DT Wilcoxon Is Texas' 20th Commit

It was an offer he just couldn't refuse. That, in essence, is how up-and-coming Willow Park Aledo DT Michael Wilcoxon describes his decision to give Texas his verbal to play for the Longhorns in 2007.

The 6-2, 260-pounder became the program's 20th commitment in what is already shaping up as a Top Three recruiting class. Wilcoxon gave his verbal late Sunday after attending the Texas football Day-Camp in Austin.

"The way I look at, if UT wants you, they probably want you to make an early decision," Wilcoxon told Inside Texas. "I see it is an opportunity that you can't pass up."

He is the second DT to announce for Texas this year, joining El Paso Andress Five-Star stud Andre Jones (who was unable to attend Sunday's camp).

"Texas obviously has a great coaching staff and great facilities," Wilcoxon added. "The program has a lot of heritage. Plus, it's in Austin and there are a lot of things to do there. I love everything about it."

Wilcoxon was recruited by DT coach Mike Tolleson and turned down offers from Houston, Tulane and SMU. He was also contacted by Notre Dame, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, TCU, Missouri, Baylor, Rice and Kansas. The prospect of an official visit to Tulane was tempting, but Wilcoxon is firm in his decision. He'll probably make his official visit to Texas in December during the annual Football Banquet "but I went to the Day Camp and I got a good feel of the place."

"It just seems like the Texas coaches care about the players," he added. "It's like they not only want to win, they want to make you a better person."

Wilcoxon registered 78 tackles and one INT during his junior campaign but generally flew under the radar screen of many recruiters. But that was before his breakout performance at the U.S. Army All-American junior combine in January when he dominated many of the state's O-linemen.

"Many recruiters told me I had a great motor and that I was quick," said Wilcoxon, who runs a 4.72, "but I can always get better at recognizing plays and in my pass rush."

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