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Texas Spotlight: Biggest visits of the spring

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Malik Hornsby
Malik Hornsby (Nick Lucero/Rivals.com)
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It’s the second year of springtime official visits. Let that sink in for just a moment.

With recruits getting more accustomed to the new rules the second time through, it’s putting a bigger spotlight on official visits taken in the spring. Mainly, it allows out-of-state prospects to make their way to far-away campuses that aren’t driving distance on a typical Saturday junior day. With that in mind, here are the five biggest official visits out of the Lone Star State for April.

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AKINOLA OGUNBIYI: Oklahoma, April 12

Ogunbiyi backed off his longtime Texas A&M commitment last month. Georgia, Alabama and Oklahoma have emerged as legit contenders for the Rivals250 offensive guard and the four-star was back in Norman, again, for an official visit for the Sooners’ spring game on April 12. Lincoln Riley and Bill Bedenbaugh are quietly gaining a ton of momentum with the standout interior lineman, who may be reluctant to commit somewhere so soon after pressing the reset button on his entire recruiting process.

However, there’s no doubt that the Sooners are the team with the most ammunition in the aftermath of the recent official visit. It would not be surprising in the least bit to learn that Ogunbiyi has given his word to Riley that he'll be a Sooner down the road.

MALIK HORNSBY: North Carolina, April 12  

Hornsby has been closely connected to Texas A&M for a good portion of time, but the Rivals250 quarterback elected to take his first official visit to North Carolina, which has emerged as a major out-of-state contender. Why the Tar Heels? Former Aggies assistant Tim Brewster reunited with first-year North Carolina coach Mack Brown in Chapel Hill. Brewster was a primary reason that Hornsby was so high on Texas A&M early on in the process and is now a major reason why he’s considering North Carolina. Clemson, Alabama and Oregon are also players in Hornsby’s recruitment, but it’s certainly noteworthy he chose to visit North Carolina for the spring game as early as he did.

DARIUS SNOW: Michigan State, April 12  

Snow is a Michigan State legacy and recently talked glowingly about the Spartans during the Rivals Camp Series in Dallas. He has been to East Lansing countless times in the past, including games, and he took a spring official visit to see some different aspects of the campus. The Rivals250 safety also used a spring official to Arkansas and he’ll head to TCU and Notre Dame in the fall for prime-time games. However, the early official visit to Michigan State solidified the Spartans as the favorite for the four-star, and he committed days upon his return home, giving Michigan State a huge get out of the Lone Star State.

RYAN WATTS: Oklahoma, April 12  

There are several major contenders for Little Elm (Texas) cornerback Ryan Watts, but the April official visit to Oklahoma for the spring game is certainly noteworthy. Watts has frequented Norman throughout the spring and returned a week after his first official visit to Notre Dame. The proximity to Oklahoma is definitely a factor to take into account, as well as the fact that Lincoln Riley’s staff has prioritized the North Texas standout. It’s too early to rule out Notre Dame or Texas at this point, but the Sooners certainly cemented themselves as a major player after getting Watts back on campus for an April official visit.

TY’KIEAST CRAWFORD: Arkansas, April 12

Crawford is a one-time Baylor commitment who reopened his recruitment after visiting Arkansas early on in the spring. The highly sought-after offensive tackle intended to wait until February to make a decision, but he went public with his commitment following his fourth visit to The Hill. The Carthage (Texas) standout has been to The Hill for multiple spring visits and then for an official visit. The Razorbacks were able to put themselves in the driver's seat during the return trip with Crawford and several other East Texas prospects and added a huge building block for their offensive line.

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