Texas gets surprise commitment from four-star running back Kyle Porter


Four-star running back Kyle Porter verbally committed to Texas on Tuesday morning.

Porter does not have a Twitter account, but his high school teammate, defensive back Travis Whillock, broke the news on Twitter congratulating the running back on his commitment to the Longhorns.  

Texas head coach Charlie Strong confirmed Porter’s commitment, tweeting, “State Champion coming to ATX!”

The Katy running back was heavily leaning towards either TCU or Arkansas, and Texas was thought of as a dark horse in the race for Porter. Porter stayed relatively quiet throughout his recruitment and it seemed unlikely he would choose Texas.

But in the end, Texas won the Porter sweepstakes.

During his senior year, Porter rushed the ball 235 times, accumulating 1,938 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. He paved Katy’s way to a 6A State Championship victory over previously unbeaten Lake Travis 34-7.

Porter is likely the only running back to join Texas’ 2016 recruiting class.  He is ranked as the No. 229-ranked recruit in the nation and the 15th best running back in the nation according to ESPN’s Top 300 rankings.

The commitment moves Texas up to No. 26 in 247Sports’ rankings, up from 33rd.