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

Rivals National Recruiting Director Adam Gorney and national recruiting analyst Sam Spiegelman with Jason Suchomel of Orangebloods.com e Michael Langston of Warchant.com address arguments and determine if they believe each statement is FACT or FACT.

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1. Kobie McKinzie retired from Oklahoma and chose Texas at the end of November. But the Sooners might be the right choice for signing day.

Kobie McKinzie (SoonerScoop.com/Josh McCuistion)

Gorney’s take: DONE. Right after McKinzie gave up his Oklahoma commitment and chose Texas, he told me he was done and “I think (Texas) is where I belong.” That might still be the case and if he signed with the Longhorns it wouldn’t be a big shock. But Oklahoma is back here hunting. He always had a lot of interest in the Sooners and his comment was before the defensive-minded Brent Venables got the job at Norman. I don’t think McKinzie’s recruiting is over yet.

Spiegelman’s view: DONE. Texas quickly secured a commitment from the West Texas four-star, but let’s not forget that he’s been busy with the Sooners for two years. Now obviously new Oklahoma HC Brent Venables is playing from behind, but his defensive background and reputation could be a catalyst when the initial signing window comes. It will be difficult to displace McKinzie from his decision so late in the process, but after a wild and unprecedented coaching carousel and so many still possible dominoes to fall I’m not ruling out anything.

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2. FSU will sign Azareyeh Thomas.

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Azareyeh Thomas (Rivals.com)

Gorney’s take: DONE. Right now, it looks like Thomas will end up signing with the Seminoles. Here’s why: Coaching changes and his brother leaving Georgia Tech has perfectly set up the state of Florida to swoop into early signing and land one of the best players in the state. LSU was an option but I’m not so sure anymore. Same with Oklahoma as a coach Brent Venables discovers her wish list. Florida may not be an option and the Yellow Jackets seem to fade if it’s not a family reunion there. The state of Florida has smartly continued to recruit Thomas and stepped up recently and after this weekend the Niceville, Florida overtime could see itself ending in Tallahassee.

Langston’s version: FICTION. Currently. The biggest misconception around FSU and Azareyeh Thomas is that FSU wasn’t really involved. While others were more attractive in places, FSU was one of the more consistent teams in this competition. Now the circumstances with the coaching changes have helped the chances of the FSU, but also the growth of the team. This has increased the possibilities. I think the FSU now has a great chance, but it has yet to conclude with the claim that Thomas signs with the FSU. But getting the last official visit is a big step towards making it through and the Noles are at least increasing their chances.

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3. With Devon Campbell canceling his visit to Georgia, he is now a blockade for Texas.

Devon Campbell

Devon Campbell (Sam Spiegelman)

Gorney’s take: DONE. I don’t even know if a late visit to Georgia would have affected Campbell and now that he’s not visiting Athens, the Longhorns seem to be in even better shape. Texas maintained a lead for Arlington (Texas) five-star offensive lineman Bowie. As the early signup period is coming in a few days, if Campbell doesn’t delay until February, I expect Texas to be the best choice.

Suchomel’s opinion: DONE. With the way this cycle has gone for Texas, I’m a little reluctant to call anything a block, but things seem to be going really well for the Longhorns to land Campbell. Georgia is now a non-factor and the fact that it no longer visits USC practically eliminates the Trojans. The change of head coach of Oklahoma T. back and even though you can never discard a school like Alabama, the Longhorns are the team that seems to tick the most boxes in this one.

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