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Texas misses cut for No. 6 ILB Kendrick Blackshire

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One of the top defenders in the 2021 class is no longer considering the Longhorns.

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Duncanville linebacker Kendrick Blackshire released his top six schools on Wednesday, but the Texas Longhorns did not make the cut.

Alabama, Baylor, Indiana, LSU, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M are the remaining contenders for the 6’2, 250-pounder. Some of those inclusions are a little bit surprising — Dave Aranda and his staff have only been at Baylor for several months and Illinois doesn’t often make the lists of national prospects with close to 30 offers.

For Texas, the question is whether Blackshire was a scheme fit, as he’s already on the heavy side for an inside linebacker in the Big 12, so he’d project best as a Jack linebacker or defense end with the Longhorns.

Contrast that projection with the recent offer to South Oak Cliff’s Jaydon Williams, a former wide receiver who is still under 200 pounds and it becomes a little bit more apparent the direction that the current staff is going.

Still, missing out on a top-150 prospect who ranks among the top 30 players in the state is significant and worth noting.