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Oklahoma may have best shot to land No. 4 WR Devin Duvernay

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Competing with the Sooners may be tough for the Longhorns because of a potentially key connection.

Devin Duvernay
Devin Duvernay
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When the news emerged that Sachse wide receiver Devin Duvernay's NLI was never submitted to the Big 12 office by the Baylor Bears, the two frontrunners for his services were reportedly the Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs. Duvernay is expected to visit both schools before making a decision, but the Oklahoma Sooners are also in contention.

The 5'11, 195-pounder told ESPN this week that he currently plans on choosing between those three schools.

And the Sooners may have an edge, even if head coach Bob Stoops and his program seemingly weren't in the mix last week.

"When I committed to Baylor, Oklahoma was my number two so I have always liked them," Duvernay said "Kyler is talking to me about Oklahoma now too."

Having already taken numerous trips to Norman, Duvernay may not visit before deciding, but the connection with Texas A&M transfer quarterback Kyler Murray, who also happens to be his cousin, could play a big role. While Murray likely won't play until Baker Mayfield exhausts his eligibility after the 2017 season, the presence of Mayfield on the roster may be appealing to Duvernay, too, as the Sooners boast the best short-term quarterback situation among the three apparent finalists.

As at Texas and TCU, there's also opportunity at Oklahoma -- leading receiver Sterling Shepard graduated last year, as did third-leading receiver Durron Neal. The top slot candidate on the roster is senior Jarvis Baxter after junior Michiah Quick moved to cornerback, but Baxter was a lightly-regarded junior college addition to the 2015 class who doesn't have the size or speed of Duvernay.

So if Duvernay decides that playing for a proven national contender is more appealing than helping Texas get back to the top, a weekend visit to Austin won't be enough to secure his services.