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Saturday, July 27, 2013
TCU pledge leaves Austin without offer

By William Wilkerson

The Longhorns are leaving no rock unturned when it comes to scouting and targeting potential defensive back commitments.

One name that has popped up on their radar lately is three-star TCU safety commitment Nick Orr (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), whose father, Terry Orr, is a former Texas defensive back.

Word got to Orr, who committed to the Horned Frogs on June 23, that Texas would like him to come down to its inaugural Texas Stampede during the Texas State 7-on-7 Championship.

He didn’t hesitate on making the trip and had encouraging talks with most of Texas’ defensive coaching staff despite not getting an offer.

Those talks included lengthy conversations with defensive backs coach Duane Akina.

“Coach Akina said he wants to get to know me more and that's probably what they're going to do,” Orr said. “He said he'll be in touch. He didn't say exactly when but that he'd be in touch."

Orr also met with Longhorns head coach Mack Brown, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and co-recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers.

He isn’t the biggest defensive back you’ll find at 5-foot-10 and 166 pounds, but that didn’t seem to have a negative affect on Akina.

"He liked that I play bigger than I am,” he said. “I'm physical and I can play safety or corner."

Orr is rated the No. 76 safety in the country and No. 133 player in Texas.

He committed to TCU because of its defensive reputation during an unofficial visit. The Horned Frogs plan on using him at three different positions because “they play with three safeties and two corners.”

Those types of options would be hard to turn down, even had Texas went ahead and extended an offer on Saturday.

"I don’t think I would’ve switched today,” Orr said. “I would’ve had to think about it, but it definitely would’ve changed things.”

Orr, who also has offers from Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Louisiana-Monroe, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, is very interested in the Longhorns but didn’t feel the need to sell himself to them at the Texas Stampede. Instead, he sat back, heard what the coaches had to say and soaked up as much of the atmosphere as possible.

He also noted that teammate Bryce English, a 2015 Texas defensive tackle commitment, is not trying to sway him in any direction.