BREAKING NEWS: 5-Star Big Man Jarrett Allen Signs With Texas

At long last, the decision is in for 5-star big man Jarrett Allen, who has signed scholarship papers with Texas, sources told HornsDigest.com on Thursday night.

The mercurial recruitment of 2016 5-star big man Jarrett Allen has come to an end - long after the spring signing period (April 13-May 18).  

UT officials could not be reached for comment.

Allen joins a recruiting class with fellow 5-star - point guard Andrew Jones - and 4-star center James Banks and 4-star shooting guard Jacob Young and UALR 6-foot-9 graduate transfer Mariek Isom.

Texas could also be adding another big man in the 2016 class via transfer, a source close to the situation told HD.

Tulane transfer PF Dylan Osetkowski is also in the 2016 class but will have to sit out a year under transfer rules. With the signing of Allen, Texas' recruiting class went from No. 11 into Scout's Top 10.

Allen, Scout's No. 15 overall 2016 prospect and No. 3 center, was the highest-ranked undecided player in the 2016 class until now.

To say Allen was a top priority for the Longhorns would be an understatement - and not only because Allen was in the Longhorns' backyard, at Austin St. Stephen's.

Texas is in desperate need of bigs after losing six scholarship players from last year's team, including post players Cam Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert (in addition to guards Isaiah Taylor, Javan Felix and Damarcus Holland).

Allen was considered a Texas lean through the fall and even into March. But then Houston and Kansas seemed to gain ground with Allen, who became harder to reach and left everyone guessing until Friday night, when Allen signed scholarship papers with Texas. 

Longhorns' coach Shaka Smart spearheaded much of Allen's recruitment himself - even attending some of Allen's long jump track practices at St. Stephen's and speaking at St. Stephen's athletic banquet last month with Allen in attendance.

Smart even shuffled his coaching staff, elevating Jai Lucas from director of operations to a full-time assistant coaching position because Lucas, a former Longhorns' guard and son of former NBA player and coach John Lucas, has strong ties to the Houston basketball community, where Allen played AAU ball for Marland Lowe.

Texas has five returning scholarship players from last year - G Kendal Yancy, G Kerwin Roach, G Eric Davis, wing Tevin Mack and C Shaquille Cleare.

Allen is seen as a potential one and done player because of his versatility, athleticism and skill around the rim at 6-foot-10. But nothing has been predictable about Allen's path thus far. And those close to Allen say he has many interests in addition to basketball and may enjoy being a college student for a couple years.

All Shaka Smart knows is he got the athletic, stretch big man he desperately needed - even if he had to wait well beyond the 11th hour to get him.


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