Following the controversy surrounding Baylor and how the school has handled sexual assault claims, and the subsequent firing of coach Art Briles, several members of the 2016 recruiting class have asked the school to release them from their National Letter of Intent. However, Baylor has denied those requests. Thanks to a paperwork snafu though, at least one high-profile recruit will escape unscathed.
Earlier this month it was revealed that four-star receiver Devin Duvernay was released from his NLI because, as it turned out, Baylor never turned in the paperwork.
Now we know the young speedster won’t be going too far. In fact, he’ll remain in the conference as it looks like Duvernay is all set to enroll for summer classes at Texas.
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) June 22, 2016
Duvernay could make an immediate impact for the Longhorns Texas some talented receivers, but Duvernay brings some much-needed speed to the outside.
For Baylor, it is obviously a big loss, but it looks to be just the tip of the iceberg. Several other high-profile recruits have made it public that they also want out of their NLI.
Donovan Duvernay wasn’t as lucky as his twin brother. He has yet to enroll and is seeking a release from his NLI. If granted, there is a good chance he could end up at Texas, as well.
Kameron Martin, a four-star running back, has enrolled for summer classes, and will seek to transfer out of the program.
Tren’Davian Dickson, another four-star receiver, has announced that he is transferring to Houston. He will most likely have to sit a year since he has already attended spring classes.
J.P. Urguidez, a four-star offensive tackle, has requested to be let out of his NLI, and will likely transfer.
Parrish Cobb, a four-star corner, will not enroll at Baylor and is seeking release from his NLI.
Of note, four-star defensive tackle Jaremy Faulk and four-star offensive tackle Branton Autry were a part of the 2016 class, but were dismissed from the team for violating team rules.
That is a total of seven four-star recruits and one three-star recruit from the 2016 class that have left, are leaving, or are looking to leave Baylor. That is quite a blow for a class that ranked in the top 20 in the nation.