'Horns Swipe Porter

Emmanuel Porter, 2014 WR

It's been quite the week for Dallas Lincoln's Emmanuel Porter. Just days after receiving an offer from the University of Texas following Sunday's mini-camp and, in turn, decommitting from TCU, a program he'd been verballed to for nearly a year, the wideout decided Friday on a visit to Austin that the Longhorns are "just the best fit."

"I committed to Texas," Porter confirmed via phone call Friday afternoon.

The Longhorns now sit at 17 commitments in the 2014 class. Porter is Texas' second wide receiver commitment in two days, following Longview's Dorian Leonard. The two join four-star Lorenzo Joe (Cooper HS/Abilene, TX), Roderick Bernard (Sharpstown HS/Houston, TX) and Garrett Gray (Marble Falls, TX) to make five receivers for the class.

Porter assured that Leonard's commitment Thursday did not alter his decision.

"I'm going to have competition anywhere, and I feel I can come in and compete anywhere," he said.

Porter's Texas offer arrived immediately following an impressive camp outing Sunday that included the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder clocking two 40-yard dashes in 4.4 range.

It was the same size and speed combo that put him on TCU's radar last spring, only to nab his first offer from the Frogs over the summer and commit in August.

And while it seemed he was one of the top commitments in TCU's class, the most solid, Porter admitted Thursday he had been "thinking about opening things up for a while now."

"The Texas offer just put me over the edge," he said. "You get a scholarship offer from the University of Texas and have the opportunity to play on a stage like that, it's just amazing. It's hard to pass up."

"I sat down and talked it over with my family that night. I just wanted to make sure I was making the right decision for me on where I needed to be. We decided to open it back up and really think things over. I've been thinking a lot the last couple of day, and I've made my decision. Texas is just the best fit."

Porter noted his conversations and "comfort" with Texas receivers coach Darrell Wyatt only confirmed the decision.

"He's great. As soon as I met him, I felt like I could be myself around him, like I could talk to him about anything. He said once he gets me there, he's going to coach me into one of the best receivers to come out of Texas; get me to the next level like all the others he has."

Having coached at the collegiate level for 23 years, garnering much of his experience in the Big 12 at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Baylor before taking over for Bobby Kennedy at Texas, plus serving a 2006 stint in the NFL as receivers coach for the Minnesota Vikings, Wyatt's resume and ties certainly run deep.

"Coach [Wyatt] also said the academics are great there and that you can't beat an education from Texas," Porter added.

All in all, "This has been a rough week. I've had to make some hard decisions, but like my parents kept reminding me, I had to do what's best for me."

Writer's Notes:

- At 3:10 p.m., about an hour following Porter's phone call confirming his commitment, Porter added that his mother wanted to "walk around and see everything before making it official."

- Per LonghornDigest's Kevin Flaherty, Porter and his mother left Moncrief last night without making his commitment official. This is not cause for concern. Mom just wants to do her due diligence, and rightfully so. Also rightfully so, Mack Brown won't take a kid's commitment if the parents aren't 100 percent on-board.

We will continue to have Porter listed as a soft commitment.

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