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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Huge visits on tap for ESPN 300 LB Alaka

By Damon Sayles

Thursday is a big day for ESPN 300 outside linebacker Otaro Alaka (Houston/Cy Falls).

Thursday, however, may be an even bigger day for both Texas and Texas A&M.

In one of the biggest recruiting battles remaining, Alaka will host visits from both the Longhorns and Aggies on Thursday, a day that could ultimately break what Alaka’s calling a tie in the race for his services. Currently a Texas commit, Alaka said before Mack Brown and the Longhorns parted ways that if Brown were to leave, he would consider other options.

It's even bigger since Alaka confirmed on Wednesday that he no longer is taking a scheduled official visit to LSU. Alaka was expected to be in Baton Rouge, La., this weekend.

Texas A&M always has been a frontrunner, and Thursday, one of the two schools can emerge as a true leader as Alaka, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker, prepares to sign a national letter of intent on Feb. 5.

“I already took both officials,” Alaka said. “so I’m just looking for something to stand out and set themselves apart from the other school.”

Alaka, No. 187 in the ESPN 300 and the No. 12 OLB, visited Texas the weekend of Dec. 13 -- before Brown’s departure and before Charlie Strong and his new coaching staff were announced. He visited Texas A&M over the weekend and left College Station, Texas, with a positive vibe.

The big question: Was that vibe enough for Alaka to switch?

He may know by Thursday night. As may Texas and Texas A&M.

“I think after these home visits,” Alaka said, “I’ll know where I stand.”