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Texas OL commit Xavier Newman could soon flip to Oklahoma

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An offer last week from the conference rival could loom large moving forward.

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It only took 12 days for DeSoto offensive lineman Xavier Newman to commit to the Texas Longhorns after receiving his offer in April, but with the Oklahoma Sooners now officially a presence in his recruitment, his pledge to the ‘Horns may not last much longer.

According to The Football Brainiacs, “it may only be a matter of time before he flips to the Sooners.” In fact, there’s already a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for Newman to switch his pledge to the rival Sooners that came in after he picked up the offer last week.

The 6’2.5, 272-pounder saw his stock take off during the spring, notching offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and others before making his decision following a visit to Austin for the Orange and White game.

Now a consensus mid three-star prospect, the DeSoto product is the No. 519 player overall, the 24 offensive guard, and the No. 69 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, though 247Sports itself has Newman as a near four-star prospect and the No. 363 player nationally.

Lean, mobile, and versatile, Newman played across the line for DeSoto last season and projects as a possible multi-year contributor. However, he’ll need to add a significant amount of strength and mass and doesn’t fit the typical profile of the massive, road-grading interior linemen that Baylor employed under Art Briles.

Newman is the only offensive lineman currently committed in the 2017 class for the Longhorns, but Texas now has 17 scholarship offensive linemen on the roster for the 2016 season, with right tackle Kent Perkins the lone senior. In fact, with the addition of former defensive tackle Jake McMillon, 15 of those players have three or more years of eligibility remaining.

Former Baylor signees JP Urquidez and especially Patrick Hudson further increased the depth under position coach Matt Mattox, a remarkable turnaround after Texas scrambled to add Alex Anderson and Elijah Rodriguez in the 2014 class.

So Newman may not consider the ‘Horns the best fit for him any longer as Mattox pursues what will be a small offensive line class in the current cycle and the need for Newman from the Texas side is not as significant now as it would have been two years ago.

Stay tuned.