Last week Texas freshman Ronnie Major received some good news. He’s finally received clearance from the NCAA to join the Longhorns.
Ronnie, aka Buck, was able to meet the academic requirements needed to become eligible, and it’s always fantastic to see a kid get to live out his dream. Especially after putting in hard work to make it happen.
A three-star pick up according to Rivals, he’ll join the Longhorns in practice this week, but won’t be able to go in pads just yet as he has to get through the NCAA’a mandated acclimation period first.
It’s great news for the Longhorns as there’s a lot of upside to the young lineman. He’s big, athletic, and once Joe Wickline gets done with him, he could be a force up front.
As Major seems to have his road block in the rear-view mirror, another Texas freshman’s future is still in doubt.
Tight end Devonaire Clarington was a big get for head coach Charlie Strong. The consensus four-star recruit out of Miami, FL, has the skill set to see early playing time. There’s just one problem though, he hasn’t made it to campus yet.
It was reported that the NCAA has been sitting on Clarington’s eligibility paperwork for over a month. However, that may not be the case.
The NCAA cleared Clarington a month ago. His case has been in Texas' hands since then.
— Ryan Autullo (@AutulloAAS) August 14, 2015
Apparently the Longhorns are concerned about the legitimacy of Clarington’s ACT score after it was flagged as suspicious.
Multiple sources close to the situation said that the ACT is currently investigating the validity of Clarington’s test score, which he said is 26, because it is higher than his other academic scores might suggest.
It seems odd that the NCAA would clear him in the middle of an ongoing ACT review, and there’s conflicting reports whether or not he’s been cleared by the NCAA just yet. Regardless of who’s exactly holding it up though, it doesn’t look like Clarington be making it to Austin until the ACT administrators announce their findings.
No word on how long that could take.