Fact or Fiction: Texas commit Kobie McKinzie could flip to Sooners

National Recruitment Manager Competitor Adam Journey National Employment Analyst Toxic Spiegelmann with Jason Sushomil From Orangebloods.com and Michael Langston Warchant.com addresses the topics and determines whether they believe each statement is fact or fiction.


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1. Kobie McKinzie dropped out of Oklahoma and chose Texas in late November. But it could soon be a choice by signing day.

Kobe McKenzie (SoonerScoop.com/Josh McCuistion)

Gurney Takes: Fact. Right after Mackenzie retracted his pledge to Oklahoma and chose Texas, he told me he was done and “I think[Texas]is where I honestly belong.” That could still be the case, and if he signed up with the Longhorns it wouldn’t be such a huge shock. But Oklahoma is back hunting here. He always had a lot of interest in the Sooners and it was his suspension before the defensive-minded Brent Venables got the job at Norman. I don’t think McKinzie’s recruiting is completely over yet.

Spiegelmann’s opinion: Fact. The Texans quickly got a commitment from the four-star West Texas hotel, but let’s not forget that he’s been committed to the Sooners for two years. Now, of course, new Oklahoma side Brent Venables is playing from the back, but his defensive background and reputation could be a catalyst as the early signing window arrives. It would be hard to wean MacKenzie off his decision so late in the process, but after a wild and unprecedented training session and so many dominos that could still fall, I wouldn’t rule anything out.

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2. FSU will sign Azariah Thomas.

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Azarie Thomas (Rivals.com)

Gurney Takes: Fact. Right now, it looks like Thomas will end up signing for the Seminoles. Here’s why: coaching changes and his brother who left Georgia Tech perfected Florida State to pounce on an early signing period and land one of the state’s best players. LSU was an option but I’m not sure anymore. Same thing with Oklahoma as a coach Brent Venables He draws his wish list. Florida may not be an option and the yellow jackets seem to be going away if the family reunion isn’t there. Florida State has cleverly continued to recruit Thomas and ramped up that lately and this weekend the Niceville, FL superstar could see himself in Tallahassee.

Take Langston: Illusion. For now. The biggest misconception about FSU and Azaryeh Thomas is that FSU didn’t actually participate. While others were more attractive at certain points, FSU was one of the more consistent teams in this race. Now conditions with coaching changes helped the NFL chances but so did the team’s growth. This increased the chances. I think FSU now has a great opportunity but still has to finish filing Thomas’ claim to sign with FSU. But getting the last official visit is a huge step towards making that happen, and Knowles is at least heading with their chances.

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3. After Devon Campbell canceled his visit to Georgia, he is now locked to Texas.

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Devon Campbell (Sam Spiegelman)

Gurney Takes: Fact. I don’t even know if a late visit to Georgia will affect Campbell and now that he’s not visiting Athens, the Longhorns seem to be in better shape. The five-star offensive linebacker was outplayed by Texas State outside of Bowie in Arlington, Texas. With the early signing period looming in a few days, if Campbell doesn’t delay until February, I fully expect Texas to be the choice.

Take Suchomel: FACT. With the way this course for Texas has gone, I’m a bit hesitant to call anything a lock but things seem to be set up really well for the Longhorns to land on Campbell. Georgia is now not a factor, and never visiting USC again largely eliminates the Trojans. Oklahoma President Training Change Groups NS Back and while you can never discount a school like Alabama, the Longhorns are the team that seems to tick the most boxes at this school.

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