The hits just keep coming for Texas.
A day after Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds released a statement which admonished co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite for “inappropriate, consensual behavior with an adult student” at the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, Arlington Heights defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson decommitted from Texas. He will likely sign with Alabama.
Even though Robinson committed to play for Texas last February, he also took official visits to Florida State, Southern California, and Alabama. Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban met went to Arlington to meet with Robinson earlier this week. Burntorangenation.com reports that Robinson informed Texas defensive tackle coach Bo Davis of his decomittment during an in-home visit on Saturday.
Davis’ decision comes on the heels of the Applewhite scandal, which may have contributed to Robinson’s choice.
Davis is the fifth former member of Texas’ 2013 class to decommit. Sealy athlete Ricky Seals-Jones, Lancaster defensive end Daeshon Hall, Belton tight end Durham Smythe, and Arlington Martin running back Kyle Hicks all decommitted earlier in the year.
Meanwhile, Texas is already working on replacing Robinson with another exceptionally talented defensive lineman.
Memphis Central defensive end Frank Herron is visiting Austin this weekend, as the Texas coaching staff makes a last-ditch effort to bring him on board. Herron is rated as a five-star by rivals.com, and is currently committed to Louisiana State. He is joined by two other prospects who have also made verbal commitments elsewhere: DeSoto running back Dontre Wilson (committed to Oregon), and Palo Duro safety/wide receiver Montrel Meander (committed to Washington State).
Texas is expected to add approximately three more members to the 2013 class, which now stands at 14.