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Texas JUCO OT target Badara Traore commits to LSU

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Despite the sell of early playing time in Austin, Badara Traore is headed to Baton Rouge.

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One of the Texas Longhorns top remaining targets is now off the board, as elite JUCO offensive tackle Badara Traore announced his commitment to the LSU Tigers on Thursday evening.

A four-star prospect out of ASA College in New York, Traore picked up his Texas offer on Sept. 15 and officially visited the Forty Acres on Oct. 20. The recent push, however, wasn’t quite enough and as expected, Traore ultimately sided with LSU, which offered just weeks ago on Nov. 24 just prior to his Nov. 25 official visit.

Traore is ranked as the nation’s No. 6 JUCO prospect and the No. 1 JUCO offensive tackle in the nation, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.

With Traore now headed elsewhere, all eyes will turn to four-star East Salt Lake City offensive tackle Junior Angilau and JUCO offensive tackle Mikey Grandy to fill a need along the offensive line.

The ‘Horns 2018 class does currently hold a pair of four-star pledges from Frisco Wakeland product Rafiti Ghirmai and Seminole prospect Reese Moore, but as the 2017 season proved, depth is a dire need in the offensive trenches.

Texas is currently favored to land Angilau and Grandy,per 247Sports Crystal Ball.