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HCS Op-Ed: What Recruits May Flip to Big 12’s Texas Schools?

Every year on National Signing Day, recruits who said they are with one school, flip a switch and sign with another school at the final second. Here’s a look at the players who each Big 12 Texas school has the best chance of stealing a commit and shocking an opposing fanbase on National Signing Day.

Baylor: Lonzell Gilmore, currently committed to Texas Tech

The Bears have already picked off Texas Tech once when Jarrett Stidham changed his commitment with less than a month from the time he was due to enroll at Texas Tech. Baylor followed up by beating Tech out for offensive lineman Riley Daniel. Texas Tech commit Lonzell Gilmore, a defensive lineman from Spring, recently took an official visit to Baylor and had positive things to say.

TCU: Daylon Mack, decommitted from Texas A&M

It’s rare for a recruit to decommit, and then sign with that same school on National Signing Day. Since the decommitment, TCU has been the consistent leader for Mack’s sacks. As reported on the Texas Two Step Podcast twice, Daylon Mack is TCU’s to lose.

Texas: Kyler Murray, currently committed to Texas A&M

It’s highly unlikely Murray actually makes the switch, but stranger things have happened. Murray recently took an official visit and exploded Twitter in the process. His official visit to the Austin campus has sparked renewed hatred between the two schools as wriiters Geoff Ketchum of Orangebloods.com and Billy Liucci of TexasAgs.com recently had a heated exchange through Twitter. Murray would likely get the starting nod over Tyrone Swoopes. It’s worthy to note Murray lives in a Texas A&M bubble. His father is former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray and his coach is Tom Westerberg, who graduated from Texas A&M.

Texas Tech: Tyron Johnson, currently committed to LSU

Texas Tech is widely known as “Wide Receiver U”. The Red Raiders are known for their Air Raid offense which Mike Leach implemented in 2000. His quarterback for the first three seasons is now Texas Tech’s head coach. Despite having a sophomore as their oldest quarterback, Tech still managed to crack the top five in national passing offense. LSU was ranked No.114. Tech threw 559 pass attempts in 2014 compared to LSU’s 279. It’s doubtful Johnson wants to hurt his NFL chances by staying closer to his New Orleans home. His decision will be even more interesting if high school teammate Arthur McGinnis commits to Texas Tech.

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