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Elite OT Kelvin Banks commits to Oregon over Texas

The five-star tackle is yet another high-profile lineman heading to Eugene.

The Texas Longhorns got their second bit of bad news on July 4 as elite offensive tackle Kelvin Banks made his pledge to the Oregon Ducks.

Banks is the No. 15 player in the country and the No. 5 player in the state of Texas out of Summer Creek High School in Humble. He held 24 offers but narrowed his field down to five schools - making all five official visits during the month of June. Texas seemed to be in a strong position for his talents but now lost their second priority tackle to Mario Cristobal after Cameron Williams picked the Ducks earlier in the weekend.

Texas has struggled in the last few cycles landing elite in-state linemen, after missing out on the Brockermeyers in the 2021 class, the Longhorns needed a strong showing in 2022. In spite of today’s miss, offensive line coach Kyle Flood managed to secure the commitments of two high-priority in-state targets, Cole Hutson and Connor Robertson, who both project to the interior of the line.

The Longhorns hold the commitments from 14 players in the 2022 class and hope to increase that number before the end of July.