It's Texas for Meander

After a rough weekend, the Texas Longhorns now have something positive to hang their hat on when it comes to recruiting.

Montrel Meander chose Texas over Washington State on Monday evening.

On Monday evening Amarillo Palo Duro wide receiver Montrel Meander switched his commitment from Washington State Cougars to the Longhorns.

His commitment gives Texas it's 15th recruit in the 2013 recruiting less and it came in with than 40 hours to go before signing day.

“Texas is my decision,” Meander said via text message. “I'm committed.”

Meander's commitment comes off of a weekend where the Longhorns lost the commitment of five-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson. The Fort Worth Arlington Heights product notified the Texas over the weekend that he intends to sign with Alabama on Wednesday, the first day college football recruits can sign a letter of intent to the school of their choice.

Meander committed to Washington State Jan. 20. Last Thursday Texas wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt made contact with the Palo Duro coaches to let them know Texas was interested Meander and wanted to host the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder for an official visit.

During this time he toured the campus and facilities, met with the coaches and had a chance to meet with former Texas legends Vince Young and Earl Campbell.

After returning home to Amarillo and debating the decision between the Longhorns and the Cougars, Meander is in the books as a Longhorn. He's the third wide receiver commitment for Texas joining Dallas Jesuit's Jake Oliver and Houston Cy-Falls' Jacorey Warrick.

He's one of the fastest-rising prospect in the state having gone from a virtual unknown all the way to a four-star prospect and the No. 33-ranked athlete on the Austin American-Statesman's 2013 Fabulous 55, which is powered by the 247Sports state rankings, after further evaluation.

His commitment now gives Wyatt the receiver he was looking for with elite speed that can stretch the field. Meander, who is also a three-year starter in basketball, ran a 21.55 in the 200-meters last spring. That time placed him second in the region behind Baylor five-star wide receiver commitment Robbie Rhodes, the No. 1 prospect in the state.

“Once he's able to concentrate on one thing I think he's got a chance to be a special player,” Palo Duro head coach Steve Parr said. “He's a three-sport athlete. He didn't have a lot of time to spend in the weight room. I think once he gets in there he'll flourish and he'll be a much better player as time goes on.”

As a senior Meander caught 24 receptions for 363 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with 21 carries for 182 yards and one touchdown. On defense, Meander also had 109 tackles and one interception playing safety.

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