By Steve Lansdale
AUSTIN, Texas — The final effects of the scandal that has rocked the Baylor campus are not yet known, and likely won’t be for quite some time.
But one of the early results is a migration of players down I-35, from Waco to Austin. Last week, Devin Duvernay, of Sachse, Texas, became the college equivalent of a free agent when Baylor failed to file the necessary paperwork regarding his national letter of intent with the Big 12 office, and after reopening his recruitment, he announced he was headed to Texas, instead.
As 2016 Baylor signees asked for their releases, speculation began to swirl about where they might end up. Two more — Duvernay’s twin brother, Donovan and offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez — also are heading to Austin after announcing over the weekend that they also intend to enroll at Texas.
That the 5-9, 177-pound Donovan Duvernay, an athlete who can play a number of positions but is believed to be headed toward at least starting his college career in the secondary, chose the Longhorns is no surprise; after all, he and his brother always intended to play in college together. His choices coming out of high school included nearly a dozen scholarship offers, including Boise State, Illinois, Michigan and TCU.
The 6-5.5, 300-pound Urquidez was a heavily coveted blocker out of Copperas Cove (Texas) High School. He piled up a lengthy list of offers from schools across the country, including Arizona State, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Miami, South Carolina, UCLA and Wisconsin.
All three players are expected to enroll in July and will be eligible to play in 2016.