Studdard on UT: 'It's where my heart was'

Colorado coach <B>Gary Barnett</B> hoped to close the state of Colorado's borders to rival recruiters. Texas head coach <B>Mack Brown</B> had other ideas. Brown won.

Highland Ranch DL Kasey Studdard, considered one of the top few prospects in Colorado, spurned the home-state Buffs and will instead play for the Horns after calling Tim Brewster and Mack Brown Saturday afternoon with his verbal pledge. Studdard said Brewster was "pumped" and Brown offered his congratulations upon hearing his decision. Barnett was scheduled for an in-home visit with Studdard on Sunday night but the future Horn told IT he cancelled that sit down with the CU head man.

Studdard's Texas ties, including family in the Lone Star State and a father (Dave) who played for UT from 1975-77, played a part in his decision to join the Longhorn family. "It's where my heart was," Studdard told IT Sunday.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl also apparently helped seal the deal for the Horns. Studdard said playing in San Antonio last weekend with all of the guys already committed to Texas, particularly suitemate Galena Park RB Albert Hardy whom he developed a friendship with, aided the Longhorn cause.

An outstanding two-way player in high school, Studdard, when asked where he would play in the Orange and White, immediately replied, "DL." He said the UT coaches plan to play him in the middle of the D-line, the position he said he wants to play. "But," he added, "If I need to play OL I'll play OL."

Studdard said his current vitals are 6-3 and 275 and he runs the forty in 4.8.

Finally, Studdard said his Texas-Ex dad didn't exert any pressure on him to go to UT. "Dad said go where your heart is, go where you want to go," Studdard told IT. And after weeks of sometimes difficult deliberation, he realized Saturday that Texas is that place.

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