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4-star Texas OT target Stacey Wilkins is nearing decision

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One of the Longhorns top offensive line targets is set to announce his commitment a bit sooner than expected.

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Camden (Ark.) Fairview offensive tackle Stacey Wilkins will be committed to the program of his choice in the very near future.

On Thursday, the four-star prospect took to Twitter to announce that he will be bringing his recruitment to a close in the coming weeks.

As is, all 17 of Wilkins’ Crystal Ball projections point to Oklahoma, and the Sooners have been considered the frontrunner for quite some time, so this news comes off as a positive development for Lincoln Riley and his staff. Arkansas appears to be Oklahoma’s biggest competition at this point, and the home-state product is set to officially visit the Razorbacks this month on July 27.

It would be fairly surprising if the pick were any program other than Oklahoma or Arkansas, and again, the signs point towards the Sooners.

However, although it’s not entirely clear, Wilkins’ comments indicate that the Arkansas native will announce his commitment early in hopes of simply securing a spot going forward. If this is the case and Wilkins does continue to look elsewhere following his pledge, this could eventually bode well for Texas.

Wilkins visited the Forty Acres earlier in the spring, and is aiming to return in the fall for an official visit on Sept. 15 when USC is in town. If that tour comes to fruition, the Longhorns would, of course, have their work cut out for them, but things change quite frequently in recruiting and Texas could make things interesting if yet another step forward on the field is in the future.

In the meantime, Texas is likely on the cusp of looking elsewhere. Four-star Houston North Forest product Javonne Shepherd remains the priority at the position, and he’s openly stated multiple times that the Longhorns are the frontrunner. Officially securing his pledge may soon become of even further significance.