Any illusion that New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine defensive tackle Courtney Garnett was going to end up making it into school for the Texas Longhorns ended on Tuesday evening via Garnett's Twitter account:
Texas is no longer a option 🙅🙅🙅— Courtney Garnett (@ONLYFORAKING) January 8, 2014
Facing qualification concerns, the wording of the tweet is probably telling -- Texas is merely no longer an option, not that he's de-committing.
Ranked as a consensus three-star prospect, Garnett is the No. No. 55 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 38 player in the state of Louisiana by the 247Sports Composite rankings. At the time of his June 4 commitment to Texas at a camp, Garnett held offers from Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, and Southern Miss. The Sooners may still be an option for Garnett, as they were considered a serious contender of this services back during the start of the summer.
In fact, Garnett send this tweet out late Tuesday evening:
TENNESEE VOLS OR OKLAHOMA SOONERS— Courtney Garnett (@ONLYFORAKING) January 8, 2014
The reasons for Garnett officially ending his commitment to Texas and ultimate destination (likely junior college) aren't as important, however, as the stark fact that the Longhorns are now basically down to one defensive tackle commit in the class, Longview's Zaycoven Henderson, after San Antonio Warren's Trey Lealaimatafao officially ended his own commitment to the Longhorns earlier on Tuesday evening following the departure of defensive tackle coach Bo Davis to the USC Trojans.
The dominoes will hopefully stop falling at the defensive tackle position and the good news is that Abilene defensive end Jake McMillon could become a swing man in the class if he can add the weight. Listed at 6'3 and 240 pounds, McMillon has a ways to go there, but at least there is another potential option already in the class.
The problem is that defensive tackle depth is already relatively thin after missing on A'Shawn Robinson and Andrew Billings and the Longhorns don't have any real targets on the board in the 2014 class at this time.
Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford may have to figure out how to run a 3-4 defense if they suffer any more attrition at the position.