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Texas now the leader for 4-star DE Taquon Graham

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An unofficial visit last weekend helped the Longhorns take over the Temple product's top spot.

Taquon Graham
Taquon Graham
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Engaged in a heated recruiting battle with the TCU Horned Frogs for some time, the Texas Longhorns are now officially the leader for Temple defensive end Taquon Graham, who was on campus in Austin last weekend and plans to take another visit in the near future, according to Horns247.

Back in late February, Graham's affection for the Longhorns was well known when he visited for the Junior Day and though he wasn't quite on commitment watch -- no prospects really were that day -- Texas was considered the consensus leader to eventually land his pledge. However, a visit to TCU several weeks later seemingly narrowed the gap.

Like a lot of prospects, Graham has a strong relationship with the Texas staff and was impressed with the rebuilding plan they had in place, he recounted to Burnt Orange Nation at the Dallas The Opening Regional camp last month.

The staff stays in close contact with Graham, as does 2015 wide receiver signee Davion Curtis, another Temple signee. Despite the fact that Curtis will head to Austin in June, though, Graham said that his teammate's decision won't have any impact on his own.

The Horned Frogs have been in the mix because they were the first school to offer the 6'3, 251-pounder, the coaching staff has been straight forward with him, and stays in close contact.

Now the Longhorns have pulled out in front ahead of a decision that Graham said could come late in the summer or during his senior season this fall.

Unless TCU can once again close the gap to overtake Texas, it will be up to an out-of-state school to sway Graham away from the school right down I-35. During the summer, Graham said he intends to take trips to Oklahoma, Michigan, and some of the California schools before he makes his commitment.

Right now, however, the top-100 prospect by 247Sports looks like he's ready to #Believe.