Recruiting: Now it's official; McCullough a Horn

<B>Edorian McCullough</B>, after indicating earlier in the week that he had verbally committed to the Texas coaches after his weekend visit, went public with his UT commitment with a lunch time announcement Thursday, North Garland coach <B>David Farris</B> confirmed to <I>Inside Texas</I>.

"He really liked his visit," Farris said. "He got to be around some of the current players and some former players. He just felt really comfortable." Credit Nathan Vasher, who hosted McCullough on his Forty Acres visit, and Sloan Thomas, who also spent time with McCullough on Saturday, as well as the Texas coaching staff for winning what at one time looked like a lost battle.

Conventional wisdom at one time had Texas a longshot to sign McCullough because the speedster from Garland said he wanted to play running back at the college level. A&M and OU recruited McCullough as a running back, while Texas and Miami recruited him as an athlete, with a projected college position of cornerback. After his visit to the Forty Acres last weekend, though, McCullough told Heartland Recruiting that rather than choose the school that recruited him at a certain position he would simply go where he felt the most comfortable.

That's Texas.

Farris told IT that the Horns plan to look at McCullough as a corner, but, he added, "with the game the way it is today, with so many personnel packages," his star athlete could see action at multiple spots. As a cornerback, Edorian demonstrated the "whole package" as a high schooler, according to his head coach. "He can run, he's physical and he's competitive. He's been playing man coverage ever since he's been here. That's pretty much all we do. He has all the tools he needs."

Since his sophomore season, McCullough has played both ways for North Garland, according to Farris, who took over the head coaching duties last fall after several years at the school's defensive coordinator. McCullough played primarily at corner but also some fullback as a sophomore and then played full time on both sides of the ball as junior. During his senior season, McCullough played about 60-percent of the offensive snaps at running back, splitting time with another back, and played about 70-percent of the defensive snaps at corner, Farris said.

The coach said McCullough is currently at 5-11 and 175 pounds. McCullough is also an outstanding track athlete, posting times of 10.32 (first in-state last spring) in the 100 meters and 21.0 (second in-state) in the 200 meters.

McCullough represents the latest in a long line of head-to-head recruiting victories for Mack Brown over R.C. Slocum. Slocum made an in-home visit to the McCullough house Tuesday night but his pleas could not sway McCullough's resolve. The Sooners also felt they had a strong shot to land McCullough until two weeks ago when the state's top corner recruit cancelled his scheduled trip to Norman.

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