Recruiting: Horns Hook Commitment No. 3

Texas added its third verbal pledge for the 2005 class over the weekend, and in the process filled a spot at one of the team's biggest need positions. Who's the latest to join Texarkana LB <b>Chris Collins</b> and Austin Anderson OL <b>Charlie Tanner</b> in the Longhorn fold?

Folks, please welcome Tuscola, Texas standout QB Colt McCoy.

"I committed Saturday," the 6-1, 185-pounder said. "I went down to Austin for the state track meet, hung out with Mack Brown and the Texas coaches later, and I just felt like I was ready. That's the place I wanted to be."

What did his family think about his decision to end the suspense? "My family was all there," McCoy said. "They were very excited."

According to the Jim Ned senior-to-be, he has grown quite fond of his relationship with Brown.

"We had been talkin' for a long time," McCoy revealed. "We just developed a real good friendship over the last couple of months. Texas was just the place I wanted to be. That's where God wanted me to be. I just felt a calling to be there. If I'm going to stay in Texas, why not go there?"

McCoy picked the Horns over other favorites including A&M, Kansas State, and OU.

[Editor's note: For an evaluation of McCoy's abilities and an early look at his place in the soon-to-be-released May edition of the Texas Hot 100, see this Hot News item released Monday.]

Inside Texas analysis from Clendon Ross: Rejoice, Orangebloods! After two years, the QB recruiting drought is finally over. McCoy's commitment is the first from a signal-caller since Vince Young pledged to Texas in January '02. Although the Longhorns' class of '05 is expected to be a small one (as few as 14 signees, based on what prospects are telling us that the UT coaches are telling them), McCoy's pledge shouldn't signal the end of Texas' QB recruiting. Three other QBs already have offers from the Horns -- Louisiana's Ryan Perrilloux, Mission Viejo, Calif.'s Mark Sanchez and Pflugerville's Todd Walker -- while Chase Daniel, one of the best in-staters, also liked Texas early despite the lack of a Longhorn offer. And Mack Brown has said Texas will take two QBs despite the limited scholarship numbers. So with one slot taken nine months before Signing Day, the battle for the other quarterback spot could include some interesting dynamics, including whether the Texas coaches focus their attention on the state of Texas kids, whether they look for an early commitment from among the remaining offerees, and whether the target list itself will change because of McCoy's commit. There should be more Burnt Orange intrigue to come...

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