Leonard Picks Texas

Longview wide receiver Dorian Leonard pulled the trigger Thursday, becoming the 15th commitment in the 2014 Texas class.

"I made my decision last night, and then I called in this morning," Leonard said. "I just liked where Texas stood as far as academics and the way I fit into the offense. They said that they're going to be throwing a few more passes, and I like that."

The 6-foot-4 Leonard could turn out to be one of the class's crown jewels. He picked Texas over offers from Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oregon State, among others. He had 21 catches for 444 yards and four touchdowns a year ago, averaging 21.1 yards per catch.

"I'm a big, physical receiver who can make plays with the ball in his hands," Leonard said.

Leonard has spent time improving his game from a year ago, working on his hands and his ability to use his body as a weapon. His ability attracted an early offer from the Longhorns, with both offensive line coach Stacy Searels and wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt helping in his recruitment.

Now that he's committed to Texas, the senior-to-be said he's shutting down his recruiting.

"It's a big weight off," Leonard said. "Now I can just focus on school and sports. I just want to keep getting better."

Leonard is the 15th Longhorn in the 2014 class, and the fourth wide receiver commitment.

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