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Pick makes his pick

Jenks, Okla., defensive end Bryan Pickryl wanted to keep news of his commitment quiet for at least 24 hours. But he couldn't hide his excitement.
"I committed to Texas today," Pickryl, the nation's No. 2 defensive end and five star selection, said. "It was supposed to be released in the Tulsa World tomorrow, but since you're talking to me, I had to tell somebody.
"I'm going to Texas."
Pickryl, who is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, said he picked Texas over Missouri, Oklahoma, UCLA and Michigan. He had already visited Texas back on Oct. 19 and also tripped to Missouri.
"I think it's the best decision for me," Pickryl said. "I was on the phone with Mack Brown today, and I asked him if I could go ahead and commit.
"He got really excited. I've not told a lot of people. I've called the teams recruiting me and told a few teammates."
Pickryl said it was more than football that played into his ultimate decision.
“I said all along that the academics would play a huge role,” Pickryl said.
“Texas has a great football program, but they also have one of the top 10 engineering schools in the nation. That to me was just as important as football.”
It also didn’t hurt that Pick, who helped Jenks win its sixth-straight state championship this past week, has two uncles and a grandmother that live in Austin.
“Now my whole family can see me every week,” he said.
Pickryl said he has already canceled his other official visits and is set to report to Austin on Dec. 18, where he’ll enroll as a mid-term student and be able to participate in spring drills for the Longhorns.
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