March 22, 2008

Longhorns get a sweet 16th commitment

As the Texas Longhorns look to put the cherries and whipped cream on top of what is shaping up to be one sweet sundae of a 2009 recruiting class, the name of the game if pretty simple.

The Longhorns want difference makers and only the bluest of the blue-chips need apply.

Pflugerville, Texas defensive end Alex Okafor, who ranks No.8 on the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 List, certainly qualifies as a difference maker, and on Saturday he became the latest star pledge to join Mack Brown's budding commitment list.

The 6-4, 230-pound Okafor, who is the state's top defensive end prospect, made his commitment official while visiting the Longhorns on an unofficial visit this morning.

While it might seem like a natural that the Longhorns would land a long-time UT-lean, his recruitment took a few twists and turns in the last month after unofficial visits to LSU and Stanford.

The Cardinal especially made an impression on Okafor after rolling out the red carpet on a visit a couple of weeks ago, but in the end the lure of playing within a stone's throw from his home was simply too much too pass up.

In addition to offers from Texas, Stanford and LSU, Okafor also had received scholarships offers from Auburn, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Boston College and Minnesota.

With Okafor's commitment the Longhorns are currently sitting pretty with 16 verbal commitments for the 2009 recruiting class.

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