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TE Devonaire Clarington signs with the Texas Longhorns

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Clarington signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, officially making him a member of the University of Texas class of 2019.

Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington tight end Devonaire Clarington signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, officially making him a Texas Longhorn:

The consensus four-star tight end was the 29th best player in the state of Florida and the 203rd best player nationally, according to 247's composite rankings. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Clarington is a member of the Florida five four, a group of commits headlined by linebacker Cecil Cherry that helped Charlie Strong establish a respected presence in the sunshine state.

Clarington held offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and Florida but ultimately chose the Longhorns over LSU and Miami after visiting Austin in November. He committed last month at the Army All-American Bowl.

BON's Wescott Eberts explains the significance of Clarington's signing:

The 6'5, 222-pounder chose Texas over finalists Miami, LSU, and Florida to give the Longhorns the most important tight end pledge the school has received in years. Perhaps since landing Jermichael Finley in the 2005 class, though Blaine Irby was also ranked as the No. 6 tight end nationally in 2007, as Finley was during his cycle.

Clarington's high school teammate is Texas DB commit Davante Davis.