The upcoming official visit weekend for the Texas Longhorns will include one fewer prospect, as George Ranch running back Darius Anderson announced his commitment to the TCU Horned Frogs on Wednesday evening:
I want to thank God, my family and all those that have supported and guided me on this journey, I'll be attending... pic.twitter.com/30IltxwpFU— Darius Anderson (@Jetsonn2x) January 21, 2016
According to Horned Frogs Blitz, that means that Anderson won't be on campus in Austin as previously planned.
The 5'11, 194-pounder decommitted from the Missouri Tigers just before Christmas following the retirement of head coach Gary Pinkel. Anderson committed to Missouri back in August, but he also took a visit to College Station in October to see the Texas A&M Aggies.
An official visit to TCU, the perceived favorite before his decision, happened last weekend. The Horned Frogs developed4 a need at running back after losing former commit Trayveon Williams to Texas A&M.
Anderson picked up an offer from Texas at the Junior Day in late February and visited again during the summer, but the Horns didn't really officially get back in the mix until recently, as head coach Charlie Strong and his staff attempt to land a running back in the 2016 class.
Ranked as a consensus three-star prospect, the No. 505 recruit nationally, the No. 29 running back, and the No. 75 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Anderson holds 15 total offers. He built on a huge junior season by carrying the ball 263 times for 2,274 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2015 and added 283 yards and two touchdowns on 13 catches.
At least one other running back target is still on the board for Texas -- Katy's Kyle Porter, who will take an official visit to Austin this weekend after visiting TCU with Anderson last weekend. The good news in all of this is that Anderson's commitment could impact Porter's decision in a positive way for Texas and he's the more highly-rated prospect anyway.
Beaumont Central's Devwah Whaley, who considered visiting Texas last weekend but did not, could also be in play. However, the guess here is that it is Porter or bust for the Longhorns right now at running back in the 2016 class because Whaley won't make an official visit to Texas.