The top-rated player in the Baylor Bears 2016 class is now free to head elsewhere after four-star Sachse wide receiver Devin Duvernay and his family determined that the Bears never filed his NLI with the NCAA, according to ESPN.
In the report by Max Olson and Gerry Hamilton, it's noted that Duvernay's NLI was deemed invalid after Baylor failed to send it to the Big 12 offices within 14 days. That's a fairly significant error, as it allows the nation's No. 36 player and No. 4 wide receiver to go play college football somewhere else, as clearly noted by Susan Peal, the director of the national letter of intent program:
"She said Devin is not in the system," Duvernay's father Henry said. "She had her people verify that, and he is free to go."
The Duvernays are still in the process of seeking a release from his son Donovan Duvernay's NLI.
As for Devin, he's expected to remain in state after departing from Baylor and land in Fort Worth or Austin.
We're told TCU, Texas are now the frontrunners for Devin Duvernay. Twin brother Donovan Duvernay still seeking release from Baylor.— Max Olson (@max_olson) June 2, 2016
The Texas Longhorns now have some options at receiver, but if Duvernay were to take his talents to the Forty Acres, it wouldn't be long before he sees the field. He was once considered a relatively heavy Texas lean with a number of Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the 'Horns, but head coach Charlie Strong's program faded down the stretch as Devin decided that he wanted to play with his brother Donovan, in whom Texas never showed much interest.
As seen in the video below, courtesy of the Star-Telegram, the Duvernay brothers playing alongside each other has brought the two much success:
Whether Donovan's eventual destination will once again impact his brother is not yet known, as he will have to go through the process of receiving his release before he can have contact with other schools.