Texas landed a big-bodied wide receiver for the Class of 2014 on Thursday morning, picking up a verbal commitment from Dorian Leonard, who chose the Longhorns over Oklahoma.
The 6-4, 200-pounder from Longview High School (Longview, TX) held offers from Florida State, Oregon State and Texas Tech in addition to OU, which some recruiting analysts thought was the favorite to get his pledge. This commitment continues to underscore OU's increasing struggles to beat out Texas for Longhorn State prospects.
Leonard has a good size/speed ratio with the ability to outmuscle opposing defensive backs. He is also a smooth route runner who could end up as a possession receiver in Austin. Rivals.com lists him as a three-star recruit.
The Longhorns are putting a premium on wide receivers in the 2014 class, as they now have four in the fold. The program also picked up a pledge from in-state receiver Garrett Gray on Monday. Mack Brown and his staff are working to bring in more impact players that can help in the vertical passing game and complement their downhill rushing attack.
Texas currently has 16 pledges in its Class of 2014.