Recruiting: Orakpo Soon to Be No. 13

Houston Lamar's lightning-quick <B>Brian Orakpo</B> is on the verge of pledging his services to the Longhorns.

"Texas told me they were going to offer me a scholarship and for me to expect to get the papers sometime this week," the state's No. 24th-rated prospect told

Due to NCAA rules, the Texas coaching staff cannot officially offer a standout camp prospect unless they're outside of a 30-mile radius. But they can let a prospect know they're offering and the paperwork will be in the mail.

"Coach Brown said they really like me and I really like them, too, so I'm going to go ahead and commit," Orakpo continued. "In fact, I told Mack Brown and Hardee McCrary that I wanted to be a Longhorn."

The 6-3.5, 215-pound pass-rushing specialist said Texas is offering him as a defensive end, not as a linebacker.

"They said they want me as a defensive end and I worked out at end throughout the camp."

"It really came down to Texas and A&M," Orakpo explained. "But I just liked Texas a lot better than I liked A&M.

"I really like the Texas coaches, the players they have, the facilities, just everything about them and I really want to wrap up the recruiting process and get it over with."

Essentially, Orakpo gave his verbal to the Longhorns and understands that he's now finished with the process, including no more trips. But until he actually receives the scholarship in the mail, anything is possible.

Still, he was only one of two prospects to be summoned after the camp for the purpose of Mack and Co. making their plans and intentions known. The other. Rhett Bomar.

He's a Longhorn folks, and just became the 13th Texas commitment, joining teammate and friend Andrew Kelson from Houston Lamar in the UT fold.

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