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Texas CB target Deuce Harmon commits to Texas A&M

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The Longhorns likely suffered from being a little bit late to officially enter Harmon’s recruitment.

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Denton Guyer cornerback Deuce Harmon announced his commitment to the Texas A&M Aggies over the Texas Longhorns on Thursday via Twitter.

Three weeks ago, Harmon narrowed his list to seven schools and included the Longhorns among his finalists, at the time a promising development because Texas didn’t offer him until April 9, three days after his released his top 10 schools.

However, it seems that the Horns waited too long to evaluate the 5’9 185-pounder following the arrivals of new defensive coordinator Chris Ash and new cornerbacks coach Jay Valai — in an interview with 247Sports, Harmon cited the consistency of how the Aggies approached his recruitment since offering him last September and then hosting him on multiple visits.

Is there still a chance for the Longhorns?

Harmon did leave the door open, saying that he hasn’t completely shut his recruitment down.

“I still plan on taking visits, taking my officials in the fall when that opens back up,” Harmon said. “I just want to go into the season not worrying about as much stuff as I am now knowing that I’m committed to a school, but I still want to take my officials in the fall.”

So expect Valai to continue working to build a relationship with Harmon — the Denton Guyer product has the athleticism that Ash covets for his press-man scheme, even though he doesn’t have ideal size. The in-state cornerback class also features less depth than usual, making prospects like Harmon a bigger priority for the Horns.

A&M does have an additional advantage, though, because Harmon’s teammate, dual-threat quarterback Eli Stowers, is also committed to the Aggies.

It’s also extremely rare for a prospect to flip their pledge between Texas and Texas A&M. Since wide receiver Marcus Johnson flipped from the Aggies to the Longhorns as a member of the 2012 recruiting class, only 2020 wide receiver signee Troy Omeire has made that same move.