Houston’s loss is Missouri’s gain.
Ridge Point High cornerback Terry Petry from Missouri City, Texas, announced Wednesday in a statement on Twitter that he was decommitting from the Cougars and instead intended to play football with the Tigers.
Tom Herman was hired Sunday as the new coach at Texas after going 22-4 in two seasons at Houston.
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It’s unclear if the coach’s departure influenced Petry’s decision.
Petry, who visited Mizzou on Sept. 17 for the Georgia game, is a Rivals four-star recruit, who also had offers from Kansas, Iowa State and Texas-San Antonio.
He is the No. 26 player in Texas and No. 29 corner in the 2017 class, according to Rivals’ rankings.
Petry, who also showed explosiveness as a kick returner and played wide receiver in high school, is tabbed as a three-star recruit by ESPN, Scout and 247 Sports, which also lists him with an offer from North Texas.
Both of Missouri’s starting cornerbacks last season, Aarion Penton and John Gibson, are set to graduate.
Junior Logan Cheadle and freshman DeMarkus Acy each started one game at cornerback last season, making it a position of need for the Tigers.
Petry is the first known cornerback commitment in the 2017 class, which also includes Dekaney High safety Joshuah Bledsoe from Spring, Texas, and two other Lone Star State commitments — Southwest High wide receiver Roderick Ford from Fort Worth and DeSoto High offensive lineman Hyrin White.