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Texas top defensive commit reacts

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The news came out on a seemingly quiet Saturday evening. Texas fans had been wondering who their next offensive coordinator would be after the postseason resignation of Greg Davis. However, they never expected to lose defensive coordinator and head coach in waiting Will Muschamp. It happened quickly, though, with Florida announcing he was the Gators new head coach before anybody knew what was happening.
Though Texas fans were caught incredibly off guard by the news, perhaps the most stunned were the Longhorns current commitments. The defensive players were especially affected by the day's event. The cornerstone of the class is Daingerfield, Texas linebacker Steve Edmond. The nation's No. 20 overall prospect was disappointed by the surprise development.
"Right after our game, I walked in the locker room and my secondary coach told me that coach Muschamp was going to Florida," Edmond said. "I had seen him on Thursday. I'm mad right now that he left.
"Coach (Mac) McWhorter and coach Muschamp left. The only coach I know down there real good is coach Brown. The other coaches I really don't know."
Edmond admits that he had immediate second thoughts about his pledge upon hearing the news.
""At first I was going to de-commit but now I'm going to wait and see," he said. "If I don't know much about [the new defensive coordinator], I'll be looking around.
"I talked to coach Rucker he said that coach Brown can hire the best defensive coordinator he can find. Coach Brown is supposed to call me today."
Edmond plans to sit down with his head coach on Monday morning and talk more about his options.
""I don't want to de-commit yet," he said. "I want to get some more information on other schools. If they don't get someone I really like, I'm gone. I only know one coach there. I can do that at a different school."
Should the U.S. Army All-American open up his recruitment, a few schools look to have an inside track.
"I'm looking at USC and Auburn," Edmond said. ""I like Auburn, Oklahoma, and USC. There's some other schools my coach hasn't told me about. Florida is my favorite school but Texas is in my state."
Texas A&M has remained in pursuit of Edmond ever since he commitment to the Longhorns and was thought to be a serious contender for his services, especially with teammate Shayvion Hatten currently committed to the Aggies. However, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound defender says he does not see himself in College Station.
"I told A&M not to call me like last week," he said. "I don't care about A&M. [Hatten] can go if he wants to. I just don't like them. I don't know. I just don't like them."
Jeff Tarpley contributed to this report.
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