An in-state offensive tackle target for the Texas Longhorns won’t be playing his college football in burnt orange and white, as Kansas State Wildcats pledge Kaitori Leveston has told the Longhorns coaching staff that he’ll be sticking with his current commitment, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
247Sports also reported the news.
Texas offered the Waco Midway product on November 20 in hopes of landing another prep product to add depth to a relatively thin position, but the 6’5, 290-pounder apparently feels a loyalty to Kansas State after committing to the Wildcast on September 5.
"K-State felt like my home, so I made the decision that I was going to stay committed to K-State," Leveston told 247Sports. "I contacted coach (Derek) Warehime and I told him that I was going to stay. He said he respects my decision.
“I told him that I really appreciate the offer, because I had always loved UT since I was a little boy and it was a true blessing to get that, that was one of my goals I had set this year to get an offer from UT, but Kansas has grown up on me, so I decided I was going to stay with K-State."
There were several flip predictions for Leveston following his offer in the 247Sports Crystal Ball. However, relative to the overall recruiting stature of Kansas State, it’s not particularly easy for schools like Texas to flip prospects late in the process — Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder does an excellent job of building relationships with recruits that don’t just disintegrate when a higher-profile program comes along.
As a result, the ‘Horns are now forced to move on and focus on other offensive tackle targets in the junior college ranks.
Leveston is a consensus three-star prospect rated as the No. 1,331 player nationally, the No. 119 offensive tackle, and the No. 195 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.