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Texas confirms addition of four-star 2016 Baylor signee Devin Duvernay

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One day after the player acknowledged it, so has his new school.

Wednesday, erstwhile Baylor signee Devin Duvernay had reportedly confirmed that he had committed to Texas as his new college football home.  Thursday, in a press release, the Longhorns confirmed the four-star wide receiver’s addition to their roster.

“I’m so excited to have Devin joining our program and making what already was a tremendous class of 2016 even better,” a statement from UT head coach Charlie Strong began. “We’re thrilled to have him, not just because he’s so talented as a football player, but even more so because he’s a super young man with great character.

“He’s one of the fastest sprinters in the nation, so you know he brings unbelievable speed and explosiveness to our team. We’re looking forward to getting him to campus.”

Aside from his four-star football exploits, Duvernay will bring 10.27 100-meter dash speed to Austin, the third-fastest time for a high schooler this year.

Duvernay had originally signed with Baylor as a member of the Bears’ 2016 recruiting class this past February.  The combination of the sexual assault scandal and a botched National Letter of Intent led him to become a recruiting free agent again.

Four-star Baylor signee Devin Duvernay commits to Texas

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 6: Head coach Charlie Strong of the Texas Longhorns encourages his team in warmups before playing the BYU Cougars on September 6, 2014 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
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Due to a costly snafu on Baylor’s part, one of its Big 12 rivals just got a lot better.

Since the firing of Art Briles, the highest-value members of Baylor’s heralded signing class have expressed a desire to get out of their scholarships — with varying degrees of success. One of the few able to make it out of Waco unscathed will be Devin Duvernay, a four-star wide receiver out of Sachse, Texas. Duvernay signed a National Letter of Intent with the Bears in February, but Baylor never actually turned the paperwork in, freeing Duvernay — the No. 52 player in the country, according to Rivals — to sign with any school he pleases.

On Wednesday, Duvernay announced his intention to enroll at Texas. He’ll be in Austin next month.

At Texas, Duvernay figures to contribute immediately to an offense that is suddenly bursting with young pass-catching talent. John Burt was one of the 2015 attack’s lone bright spots as a true feshman, and early enrollee Collin Johnson turned heads with his ability to haul in everything that came near his 6-foot-6 frame.

What Texas didn’t have was a burner, and Duvernay, who paired his 21 total touchdowns with a 10.27 second 100-meter dash (the third fastest time in the country) fits that mold perfectly.

Baylor’s vaunted passing game took another hit earlier this week when wide receiver Tren'Davian Dickson, the national record-holder for with 27 single-season touchdown catches, announced a transfer to Houston. Junior college signee DeQuinton Osborne plans to enroll at Oklahoma State, and seven of the Bears’ signees have signaled interested to enroll elsewhere, also. Baylor’s 2017 recruiting class currently features only one commitment.

Once committed to UCLA, Ex-Texas C Jake Raulerson tweets a move on to Arkansas

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 04:  Jake Raulerson #50 of the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The long, strange journey of Jake Raulerson has apparently come to an end, but not before one final little twist.

After it was announced in January that the Texas graduate transfer would be moving on to UCLA, it was reported earlier this month that he wouldn’t be a Bruin after all as he wasn’t admitted into his two preferred graduate programs at that school. Subsequent to that, Raulerson posted on Twitter that he had been accepted into SMU’s business program, leading most to assume that the Mustangs would be his new home.

What’s that saying about the word assume? Again on his Twitter account, Raulerson revealed Wednesday that he has been accepted into Arkansas’ business school, seemingly confirming that SMU now had some competition for his services both academically and athletically.

Less than a day after that posting, Raulerson took to the same social media site Thursday to announce that he will be finishing (presumably) his collegiate career with the Razorbacks.

The acceptance letter and decision to transfer to the Hogs came after an extended visit to Fayetteville by the offensive lineman last week. Along with UA and SMU, North Carolina had also been believed to be a potential landing spot.

Raulerson started five games in 2014 (four at center, one at guard), then played in eight games this past season. Exiting the 2015 regular season, Patterson was viewed as the favorite to win the starting center job for the Longhorns in 2016.

