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Alaka Makes the Call

The Texas Longhorns continue to be on a roll and the momentum is in their favor when it comes to recruiting after gaining another 2014 commitment on Monday.

Otaro Alaka is the second linebacker commit in Texas' 2014 class.

Cypress Falls (Houston, Tex.) linebacker Otaro Alaka chose Texas this evening. His commitment gives the Horns their sixth 2014 commitment in the last ten days and makes him the 13th member of the class.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound outside linebacker began seriously considering both schools two months ago after being offered at their junior days. After visiting Texas A&M in early March, Alaka then named the Longhorns as his leader followed by the Aggies, Oklahoma, California and LSU.

Three weeks ago that list was cut down to just two schools, with both Texas and Texas A&M being the final choices. He was set to visit Texas for the Horns’ annual spring game, followed by Texas A&M for the Friday Night Lights event this past Friday.

Alaka told 247Sports on Monday morning that he would announce today and he did just that tonight, choosing to the Longhorns over the Aggies. The Horns had been on top for a handful of reasons, and with Alaka having been a big supporter of the program since he was younger Monday's news was academic.

“They’ve always been good and I’ve always been a fan,” Alaka said. “It looks like that’s going to be the place that I can play the quickest too. It’s also a pretty good degree.”

“It seems like they’re always a contender,” he added. “They have a great tradition of that. Plus they have great academics, which is a big deal for me. And they're close to home.”

Alaka is Texas' second linebacker take (with the other being Dallas Carter’s Cameron Hampton) in the 2014 recruiting class. There is one spot left at the position, with offers still out to Zach Whitley (North Shore), Andrew Beck (Tampa, Fla.), Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Edwin Freeman (Arlington Bowie).

With a rating of 92, Alaka is considered a four-star prospect by 247Sports and is the No. 170 prospect overall, regardless of position, in the Top247.

He also held offers from Arkansas, Baylor, California, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Texas Tech among others.

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