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Texas now free to pursue five former Baylor signees

A lack of available scholarship could be the biggest impediment to expanding the 2016 class.

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After initially showing signs of refutation, the Baylor Bears finally released five former signees from their national letters of intent, providing the recruiting market with a handful of 2016 talents seeking a new home.

Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns may once again become the beneficiaries of the Baylor’s unraveling following Devin Duvernay, Baylor’s former top-rated signee, committing to Texas earlier this week.

As it stands, Texas has only one available scholarship, although, should signees Marcel Southall or Erick Fowler ultimately fail to qualify academically, more scholarships would become available. That’s temporarily a tossup that looks like it will land in Texas favor, which may mean the Longhorns have one offer to expend and five talents to consider.

Devin Duvernay’s twin brother, three-star Sachse athlete Donovan, never picked up a Texas offer throughout his recruitment, which cost the Longhorns Devin’s commitment, as the brothers wanted to play together at the next level. Texas is yet to offer Donovan following yesterday’s release, but it’s quite possible that Devin’s commitment came with the promise of a roster spot for his brother.

If not, or should attrition or academic shortcomings become a reality for Texas, four-star guard Patrick Hudson is a player many would love to see in burnt orange. The nation’s No. 2 guard and No. 50 player chose Baylor over Texas in a last-second decision, and with offensive line depth being an issue right now for the Longhorns, adding Hudson to the mix could provide an immediate impact.

Hudson seemingly teased this possibility the other day on Twitter, so it will be interesting to see how Hudson’s final recruitment plays out.

Port Arthur Memorial’s Kameron Martin, La Vega’s Parrish Cobb and Copperas Cove’s J.P. Urquidez are all names to keep an eye on. Martin, a four-star all-purpose running back, told Horns247 he plans to visit Texas next week, but it would be a bit of a surprise if he commits considering Texas’ youth and depth in the backfield. Cobb, a former Oklahoma commit and four-star cornerback also seems like a more far-fetched option, as does Urquidez, a four-star offensive tackle. Each hold numerous major offers, but there’s little indication that Texas is a likely landing spot at of now.

If all plays out as expected, Duvernay or Hudson will be joining Texas’ impressive, top 10-ranked recruiting class before long, if not both of them, if another scholarship comes available.