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Andrew Beck picks Texas after declaring Stanford leader

The newest Longhorn announced his decision in a ceremony at his high school on Tuesday.

There wasn't much about the commitment of Tampa (Fl.) Plant linebacker Andrew Beck to Texas that was given away beforehand.

After all, Beck visited Stanford over the weekend and even publicly named the Cardinal his leader following the trip, then decided to announce his decision, hardly something the boded well for the 'Horns, a team that had seemingly been in strong contention for him because of his Texas ties and recent visit.

Beck showed up his announcement wearing a black shirt and gold tie, his school colors. There were no hats on the table, no brim game guessing which hat was unlike the others, as captured on video by Big County Preps.

Just a heartfelt speech from his head coach and a self-deprecating acknowledgement from Beck that he's "not good at this speaking thing" before he reached underneath the table and pulled out a burnt orange Texas hat with a silver Longhorn logo.

In the end, his visit several weeks ago was the difference.

"We walked on campus and it was automatically a great feeling. Everyone told me that when you get to the right place, you feel it in your stomach," said the former Copperas Cove resident.

"It was the players and the coaches and everyone associated with Texas football. From the head coach to the janitors, everyone is an incredible person."

Beck was asked why he felt that he was done with the process.

"I really felt it when I went to Texas," said the 6-3, 235-pound linebacker. "I went to a couple places after that, but I would weigh everything to Texas and I still felt it was Texas. I didn't feel a need to prolong the process."

And so he didn't, even if his choice of Texas was a relative surprise given his weekend visit and declaration.