The mysterious recruitment of Katy running back Kyle Porter has reportedly come to an end with the consensus four-star prospect choosing the Texas Longhorns over the TCU Horned Frogs and Arkansas Razorbacks, as noticed by Horns247.
Since Porter doesn't have a Twitter account and doesn't typically do interviews, the news came out via his teammate, Travis Whillock:
Congrats to my brother on his commitment to Texas! ✊ ❤️❤️I know he is going to do great things pic.twitter.com/wcdBJrmTB8— Travis Whillock (@traviswhillock) February 2, 2016
So there's a new one in recruiting. However, ESPN's Gerry Hamllton had teased some good news coming for the Longhorns earlier on Tuesday morning:
Looking like #Texas big close could get started early.— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) February 2, 2016
So it seems that this was that, and Inside Texas noted that it was confirmed through other teammates and a source not long thereafter. And Katy followed it up with some further confirmation:
THE Kyle Porter to the University of Texas. Congrats KP! pic.twitter.com/ukWZi7ObZn— Katy Football (@Katyfootball) February 2, 2016
State Champion coming to ATX! #LetsRide— Charlie Strong (@Strong_TexasFB) February 2, 2016
Porter opted to join the Longhorns class after taking an official visit to Austin in the middle of January, but after that trip, the Horned Frogs were the trending team despite the recent pledge of George Ranch running back Darius Anderson to TCU. So there wasn't the normal post-visit bump, but Texas still managed to close with Porter despite the departure of running backs coach Tommie Robinson, who returned to USC in January.
Prior to that perceived surge by its Big 12 rival, Texas appeared to be the favorite because the Longhorns don't have another running back commit in the class, unlike TCU and Arkansas, which will sign the state's top running back, Beaumont Central's Devwah Whaley.
Here's the evaluation of Porter from Ian Boyd of Inside Texas/SB Nation:
How does he fit: In my estimation Porter is highly underrated, perhaps because as a result of playing at Katy he's often treated like a Lake Travis QB and deemed more a product of the system than a star. However, his tape reveals a downhill runner who makes good reads and explosive cuts in a wide variety of different schemes. You want a guy who can hit the cutback? His jump step and acceleration are outstanding. Want the guy who can bounce a run outside and win the edge? He can do that as well. Porter is as close to a sure thing to be a 1k yard back as you can find in the HS ranks. What's more, he's also a good route runner who can play on 3rd down, which can be devastating in the veer and shoot offense where picking up the RB out of the backfield is often the last thing on the minds of defenders.
Porter carried the ball 235 times for 1,938 yards and 36 touchdowns during his senior season to push his career total to close to 5,000 yards and 75 touchdowns on the ground. A consensus four-star prospect, Porter is the No. 272 prospect nationally, the No. 11 running back, and the No. 42 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Texas now has 15 pledges in the 2016 recruiting class and jumped up to No. 25 nationally. according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, with a big anticipated finish tomorrow on National Signing Day. Head coach Charlie Strong's program is now No. 4 in the Big 12 in those rankings, with a chance to vault into the top 15, at least.