The Friday decision to cancel an official visit to Austin for the second time resulted in the expected Saturday decommitment of Southlake Carroll cornerback Obi Eboh from the Texas Longhorns:
Thank you to the University of Texas and the UT fans for this unbelievable opportunity... pic.twitter.com/wd1KkktwMG— Obi Eboh (@Obi_Eboh3) January 23, 2016
The only particularly surprising part of the decision from Eboh was that he did not immediately flip his commitment to the Stanford Cardinal, the school he is most likely going to sign with after taking an official visit to Palo Alto last weekend. He does not appear to be considering any other programs at this time.
The 6'2, 190-pounder picked up his game-changing Stanford offer early in January and his recruitment by the Cardinal is following a similar trajectory to his recruitment by Texas, as an offer from the Longhorns on September 1 sparked his initial pledge only four days later.
A consensus three-star prospect, Eboh is the No. 357 player overall, the No. 36 cornerback, and the No. 55 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Based on those rankings, Eboh is hardly an elite prospect, but he's the type of tall, long, rangy cornerback that Texas head coach Charlie Strong prefers and was the only defensive back pledged to the Horns in the entire 2016 class. Fortunately for Texas, multiple other recruitments are trending in favor of the Longhorns, including those of Waco cornerback Eric Cuffee, Alief Elsik defensive back Chris Brown, and Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones.
And there's less pressure on this particular cycle after Texas signed five impact defensive backs in 2015, including emerging stars like Davante Davis and Holton Hill at cornerback.
Texas is now back to 13 pledges in a class that ranks No. 37 overall and No. 4 in the Big 12, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.