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Surprise: Beck to Texas

At the close of business Monday there didn't seem like a chance Andrew Beck (Tampa, Fla./Plant) would wind up at Texas.

The Longhorns were on the outside looking in for the four-star inside linebacker, but the buzz on Tuesday turned out to be legit. It ultimately resulted in Beck pulling the trigger on a commitment.

Beck became the 13th official commitment for the Longhorns on Tuesday evening, selecting Texas over Stanford and a host of others. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Beck visited Texas nearly three weeks ago, leaving town with an offer after a two-day unofficial visit.

"I was fortunate enough to visit two or three weeks ago and it was automatically a great feeling,” Beck said. “You just feel it in your stomach when you're there.

"From the head coach to the janitors, everyone is an incredible person there."

Since then, the contact Beck had with Texas had been limited. A source at Plant High School told Hookem.com that Beck spoke with Manny Diaz shortly after lunchtime on Wednesday, making the first contact between the two in several days.

Beck said Mack Brown was excited when he called to deliver the news of his commitment to the Texas coaches.

"He was really excited,” Beck said. “They don't have any Florida guys coming in and that kinda makes me nervous (laughing). He was excited and happy for me."

Beck grew up a Texas fan having lived in Harker Heights while his father was stationed at Fort Hood from the time he was in fourth grade through his eighth grade year. When he was offered by the Longhorns Beck mentioned that playing at Texas is something he always thought about.

He considers Texas home, still has a Texas-based phone number and his family hopes to make the Lone Star state home once his father's military career is over. It made committing to the Longhorns a natural fit.

"I really felt it when I went to Texas, I went to a couple places after that, but I would weigh everything to Texas and I still felt it was Texas,” Beck said. “I didn't feel a need to prolong the process."

Beck's commitment gives the Longhorns three linebackers in the 2014 recruiting class – Cy Falls' Top247 outside linebacker Otaro Alaka committed on Monday evening and Dallas Carter three-star defender Cameron Hampton committed in February.

The Longhorns are the current leader for Arlington Bowie's Edwin Freeman. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound four-star prospect is being recruited by Texas as safety but he told Hookem.com at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp that he understands his future is likely at linebacker.

Three had been the magic number, but if Freeman joins the fold it would give the Longhorns some long-term flexibility. Texas signed two linebackers in the 2013 class, but there's a chance Naashon Hughes' future role could be playing closer to the line scrimmage if his frame (6-4, 220) continues fill out.

Josh Newberg of 247Sports contributed to this report.

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