Football

Devin Duvernay Does Austin

Devin Duvernay. (Shane Ware/IT)
Devin Duvernay. (Shane Ware/IT)

AUSTIN — Texas just put the finishing touches on the Class of 2016. In June.

Garland Sachse 5-star WR Devin Duvernay committed to Texas today. He’ll be enrolling in Summer Session II on July 11th.

Devin (5-foot-11, 200-pound WR) flipped from Baylor to Texas. Well, sort of. The pass-catcher from the Metroplex had a change of heart after the turmoil in Waco last month, coupled with BU failing to file the appropriate paperwork for his enrollment.

Duvernay finished the class of 2016 cycle rated as our #5 player in the state. That makes him a borderline five-star in any cycle, and a household name to college coaches and fans who follow recruiting.

This could be a package deal in the future. But Baylor has yet to release Donovan, his brother, from his LOI.

Packaged twins in recruiting is about as old as Doublemint gum, and, of course, Texas already has a set of twins on the roster with Armanti and D’Onta Foreman. D’Onta was considered an afterthought by many when the two signed with Texas. When Devin makes his way to Austin, Donovan won’t have to look far for an example of a less heralded brother making a name for himself. We fully expect Donovan to join the Longhorns, just no way to know the timetable at this moment for him.

Devin Duvernay. (Justin Wells/IT)
Devin Duvernay. (Justin Wells/IT)

This will be a week the Duvernays won’t soon forget. Packed and ready to enroll in Baylor, the duo was shocked like the rest of the Bears’ 2016 signees to learn of Art Briles’ dismissal. Given their circumstances and uncertainty (to put it mildly) at Baylor, there was no way they could enroll. According to one college source, everyone in the country was pursuing the twins. It turns out “everyone” was the key word as that included Texas.

At one point Devin was a Texas lean but he was not going to leave his brother behind. This caused a stalemate with Texas as Charlie Strong was reluctant to offer Donovan. UT and the Duvernay’s were dead in the water. In the end the Duvernays selected Baylor over TCU.

Aside from depth, Texas is most concerned about slot receiver on offense. With the improbable turn of events in Waco, Sterlin Gilbert saw the opportunity to add the answer to his problem. You’d be hard pressed to find an inside receiver with Devin’s skill.

Sturdily built at a wide, 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, with good hands and excellent quickness and speed, Devin the Duve is the slot receiver Vitruvian Man. He’s Quan Cosby before he lost his speed to baseball. For a more recent comparison, he’s Christian Kirk without the maroon. Like those two stalwarts, Devin should make noise in the return game as well. He performed well last summer at The Opening in Oregon, says Inside Texas editor Justin Wells.

Devin Duvernay. (Justin Wells/IT)
Devin Duvernay. (Justin Wells/IT)

“It was clear his speed and quickness helped separate him from most of the pack. That pack includes mostly 4- and 5-star prospects too,” said Wells, after the event last July. His future QB, Shane Buechele, also put on a show. It’s no secret the Longhorns players helped in the recruitment of Devin. It does take a village.

With Texas missing on a couple of players late in the 2016 cycle (they actually did miss on a couple – Dontavious Jackson and Stephon Taylor) there was room to add players. Texas adding the Devin is a great illustration of Strong allowing new offensive coordinator Gilbert autonomy, and yet another reminder of Strong’s closing ability on the recruiting trail. On short notice he and Gilbert had to win a hotly contested recruiting battle and did. Having the Briles offense without the Briles ‘offense’ is quite the selling point it turns out.

Devin rates as a 97.96 on the 247 composite.

The Texas Longhorns class of 2016 just got bigger, better, and more dynamic. And it may not be done growing just yet.

Devin is the 25th commit in the Class of 2016. He joins Jordan Elliott (Houston Westside), Jeffrey McCulloch (Aldine Davis), Erick Fowler (Manor), Chris Brown (Alief Elsik), Brandon Jones (Nacogdoches), D’Andre Christmas-Giles (St Augustine), Marcel Southall (Duncanville), Chris Daniels (Trinity), Kyle Porter (Katy), Lil Jordan Humphrey (Southlake Carroll), Eric Cuffee (Waco High), Zach Shackelford (Belton), Jean Delance (North Mesquite), Davion Curtis (Temple), Denzel Okafor (Lewisville), Andrew Fitzgerald (Flower Mound Marcus), Malcolm Roach (Baton Rouge, LA), Peyton Aucoin (Bother Martin, New Orleans), Collin Johnson (WR – Valley Christian (CA), Reggie Hemphill (WR – Manvel), Shane Buechele (QB – Arlington Lamar), Tope Imade (OL – Arlington Bowie), Gerald Wilbon (DL/OL – Destrehan, LA) and DeMarco Boyd (ATH – Gilmer).