"My dad said, 'If you want to go ahead and pull the trigger, then do it'."
The 6-4, 305-pounder said that only aided his decision-making process.
"I think it made my parents happy to know I was going to Texas, but it's not about them as much," Dockery explained. "It's more about me and what I wanted to do. But making them happy definitely made it a little easier."
Asked when he finally made the phone call to the Texas coaching staff to let them know, Dockery said, "I tried to call Coach McCrary last Wednesday night (Oct. 30), but had to leave a message. I said that I had some really important news to tell him.
"He called me Thursday morning and said, 'What important news do you have for me, Mr. Dockery?' And I said that I wanted to commit and get it over with."
According to the Lakeview Centennial Big Ugly, McCrary was very happy and excited.
"He said that Mack Brown was going to be really happy, too"
Unfortunately, the Longhorns didn't land the center they wanted in Jeff Byers, but they did grab the one guard and two tackle prospects they really wanted.
"Greg Dolan and I have become pretty good friends," Dockery said. "I would compare our relationship to that of my brother and Robbie Doane. I mean, we have a chance to become that close. I don't know Adam Ulatoski that well, but I think it would be neat for us three to get on the same page and be starting by the time we're juniors and seniors."
Asked how the line has performed under Mac McWhorter, the 3-star prep said, "They've done pretty good. They're a young group and are getting better every week. As the season goes along, they're getting stronger as a group. And I can't wait to get in there and challenge for a job myself."
Of course, getting the opportunity to play with the former Houston Madison product who everybody knows as VY is something Dockery said also helped him toward picking UT and excites him quite a bit.
"It's going to be pretty cool playing with VY. And with him in there, the running backs are going to do really well. We have a chance to win a couple of national championships."
Dockery said he'll go down to the Forty Acres ready to work hard and fight for a position, although he said he'll probably redshirt before getting a chance to challenge the 2-deep.
"My goal is to be starting by the time I'm a redshirt sophomore," he said. "I think it's exciting that I already have a name (referencing his older brother, Derrick Dockery) down there and pretty sure I'll flourish while I'm there. But I'm going to have to work really hard to get stronger and faster if I want to earn consensus All-American honors like my brother did. But I think I will and I'm glad to call myself a Longhorn."