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Baylor and Texas are the finalists for Derrick Brown

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The edge defender will announce his commitment on July 20 and the Longhorns look like the favorites.

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The Texas Longhorns are officially one of two finalists for Texarkana Texas High edge defender Derrick Brown, who announced the Baylor Bears as the other remaining contender on Monday.

A 6’4, 210-pounder who is rated as a consensus four-star prospect, Brown visited Austin during the first visit weekend in June after the dead period was finally lifted for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started. Brown seemed to come away impressed with what he saw.

In the immediate aftermath of that visit Horns247’s Mike Roach put in a high-confidence Crystal Ball prediction in favor of Texas.

Brown previously took a visit to Oklahoma, but the Sooners were eliminated in favor of the Bears after head coach Dave Aranda and his staff hosted Brown last weekend. Texas Tech was also eliminated following a recent visit.

The recent commitment of Nevada’s Anthony Jones has somewhat decreased the pressure on defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski to find players at the edge position, but with no clear replacement for Joseph Ossai yet, Brown remains a key recruit for the Longhorns.

Ranked as the No. 302 player nationally, Brown is the No. 13 edge player in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

He’s set to announce his decision between the Longhorns and the Bears on July 20.