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Under Armour All-American OG Xavier Newman decommits from Texas

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The ‘Horns are now down to seven pledges in the 2017 class.

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One day after the Texas Longhorns secured the program’s first win in a month, DeSoto offensive guard Xavier Newman announced his decommitment from the ‘Horns via Twitter:

The 6’2.5, 272-pounder had seemed relatively secure with his pledge to Texas in recent weeks after considering Oklahoma following an offer in late June. However, it appears that an official visit to Colorado over the weekend influenced his decision to reopen his recruitment.

Boulder is now the most likely destination for the consensus three-star prospect, who recently received an invitation to the 2017 Under Armour All-American game.

An alum of The Opening Finals, Newman pledged to Texas in April over offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and others.

After seeing his stock take off during the spring evaluation period, he’s now the No. 525 prospect nationally, the No. 27 offensive guard, and the No. 68 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

The Longhorns are now without an offensive line pledge in the 2017 class and have missed on numerous other targets — the five other interior prospects offered by Texas are all committed to other schools and none of those prospects have any known intentions of visiting Austin.

So offensive line coach Matt Mattox will have to continue to evaluate at the position. And though it isn’t a huge priority, past evidence supports the notion that missing entirely at any position in a recruiting class is far less than ideal.