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The Texas Longhorns have already lost a number of defensive standouts who left school early for the NFL Draft. That said, defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and head coach Tom Herman got some good news Tuesday.

Defensive end Charles Omenihu announced on Twitter that he would be returning to Austin for his senior season.

As recently as last week, the star from Rowlett said that he was “still deciding” on returning to school. But in a statement released by the school, the 6-7, 280 pound defensive end expressed excitement in going one more year with Texas.

“First of all, I want to thank everyone who has supported me during the decision-making process. From my family, to my teammates, to the coaching staff, I’ve had all the support I could ask for, and I can’t express how much I appreciate that from everyone. After taking everything into consideration, I’ve decided to return for my senior season at Texas,” Omenihu said in a statement released by the school.

“Although playing in the NFL is a dream of mine, when I looked at the whole picture, I know how much more I can develop both as a player and as a leader, and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing under Coach Herman, Coach Orlando, Coach Giles and Coach McKnight. I’m also on track to earn my degree, which is something that means so much to me, and I know how valuable a degree from UT will be to my future.

“With that, the win we just had in the Texas Bowl has already started the momentum, and I can’t wait to get into the offseason program and help build the future of this program.”

Omenihu finished 2017 with 28 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles.

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