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Texas DE target Taquon Graham won't announce commitment on Friday

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The consensus four-star prospect looked like a lock to join the Texas class.

Taquon Graham
Taquon Graham
Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)

More than a month ago, Temple defensive end Taqon Graham originally set his announcement date for his school's spring game on May 27, but announced on Monday that he will needs more time:

A consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 12 weakside defensive end nationally and the No. 26 player in Texas, Graham is widely viewed as a heavy Texas Longhorns lean at this time, as all 13 of his predictions in the 247Sports Crystal Ball favor Texas. In that regard, the news is something of a blow for head coach Charlie Strong and his staff, as the 6'3, 251-pounder was virtually a lock to select the 'Horns on Wednesday.

However, given that Strong would rather secure a commitment late in the process than have a player commit too early and decide to back out of the pledge later, this seems like a decision that Strong would support unequivocally.

Graham does have some offers from prestigious national programs like Georgia, Michigan, Miami, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, and USC, so there's a solid chance that he wants to take visits to those schools during the summer or during the fall of his upcoming season.

Texas has hosted Graham on unofficial visits three times this year -- for the Junior Day in late February, again in early April, and a final time for the Orange and White game two weeks later. The 'Horns currently hold one pledge from a defensive end in the 2017 class, Liberty-Eylau's Largaryonn Carson.