One of the reported official visitors for the Texas Longhorns won’t make it to campus, as Texas A&M Aggies defensive tackle pledge Jayden Peevy announced on Twitter that he’s done with the recruiting process:
I will not be taking any visits other than my official visit to Texas A&M. I am 100 percent committed to Texas A&M ( no interviews)— Y E A H. P (@JAYDENPEEVY) December 9, 2016
In the immediate aftermath of ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton breaking the news that Peevy was scheduled to visit the ‘Horns this weekend despite not holding an offer, the Houston Bellaire product noted that he was still committed to the Aggies, but didn’t address the substance of the report.
Just over an hour later, the visit was off.
In these circumstances, the coaching staff that holds the commitment can often put pressure on the player not to visit other schools, including threatening to pull the player’s scholarship. In fact, Iowa went so far as to put the threat in writing when extending the official scholarship offer to prospects, which led to the decommitments of Texas targets Eno Benjamin and Chevin Calloway.
There’s certainly a reason why Peevy reportedly tried to keep the visit from becoming public, as it appears the A&M staff worked quickly to shut things down after the news got out. In fact, Peevy likely didn’t hold an official offer from Texas in order to keep his interest in the Longhorns off the radar of Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin and his assistants until he was in Austin.
In any case, with Houston Episcopal Marvin Wilson much more likely to pick Ohio State or LSU than Texas, the defensive tackle position remains a need for the ‘Horns, though fortunately there is quality young depth on campus already.