If the Longhorns are going to bring in another quarterback in 2016 it will not be Montana State graduate transfer Dakota Prukop, who went to high school at Austin Vandegrift.
Prukop visited Oregon earlier this weekend and is reportedly in Tuscolusa visiting Alabama today, getting a last-minute visit in with the Crimson Tide before the dead period begins.
He was always going to visit Oregon but had to decide between Alabama and Michigan for his final visit as he plans to announce his decision on where he’ll play on Monday.
That means that Texas is out of the running. But it wasn’t for a lack of effort.
“Texas came in really hard late,” Prukop told Fox Sports Bruce Feldman. “And while it’s my hometown, the situation I’m in, I want to go to a place that’s competing for a national championship next year.”
Talk about sobering news.
Prukop has become one of the hottest names in the country over the last few weeks, and with good reason. He threw for 3,025 yards, completing 63 percent of his passes, while throwing 28 touchdowns this season. He also ran for 797 yards and 11 scores.
So where does that leave Texas in its search for another QB in 2016, be it a graduate transfer or JUCO QB?
One name to watch is Coffeyville CC (Kansas) quarterback Riley Ferguson. This could be moving quick.
Another name to at least keep an eye on is former Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight, who lost his starting job to Baker Mayfield this season. He’s been granted a full release, which even allows him to transfer to another Big 12 school. Knight will stay with the Sooners through their postseason run.
The idea of this happening might make Longhorns fans cringe, but options are limited this season.
Trinity Valley CC dual-threat QB Jerod Evans was a name to keep an eye on as well. There was, at best, very early interest by UT in Evans, who could be viewed as the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country. But he committed to Virginia Tech on Saturday.
So the Longhorns will probably not have another quarterback join 2016 QB commitment Shane Buechele when he enrolls this spring. But UT could always try and get a graduate transfer to enroll in the summer, though that is far less ideal than getting him in in January.