The de-commit bug has hit the Houston Cougars again.
Last week, offensive line commit Mickey Okafor disappointed Houston fans by switching his pledge from Houston to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The Cougar coaching staff received more bad news around the same time when another lineman commitment, Aaron Ringle, informed them he had switched his verbal pledge as well.
"I de-committed a week ago and switched to Tulsa," said Ringle.
The versatile lineman, who played tackle and center for Charles Page High School in San Springs, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa, said proximity to the Tulsa campus played a large role in his decision.
"Well it's closer to home for one," Ringle said. "My family and friends can watch me and won't have to drive 10 hours to get to my games."
Ringle said he was also impressed with the business department at Tulsa. He plans to get a business degree and one day pursue his certification to teach and coach.
Ringle gave Houston his verbal commitment after attending a Nike camp in College Station last spring.
The Cougar coaching staff was impressed by his ability to play multiple positions along the offensive line. A few days after the camp, Ringle accepted a scholarship offer and was considered a solid commitment after meeting with Houston coaches last May.
Ringle said he has been told by the Tulsa coaching staff that they will use him at tackle or center next season.
Houston currently has verbal commitments from five other offensive linemen, with 6-foot-5, 275-pound Cory Bailey (Brandon, MS), a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, headlining the group.