The football career of former consensus four-star prospect Devonaire Clarington will continue in the state of Texas after all, just not with the Texas Longhorns, as the Miami product announced Thursday that he will attend Blinn College in Brenham:
The nation's No. 7 tight end inked with the Horns as part of the 2015 recruiting class after committing at the US Army All-American game, but was always considered a grade risk. Last August, his transcript was approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse, but his ACT test was flagged, forcing him to retake it.
Here's what happened after that, according to Horns247:
Clarington had worked to earn the test score since August. He came close in a recent attempt in November and planned to take a high school core requirement in order to boost his overall GPA to an acceptable level to pair with his latest exam score, but it appears the Longhorns were ready to move on.
As a result, the two sides parted ways in December.
The loss was a significant one for Texas, as the Longhorns have long been searching for a tight end with the game-breaking receiving ability possessed by the 6'5, 238-pounder, who often worked as a wide receiver in high school. Capable of stretching the field vertically and winning jump balls in the red zone, Clarington has an impressive skill set that will make him appealing to other major programs if he can gain his eligibility.