- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
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ESPN 300 linebacker Otaro Alaka (Houston/Cypress Falls) made it official on Sunday night: He’s going to Texas A&M.
The longtime Texas commit made his final decision and became the 22nd commitment of the Aggies’ No. 2-ranked recruiting class after a weekend of careful consideration.
I'd like to thank Coach Strong and UT for the offer but Ive decided to decommit from the university of Texas and commit to Texas A&M! #gigem
— Otaro Alaka™ (@OtaroAlaka) January 27, 2014
Alaka committed to Texas in April but reconsidered his options after former Texas coach Mack Brown resigned. He took an official visit to College Station last weekend and hosted both Kevin Sumlin and Charlie Strong for in-home visits on Thursday.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker spent three days going back and forth, weighing his two final options. In the end, Cypress Falls coach Kirk Eaton said the decision came down to the relationship Alaka had built up with the Texas A&M staff over the last year. Linebackers coach Mark Hagen and special teams coach Jeff Banks joined Sumlin on the in-home visit.
The No. 187 ranked recruit in the ESPN 300, Alaka will play outside linebacker for the Aggies and has been told he can contribute immediately. He joins Josh Walker (Gilmer, Texas/Gilmer) as the second linebacker pledge in the class.
With the addition of Alaka, A&M now has verbal commitments from 11 members of the ESPN 300. Alaka is the fifth recruit to decommit from Texas following Brown's resignation.
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