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Texas Longhorns Pick Up Commitment Just Before National Signing Day

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With college football’s National Signing Day just a little more than a day away, the Texas Longhorns picked up a huge commitment early this afternoon. Montrel Meander, an athlete out of Amarillo, Texas, called Texas coaches today to tell them that he would be switching his commitment from Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars to the Longhorns.

The 6’3″, 180-pounder spent the weekend in Austin on an official visit and evidently, he liked what he saw.

Though Meander played all over the field at Palo Duro High School, the Longhorns are expected to play him as a wide receiver. Meander is a big addition to a wide receiving corps that is still looking for a big playmaker to play alongside standouts and upperclassmen Mike Williams and Jaxon Shipley.

With his size, deceptive speed, and ability to stretch the field, Longhorns wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt hopes that Meander will be a much needed vertical threat for Texas this fall.  The Longhorns, under new playcaller Major Applewhite, are said to be moving back to the no-huddle, spread offense this fall, so the Longhorns can’t have too many talented receivers.

It was a bit of good news after a recruiting weekend that saw the Horns lose 5-star defensive commitment A’Shawn Robinson to the Alabama Crimson Tide and Frank Herron decide to likely stick with his commitment to the LSU Tigers, despite also taking a trip to Austin over the weekend.

Meander is the third receiver in the Longhorns’ 2013 recruiting class, which will become official on Wednesday, National Signing Day.

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