Football adds highly-touted receiver to 2016 recruiting class

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Texas football head coach Charlie Strong picked up one of the top high school receivers in the nation with the late signing of wide receiver Devin Duvernay (photo courtesy of

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas football head coach Charlie Strong pulled a recruiting double-dip of sorts Thursday when he announced the signing of wide receiver Devin Duvernay, who is expected to enroll at UT in July for the second summer session.

In signing Duvernay, Strong not only bolstered his recruiting class, but weakened the class at rival Baylor, where Duvernay had committed but never enrolled after the school failed to submit his paperwork to the Big 12 office.

"I'm so excited to have Devin joining our program and making what already was a tremendous class of 2016 even better," Strong said. "We're thrilled to have him, not just because he's so talented as a football player, but even more so because he's a super young man with great character. He's one of the fastest sprinters in the nation, so you know he brings unbelievable speed and explosiveness to our team. We're looking forward to getting him to campus."

Duvernay was a two-time 6A all-state honoree while playing at Sachse High School, won the 2015 6A state championship in the 100-meter dash and played in the 2016 Under Armour All-America game after his senior season.

From his sophomore through his senior season, the 5-11, 195-pound Duvernay piled up 170 receptions for 2,906 yards (17.1 yards per catch) and 36 touchdowns, and rushed 105 times for 1,077 yards (10.3 yards per carry) and rushing 11 touchdowns with two kickoff return touchdowns.

As a senior, he caught 62 passes for 1,142 yards (18.4 yards per catch / 103.8 yards per game) and 16 touchdowns to go with 47 rushes for 520 yards (11.1 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. He was ranked as one of the top 50 recruits in the nation, and was widely regarded as one of the top three receivers in the entire nation.

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