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Rising LB Andrew Parker sticks with Arkansas over Texas

The Longhorns weren’t able to add another scholarship linebacker to the class.

Andrew Parker

A weekend visit by New Orleans (La.) Sophie B. Wright linebacker Andrew Parker was not enough for the Texas Longhorns to flip Arkansas Razorbacks pledge on National Signing Day:

It was a rather dramatic morning for the late-rising prospect — he was originally set to sign at 9 a.m. CT, then pushed that back to 10 a.m., but didn’t make his decision official until an hour later.

The 6’2, 225-pounder experienced a whirlwind recruitment in the final weeks. In December, Parker was picking up offers from the likes of McNeese State and Georgetown, but after the early signing period, he started garnering more attention.

Arkansas offered on January 12 and gained Parker’s commitment shortly after an official visit in mid-January. Then Texas A&M and Texas entered the picture, along with TCU.

The Aggies were unable to get Parker on campus. In fact, Parker was originally scheduled to visit TCU last weekend, but changed his mind and visited Texas instead.

A consensus three-star prospect, Parker is ranked as the No. 1,596 player nationally, the No. 67 inside linebacker, and the No. 64 player in Louisiana, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Texas finished the class with two linebackers — early enrollee Ayodele Adeoye and Bryon Hobbs, but gained some program depth on Tuesday evening when Fort Worth All Saints product and Longhorns legacy Luke Brockermeyer accepted a preferred walk-on spot at Texas instead of accepting a scholarship at Rice or Oregon State.