Though standout Baylor defectors J.P. Urquidez and the Duvernay brothers have signed with Texas in the past two days, it appears that the Longhorns will not be getting literally "errybody" in their 2016 recruiting class. EJ Holland of 247Sports reported Sunday night that Memorial High School running back Kameron Martin will choose between TCU and Auburn after being released from his letter of intent with Baylor.
Ex-Baylor RB signee Kameron Martin (@TeamKamMartin) has informed me that Texas is no longer an option. Auburn and TCU are his finalists.— EJ Holland (@EJHolland247) June 26, 2016
It's not a huge surprise that the four-star running back from Port Arthur, Texas has cut the Longhorns from his list, even though Charlie Strong's team was rumored to be a favorite for his services. Texas already signed US Army All-American running back Kyle Porter to its 2016 class, and also has the Smash Bros -- junior D'onta Foreman and sophomore Chris Warren -- to wreak havoc on opposing defenses.
Though Auburn is far from home for Martin, the Tigers do not have a solidified backfield. Peyton Barber rushed for over 1,000 yards for the Tigers last season, but he unexpectedly entered the NFL draft as a junior in order to provide for his homeless mother. In April, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told Auburntigers.com, "To be honest with you, no one had really earned it in practice," when discussing the tailback starting job.
Meanwhile, the Horned Frogs also have a void in the backfield, as their leading rusher, Aaron Green, graduated and signed with the Los Angeles Rams. Though TCU and Auburn have openings for early playing time, Texas' backfield is currently one of its greatest strengths, which may have not appealed to Martin.
Texas can only sign two more recruits for 2016 to prevent going over the limit of 25 signees in one class (Texas currently has 27, but four were early enrollees and therefore don't count). Four-star offensive tackle Patrick Hudson and four-star cornerback Parrish Cobb are Texas' two remaining former Baylor signee targets. Hudson in particular is a major priority, as Texas' young offensive line still lacks depth.
Texas is missing out on a coveted prospect but not a coveted need in Kameron Martin. While not landing a top recruit always stings, it might be best for both parties in the end, as Charlie Strong is dangerously close to his 85 scholarship max and the aforementioned 25 scholarship per class limit. Sometimes, for a multitude of reasons, "errybody" simply isn't practical or possible, but there's still work to do in the 2016 class, and Charlie Strong's momentum doesn't appear to be slowing any time soon.