On Saturday evening, a third former Baylor Bears signee inked a financial aid agreement with the Texas Longhorns, as Sachse athlete Donovan Duvernay will join his twin brother Devin in Austin, according to a report from ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton and other reports.
Great way to finish off a big day in ATX! #LetsRide— Charlie Strong (@Strong_TexasFB) June 26, 2016
Duvernay is the second addition to the 2016 class for the Longhorns on Saturday, in addition to Copperas Cove offensive tackle JP Urquidez, who signed during a visit to campus in the afternoon.
During the initial Texas recruitment of the Duvernay brothers, Texas wasn’t willing to offer Donovan in order to land Devin. Even though there still isn’t an official scholarship offer listed from the ‘Horns, conventional wisdom for the last month has held that the two are again a package deal.
Conventional wisdom was correct.
A 5’9, 177-pounder, the smaller Duvernay played wide receiver and defensive back for Sachse, just like his brother, and could play either position in college. He held 10 offers before committing to Baylor, including from Michigan and TCU.
Here's what Texas fans should know about Duvernay:
How he fits at Texas: Donovan Duvernay would be a good take for an Air Raid team even if his brother wasn't the fastest player in the state. At Baylor he's going to have to prove himself in the slot against a crowded field but he has real quickness and receiving ability so if he learns to run routes better than anyone else he has a chance to find the field. You also wonder if he might have upside on defense.
Coach Says: No, Donovan isn't as dynamic as his brother Devin, but how many players in the country are? With that said the more I watch the kid, the more I like him and think you can find a way to factor him to your football team. Now whether you are going to keep him at receiver where most of his tape features him at or at defensive back where you have to go back to his junior tape to see him at is another story. On the offensive side he makes a good amount of plays and seems to have a knack for getting himself open. He's a potential utility guy that can be used in a variety of ways on offense and could potentially even be showcased as a returner. It will be interesting to see how he is used once he gets to campus.
Donovan is a consensus three-star prospect rated as the No. 885 player nationally, the No. 61 ahtlete, and the No. 113 player in the state, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Texas is now one scholarship over the 85-man limit this fall, assuming that Erick Fowler and Marcell Southall both arrive on campus.