Somehow, some way, the Baylor Bears didn't turn in the NLI signed by Sachse wide receiver Devin Duvernay, leaving the nation's No. 4 wide receiver free to look elsewhere. As reported after the initial news broke on Thursday, the Texas Longhorns are now a contender, with ESPN's Gerry Hamilton indicating the Duvernay plans to visit Austin on Monday.
The Duvernay family had a barrage of telephone calls from potential suitors on Thursday, but it does now appear that the interest in serious from both sides, as the dynamic 5'11, 195-pound slot prospect has been in contact with new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert and tight ends coach Jeff Traylor.
Gilbert wasn't on staff in late November when Duvernay committed to the Bears, so the addition of his Briles-derived veer-and-shoot offense, as well as the spring rise of early enrollee quarterback Shane Buechele, could both be factors that significantly help the Longhorns.
The other biggest contender appears to be the TCU Horned Frogs, who are also likely to host the Metroplex product next week. Co-offensive Sonny Cumbie, who spurned the 'Horns to stay with the Horned Frogs, has been his point of contact.
Perhaps the biggest factor, however, may be Duvernay's twin brother, Donovan, who also signed with Baylor, but hasn't gotten out of his NLI yet. At 5'9, 175 pounds, Donovan is a mid three-star prospect who may not have a natural position. Texas never offered him during the recruiting process, so it remains to be seen whether head coach Charlie Strong would extend him an offer with three or four other Baylor players possibly interested in Texas in the event that they receive an eventual release. Perhaps a grayshirt offer would make the most sense.