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5-Star OLB Baron Browning Releases "Final 6", Texas Longhorns Fail To Make The Cut

No. 1 OLB in Texas Baron Browning released his "Final 6" schools still in the mix for his commitment Friday evening, and Texas was on the outside looking in. Could the Longhorns creep back into the picture before National Signing Day?

5-star LB Baron Browning has announced his "Final 6" schools and Texas Longhorns failed to make the cut.

https://twitter.com/baronbrwnng/status/799749098010279936

UCLA, TCU, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Florida State remain in the mix for the No. 1 OLB in the Lone Star State.

MY TAKE: This is potentially a big blow for Texas, especially considering the Longhorns were once a top contender in Browning's recruitment. However, just because the Longhorns' aren't in the mix now, doesn't necessarily mean the door is forever closed. 

Browning has always had Texas high on his list, largely in part because of his relationships with the coaching staff. Without a clear-cut answer as to what the future holds for Charlie Strong, it's hard to blame him for not naming Texas as a top school at this point. 

If Texas decides against replacing Strong as head coach following this season, I would not be surprised to see the Longhorns creep back into the picture since Browning is not enrolling early. (And we all know Strong has proven he knows how to close down the stretch in recruiting.)

Putting aside hypothetical situations, Texas not being named in Browning's current favorites is another prime example of how the current situation and questions surrounding Strong's future are negatively impacting the Longhorns' recruiting momentum for 2017.

Keeping the situation in limbo is not helping anyone, and quite honestly, hurts the football program. 

Whether the powers that be decide to keep Strong or not, a decision pertaining to his future needs to be made sooner rather than later.

 

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