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Texas no longer in contention for elite QB Malik Hornsby

Talented in-state quarterback Malik Hornsby releases his top eight programs.

Malik Hornsby
SB Nation: Joe Hamilton

The Texas Longhorns are no longer in the mix with one of the nation’s more talented quarterbacks.

On Wednesday evening, four-star Fort Bend Marshall dual-threat quarterback Malik Hornsby dropped a list of his top eight schools that he’ll be focusing on throughout the rest of his recruitment. Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Houston, North Carolina, Oregon, SMU, and Texas A&M were all named in Hornsby’s list.

Unfortunately for the Longhorns, they didn’t make the cut.

Hornsby received an offer from the Longhorns mid-May of last year and had high interest in them when he first began to receive attention on the recruiting trail.

There was light for the Longhorns in Hornsby’s recruitment because of his love for former Texas-great Vince Young and the relationship he was building with offensive coordinator Tim Beck, but talks between the two parties died down during his junior season.

“Texas stands out very gracefully for me,” Hornsby said. “You know, it’s the home of Vince Young — I watched him growing up. I feel like if was to go there, I would be a good fit.”

“My relationship with Coach Beck is strong, as a staff, it’s not that strong. But individually with Tim Beck it’s good.”

The Horns staff never quite got in-tune with the dynamic gunslinger over the past year from a relationship standpoint and that now leaves Hornsby with an interesting decision to make that most thought would be Texas A&M without a doubt. After taking an official visit to North Carolina weeks ago, the Tar Heels presume a threat.

Tom Herman and his staff currently have one commitment at the quarterback position with a pledge from Lake Travis star Hudson Card. The Longhorns will most likely stick with Card as their lone committed prospect at that position.

At 6’2, 175 pounds, Hornsby is ranked as the nation’s No. 116 prospect, the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the country, and as the No. 14 player in the state, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.