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3-star DE Garfield Lawrence picks Houston over Texas

The Longhorns weren’t able to land another defensive line prospect despite a visit over the weekend.

Mike Roach — 247Sports

As the 2021 cycle comes to a close, the Texas Longhorns missed on a talent in the trenches as Tyler Legacy strong-side defensive end Garfield Lawrence committed to the Houston Cougars on Thursday.

Ranked as a consensus three-star prospect, Garfield pledged to the Jayhawks in late November over nearly 20 options, including Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas State, SMU, and Tennessee. Lawrence didn’t sign to officially seal his future in Lawrence during the early signing period, which left the door open for Houston and Texas.

Lawrence took a visit to the Forty Acres over the weekend as new head coach Steve Sarkisian’s staff pursued him. The Tyler Legacy product appeared to trend towards the Longhorns at that time, but the Cougars were able to close in the end.

As a senior, the 6’4, 240-pounder recorded 48 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Lawrence is ranked as the nation’s No. 49 strong-side defensive end and as the No. 108 player in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite.

Texas has landed two graduate transfer outside linebackers in recent days with the additions of LSU’s Ray Thornton and Notre Dame’s Ovie Oghoufo.