The Texas Longhorns are stocking up at wide receiver in the class of 2014. With a commitment from Garrett Gray of Marble Falls on Monday the Longhorns had three in the fold until late Thursday morning.
That's when No. 4 came onboard.
Longview's Dorian Leonard, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound three-star pass catcher, committed to the Longhorns. Leonard had a host of offers but the Longhorns won out over Oklahoma.
“When Texas offered it didn't take me long to get down to those two schools,” Leonard said. “It changed things for me. I just kept doing more research, and the more research I did the more I realized Texas was the best fit.”
One thing that made Texas a fit for Leonard was academics. His mother loved what Texas offered academically, and Leonard is hopeful he can make his mark at Texas' business school as much as he does inside Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
“Texas has a great academic program and that's the one thing that really set them apart,” Leonard said. “The way it's set up is good. I feel like I can go to Texas and succeed academically and the academic program is what I liked the most.”
Leonard's timing couldn't have been better. With three receiver committed and Leonard making, the Longhorns' numbers at the position are starting to get tight. Texas is still actively recruiting Texas City Top247 wideout Armanti Foreman and Dallas Lincoln fast-rising playmaker Emanuel Porter.
With Texas still in the mix for U.S. Army All-American KD Cannon as well, Leonard went ahead and grabbed his place in the class.
“I had it in my mind for a while that Texas is where I wanted to be,” Leonard said. “I decided to go ahead and call the coaches today, but my mind has been made up for a while.”
Leonard is the first Longview Lobo to commit to Texas under head coach John King since Vondrell McGee. He's looking forward to keeping the Longview pipeline open to the 40 Acres.
“Everybody thinks Longview is an Oklahoma school because of Trent (Williams) and those guys,” Leonard said. “Hopefully now more people from here will look at Texas.”
Leonard caught 21 passes for 444 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. He's currently ranked as the nation's No. 45 wide receiver prospect in the class of 2014 according to 247Sports and the No. 41 overall prospect in Texas.
With Leonard's commitment Texas has passed Michigan for the No. 2 spot in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings.
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