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.