Not only will Raulerson be eligible to play immediately at Arkansas, but he will be eligible to play in 2017 as well.

Chatter returns on resuming A&M-Texas, Michigan-Notre Dame rivalries

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Patrick Lewis #61 of the Texas A&M Aggies prepares to snap the ball against the Texas Longhorns in the second half of a game at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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One of the greatest aspects of the sport of college football has always been the rivalries, but some luster was lost on that front thanks to expansion. If the developments of late this past week continue, at least a couple of rivalries that have been lost of late could be making their way back.

Maybe.

Both Texas’ Charlie Strong and his counterpart at Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin, have previously stumped for a resumption of that bitter in-state rivalry. In pointed comments Friday, Strong gave the strongest indication yet that a resumption of a rivalry in hibernation thanks to A&M’s move to the SEC could be closer to awakening than most had previously thought.

“They’re trying to work out something right now where we go play the Aggies,” the UT coach said in response to a Houston Touchdown Club question.

Sounds promising, right?  Before you go getting too excited, however, take in this cold dose of reality:

Back in April, A&M’s new athletic director, Scott Woodward, was quoted as saying he has “no objection” to a resumption of the football rivalry, although even he acknowledged that such a decision is “well above my pay grade.”  After both Strong and Sumlin came out strongly in favor of a renewal in April of 2015, and prior to Strong’s comments this week, there had been very little movement on that front, save for one A&M regent publicly wanting to renew it to give the Aggies a “cupcake” game.

The Longhorns and Aggies last met in football during the 2011 season, a 27-25 UT win in College Station. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 76-37-5, although the teams split the last six meetings.

In the Midwest, significant chatter also surfaced in resuming the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry, although this talk seems to carry more hope and stronger legs than Strong’s.

I’ve been on board since the inception,” UM head coach Jim Harbaugh said of playing the Irish again, a notion that really began to take hold in February of this year. “It’s something that’s been working on for many months, going on seven, eight, nine months now. There are still some T’s to cross and I’s to dot, but I’ve been on board fully since the inception.”

“We’re still working on it,” Harbaugh’s counterpart in South Bend, Brian Kelly, said. “Obviously from our scheduling standpoint we’ve scheduled so far in advance and I think I’ve made it fairly public that I’d like to see this game happen and I know Jim wants to make it happen.

“We’ve got some hurdles that we’ve got to work through, but you’ve got two coaches that are committed to making it happen. I’m sure we’ll figure it out and get it done, but we’ve still got a little work to get it done.”

Notre Dame and Michigan have faced each other in football 40 times.  While the two programs first met in 1887, the series has been sporadic and seen a couple of significant breaks between games (1910-41; 1944-77).  Since 1978, a span of 35 years, they have met 18 times.

It was announced in September of 2012 that the Irish had opted out of playing previously scheduled games from 2015-17, meaning the last game between the programs came in 2014.  It’s thought that the earliest a resumption, even as one of the coaches doesn’t consider it much of a rivalry, would come to fruition would be 2018, with a more likely target of 2019.

Report: Former Texas C Jake Raulerson won’t transfer to UCLA after all

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 04:  Jake Raulerson #50 of the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Usually when a player announces his intention to transfer as a graduate student to another institution, that’s the last we hear of it. The player leaves his undergraduate university, enrolls at his new school and that, as they say, is that.

But there is an entire field of hurdles that must be cleared for a player to switch schools, and it appears Jake Raulerson got snagged on one of them.

According to a report from Bruin Report Online, Raulerson, who announced this winter he would leave Texas for UCLA, did not gain admittance to his two preferred graduate programs — the MBA and Masters in Applied Economics programs. He was accepted into UCLA’s Masters of Education program but, according to the report, has chosen to go in another direction.

A part-time starter at center during his time at Texas, Raulerson was admitted to graduate programs at Stanford, Michigan and North Carolina, but chose UCLA and its inviting depth chart instead. With the Cardinal, Wolverines and Tar Heels now full, BRO reports Raulerson is likely to enroll in the MBA program at SMU.

4 p.m. ET Update: Raulerson has all but confirmed he will enroll at SMU.