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Monday, January 27, 2014
2015 Texas pledge reopens recruitment

By Max Olson

Texas suffered another decommitment on Monday, this time for a member of the 2015 class.

Three-star offensive guard Aaron Garza (Sherman, Texas/Sherman) decided to reopen his recruitment on Monday, a move he’d been considering for nearly a week.

Aaron Garza
Aaron Garza, who was the Longhorns' first pledge for the Class of 2015, has built a solid relationship with the Auburn coaching staff.
“I just told them it wasn’t for me,” Garza said. “I want other college coaches to start looking at me again.”

The 6-foot-2, 314-pound lineman was the first member of Texas’ 2015 recruiting class when he committed last March.

When coach Mack Brown resigned and offensive line coach Stacy Searels left for a job at Virginia Tech, Garza began to reconsider his plans. He was frustrated he hadn’t heard from the new staff sooner and didn’t know if they would honor his scholarship offer.

“They have to figure out numbers and see where we stand,” Garza said last week. “I don’t know how good that’s looking for me.”

With Garza’s departure, Texas now has seven verbal commitments for next year’s class, including two from offensive linemen. Connor Lanfear (Buda, Texas/Hays), an offensive tackle pledge in the class, is also looking around and received an offer from Texas A&M at its junior day Sunday. ESPN Junior 300 guard Patrick Vahe (Euless, Texas/Trinity) is ranked as the No. 4 guard prospect in the country.

Garza holds offers from Auburn, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and USC. Auburn has been showing the most interest lately, and Garza said he has formed a good relationship with Tigers line coach J.B. Grimes.

While he’s looking forward to finding out who else is interested, he’s excited about where things stand with Auburn.

“If I pull the trigger on anyone before signing day, it would probably be Auburn,” Garza said. “I like the coach and I’ve done a lot of research on the university. I’d like to take a visit there soon.”

Garza is the seventh recruit to decommit from Texas since Brown announced his resignation on Dec. 14.