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Emanuel Porter (Dallas/Lincoln) had always felt like his home for college resided some 45 miles west at TCU. He was such a believer that he committed to the Horned Frogs on Aug. 13, shortly after he attended a TCU camp and was offered.
But things changed. Other schools, particularly Texas, started chasing Porter harder than before and now he’s headed south to become a Longhorn.
Porter told HornsNation that he’s given his verbal pledge to Texas. This comes just six days since he was offered at Texas’ June 9 camp and five days since he decided to decommit from TCU.
"I really just feel comfortable with the program and the coaches that they have," said Porter, who came to Austin with his mother on Friday. "They know how to push you and make you better not only on the field but off the field, too. The vibe when you get when you are with them is a good feeling."
The former basketball player-turned football standout must have had a big change of heart over the past few days to lead him to this decision. He told HornsNation on Monday, just after he’d decommitted from TCU, that the Horned Frogs were still No. 1.
But that was then, and he’s a Texas commitment now. He couldn't be happier.
"I mean I just have been thinking and to be at a program like this just means a lot," Porter said. "I talked it over with my family and just wanted to do what I wanted to do. It's my decision. I feel like it is a good fit for me."
Porter is the second wide receiver to commit to Texas in three days. The Longhorns got a surprise commitment from Longview (Texas) wide receiver Dorian Leonard on Thursday when he called Texas’ coaching staff to become the 16th member of the class.
With Porter and Leonard on board, the Longhorns now have commitments from five receivers in 2014.
Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper) and Roderick Bernard (Houston/Sharpstown) have been with the class for months (Joe was the class’ first pledge), while Garrett Gray (Marble Falls, Texas/Marble Falls) committed on Monday, one day after he was offered at Texas’ June 9 camp.
"I don't know any of them right now," Porter said. "But I'll get to know them."
Texas is surely done with receivers for 2014, right? Not so fast. The Longhorns would actually like to take six in this class and could wrap that up soon with a commitment from Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/ Texas City), who was supposed to be in town Friday along with his brother D'Onta Foreman.
But that domino has yet to fall. Two gigantic ones have in the past two days and that has to give Texas plenty to smile about. The height that they’ve accumulated out wide is one notable feature of this group. Porter is 6-foot-3 and 189 pounds, then you've got Gray (6-4 205), Leonard (6-4, 200), and Joe (6-3, 196). Bernard is 5-10, 175 and Foreman, should he commit to Texas, is 5-11, 175.