the next week. "I'm very comfortable with their coaching staff. So, as soon as everything dials down, I'm going to contact (Bob) Stoops and see if they have any scholarships available for me."

Since Lampkin won't be eligible at Texas, he could get out of his National Letter of Intent that way, so if he qualifies and enrolls at Oklahoma, it's possible that he could play this season, even the Longhorns don't give him a release.

For Texas, the ramifications won't necessarily play out on the field this fall, as Lampkin was a redshirt candidate since Texas currently has solid depth at defensive tackle. The problem is that having two of three classes without a defensive tackle would put a tremendous amount of pressure on 2016 recruiting at the position, which isn't exactly going as planned with the top three in-state prospects committing to other programs in a stretch of 24 hours recently.

So Lampkin's inability to make into school this fall is hardly an insignificant storyline.