Posted by Bryan Fischer
Slowly - for once - but surely, the Longhorns are creeping toward a double-digit number of commitments before the end of February. Friday night was DeSoto (Texas) defensive back Bryson Echols' turn to add to the number, verbally committing to Texas and becoming pledge number eight for the class of 2012.
"I just committed to Texas," Echols told Orangebloods.com. ""Education is big in my family, real big, so when they said 80-percent of their players graduate I said yeah I like that. That really stood out to me and I really liked that."
The 5-foot-10, 175 pound defensive back is the second player from DeSoto to commit to Mack Brown's latest recruiting class, joining teammate and MaxPreps Top 100 for 2012 watch list member Curtis Riser. Echols also held verbal scholarship offers from Arizona, Kansas and North Texas.
Echols was recruited by Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina, who briefly left for the same position at Arizona before returning to Austin. Having Akina at Texas seemed to be a key factor in pulling the trigger on a commitment.
"That was the first person I met with. We met with him for a good 45-50 minutes when I first got there," Echols told Orangebloods. "It really seemed like all the coaches cared about me."
Echols is the only defensive back committed to Texas for the class of 2012 at the moment.