Even though the Texas Longhorns reported for fall camp on Thursday, head coach Charlie Strong and his staff are still awaiting final word on two 2015 signees -- tight end Devonaire Clarington and offensive tackle Ronnie Major.
"Ronnie Major still has some work to do, Clarington still has some work to do," Strong said on Thursday. "But those two guys we expect to have here at any time. We're just waiting for the NCAA to get them cleared."
Strong hopes that the two will receive clearance from the NCAA at some point in the next several weeks, but that hasn't happened yet. Recall that running back D'Onta Foreman had to wait until August 14 last year for the NCAA to approve his transcript after he took a summer class, so the fact that the sport's governing body hasn't yet issued decisions regarding the two isn't highly unusual.
The eligibility of both has been in limbo for some time.
Clarington, the 6'5, 238-pound US Army All-American, is one of the most important Texas signees at tight end in the last decade and would provide the team with much-needed receiving ability at the position. After transferring through numerous high schools during his prep career, the belief is that all those moves could be raising NCAA red flags regarding his transcript.
Major has stated at several different points that he will make it to Austin by the start of the season, telling Horns247 last week that he would receive clearance. Clearly that hasn't happened yet, but there's been a greater sense of optimism surrounding Major throughout the spring and summer than there has been with Clarington and he said that he had to complete an exam before he could receive approval from the NCAA.
Texas is already without two members of the 2015 class, as wide receiver Gilbert Johnson failed to qualify out of Georgia Prep Sports Academy and Cy Falls defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin was not able to meet the school's foreign language requirement.