- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
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For the third day this week, and the second time on Saturday, the Longhorns welcomed a new member to their 2014 recruiting class.
The latest is John Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. Thomas, who was in Austin this weekend on an unofficial visit, told HornsNation the news on Saturday evening.
"I'm very excited," Thomas said. "It's actually my favorite college when I was younger."
He is Texas’ 19th commitment in 2014, which is four more than it had all of last year, and the fourth player in as many days to give his verbal pledge to Mack Brown.
Wide receiver Dorian Leonard (Longview, Texas/Longview) committed on Thursday, punter Corbin Daly (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) committed on Friday after visiting Texas for a camp, and former TCU wide receiver pledge Emanuel Porter (Dallas/Lincoln) committed earlier Saturday.
Thomas, who attended Bossier City (La.) Airline high school, had originally committed to LSU in March of his junior year but didn’t qualify academically and was forced to go the juco route.
He had offers from Arizona and Missouri in high school as well and has since added offers from Auburn and Texas. But the Longhorns won out and have to feel good about their pass-catching prospects for the future. Combined with the wide receiver commitments, Texas now has six on board in 2014 and all but one (Roderick Bernard) is 6-foot-3 or taller.