The eyes of Texas are now fixed solely upon former Baylor signee Patrick Hudson's pending decision. As it currently stands, Hudson's looming re-commitment, which will come down to Texas, Oklahoma or Baylor, is the only uncertainty remaining concerning the five former Baylor signees and potential Longhorns.
Hudson was among the five former Baylor signees who received a release from their Letter of Intent with on Thursday, along with JP Urquidez, Donovan Duvernay, Parrish Cobb and Kameron Martin. Urquidez signed with the Longhorns on Saturday during his visit and Duvernay signed a financial aid agreement with Texas later that day, following his brother Devin from Waco to Austin. Martin elected to attend Auburn, while Cobb looked to be choosing between Texas and Oklahoma, but the latter likely lands the four-star cornerback after Cobb reportedly skipped a meeting with Texas' coaches Sunday.
Now, all that remains is what's to come from the four-star Silsbee offensive guard, and that may be happening sooner rather than later.
I finally got my prayers answered.— Patrick Hudson (@pathud20) June 27, 2016
In all likelihood, it's down to Texas and Oklahoma for the nation's No. 2 guard, with Baylor viewed as a distant third. The Longhorns are considered to have the slight edge over the Sooners, but Hudson spent the weekend in Norman for an official visit. With the dead period beginning at midnight, which will prevent the Texas staff from any in-person contact with Hudson, it essentially becomes a waiting game that could end at any moment. Oklahoma having what looks to be the last face-to-face contact with Hudson prior to the second summer session beginning July 11 could become a determining factor.
Furthermore, there's the increasingly complicated scholarship situation Texas is tasked with sorting out. Following Saturday's additions of Urquidez and Duvernay, Texas currently sits at 86 scholarships - one more than the 85-scholarship limit. Of course, there's still questions surrounding Erick Fowler's academic eligibility and failing to qualify would free up another scholarship, but if that became the case and Hudson committed to Texas, the ‘Horns would still be one scholarship over the limit.
That said, Charlie Strong and his staff likely have an end game in mind already and would address the situation accordingly as clarification arises and pieces fall into place. In short, the Longhorns coaching staff would happily add Hudson as the 28th member of a top 10-ranked 2016 class and figure things out after.