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Texas Longhorns first to offer 2016 Gilmer ATH Demarco Boyd

The versatile prospect is the younger brother of star 2015 defensive back recruit Kris Boyd.

Demarco Boyd at Texas state 7-on-7
Demarco Boyd at Texas state 7-on-7
Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)

The Texas Longhorns have had a number of brothers play in the burnt orange and white in recent years and could have another pair in the near future after offering 2016 Gilmer athlete Demarco Boyd, according to multiple reports.

There was apparently some confusion in recent weeks about the status of Boyd's offer, but it has finally been confirmed.

The 5'11, 215-pounder is the younger brother of star 2015 defensive back recruit Kris Boyd, who is a key target of the Longhorns in that class. Is the offer merely a move to land the older brother, the more highly-regarded prospect who hasn't visited Austin since July, but has tripped three times to College Station since then?

Viewing the offer through that prism is probably more than a little bit disrespectful to Demarco, who doesn't have any other offers at this point, but is a solid prospect in his own right.

Capable of playing either linebacker or running back at the next level, the only service that has ranked Boyd is Scout, which classifies him as a three-star prospect, the No. 21 inside linebacker nationally, and the No. 84 player in Texas. Given the fact that he's quite undersized and is making the transition from playing nose guard as a sophomore, that ranking indicates that the service actually thinks quite highly of him.

The junior film for Boyd should have a chance to positively impact his rankings, as he's now playing running back and linebacker, the two positions he's most likely to play in college.

Where is he the best fit? If Texas head coach Charlie Strong thinks he can play linebacker, it would be hard to argue with that, but if Boyd can keep putting on weight, he would be a solid take as a fullback since the Longhorns will be without Alex De La Torre and Dominic Cruciani by 2016 and don't really have any other options on the roster at the moment.

And Boyd's stats on the season are pretty solid:

in the 247Sports Crystal Ball, three predictions have already come in for the Longhorns.

Texas has needed something to happen to surge with the older Boyd for some time and this offer may be exactly what it takes -- when the Longhorns became the first school to offer both Armanti Foreman and D'Onta Foreman in the 2014 class, the former staff was able to close the deal with both of them.