Class of 2016

Tom Herman’s first recruiting pitch wasn’t to an athlete, but to the state’s coaches

Perhaps Tom Herman will get to Alaska and Hawaii one day. Herman, speaking to the media in his first public remarks as Texas’ new coach on Sunday, estimated that he has recruited 48 states over his 19 years as a college coach. He’s never been to Alaska and he’s never … Read More

Big 12 timeline: Baylor departures, Oklahoma arrivals top offseason storylines

So you may have heard, but Baylor had a bad offseason. Confronted with allegations of school officials mishandling sexual assaults on campus, the school steeped in Baptist values was left with little choice in May but to fire football coach Art Briles, who revolutionized the once dormant program with a … Read More

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They said it Class of 2016: Copperas Cove High School offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez

Following a coaching change at Baylor, several 2016 recruits decided to change their minds on their decision and Texas benefited greatly. One of those standout recruits was J.P. Urquidez of Copperas Cove High School. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman is a three-time all-district performer and was a two-time (in two … Read More

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They said it Class of 2016: Sachse High School defensive back Donovan Duvernay

When his twin brother Devin switched from Baylor to Texas, it wasn’t that surprising that Donovan Duvernay of Sachse would soon arrive in Austin. Donovan was an All-District player on offense and defense and scored nine touchdowns in 2015. Here’s what people are saying about Donovan Duvernay on social media. Read More

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They said it Class of 2016: Sachse High School wide receiver Devin Duvernay

Once a coaching change was made at Baylor, the Bears’ 2016 recruiting class was bound to take a hit, and Texas benefited from it. And one of the first to go from Waco to Austin was Devin Duvernay, a high school All-American receiver Sachse. Here’s what people are saying about … Read More

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They said it Class of 2016: Silsbee High School offensive lineman Patrick Hudson

Patrick Hudson dominated at the line of scrimmage at Silsbee and when a coaching change happened in Waco, he decided that he wanted to continue his career at Texas. Last month the 4-star offensive lineman switched his college choice. Here’s what people are saying about Patrick Hudson in … Read More

Patrick Hudson’s arrival leaves Longhorns’ roster full

Texas picked up another Baylor defection on Wednesday when four-star offensive lineman Patrick Hudson committed to the Longhorns. “Class of 2016 keeps getting Stronger! #LetsRide,” Texas coach Charlie Strong tweeted. Hudson is the fourth Baylor player to pick UT this summer after being released from binding letters of intent in Waco. Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: North Mesquite’s Jean Delance

YEARBOOK: JEAN DELANCE North Mesquite offensive tackle (6-5, 299) HOW HE GOT HERE: It was assumed Delance would sign with Oklahoma — he committed to the Sooners way back in November 2014 — but he de-committed in March 2015 after the racist video scandal involving an OU fraternity … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Jean Delance brings a mean streak to Austin

MESQUITE — Some college coaches tell recruits exactly what they want to hear, and they can charm Mom and Dad. But it’s hard to fool human lie detectors like Avis King, a 60-year-old Southern Baptist from Georgia. King is not someone Texas coach Charlie Strong could snooker. In 2010, she … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Eric Cuffee

WHAT’S CUFFEE STEPPING INTO: A fairly crowded grouping of rising cornerbacks — Holton Hill, Kris Boyd and Davante Davis all played as freshmen — stand between Cuffee and significant playing time, but if his game is there, Vance Bedford will use him. Cuffee also might be an option at safety, but the … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Waco’s Eric Cuffee

YEARBOOK: ERIC CUFFEE Waco High cornerback (6-0, 187) HOW HE GOT HERE: As fate would have it, Cuffee came thiiiiiiiis close to being an Aggie. Texas A&M was atop his list of colleges last December, when he tried to graduate early. But that didn’t happen, and he … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Waco DB Eric Cuffee has always acted big for his age

WACO — Folks at Waco High like to regale with stories about Eric Cuffee’s pristine reputation at the school. Told that a troubled boy was in need of guidance, Cuffee accepted a mentorship role, and in a matter of a few months has steered the freshman into better conduct. Cuffee, … Read More

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They said it Class of 2016: Duncanville High School defensive tackle Marcel Southall

Marcel Southall flew under the radar a bit during the recruiting season as the burly defensive tackle didn’t take many visits and his high school team, Duncanville, was rebuilding. But he wound up at Texas anyway. Here’s what’s being said of Southall vis Twitter. Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Marcel Southall

WHAT’S SOUTHALL STEPPING INTO? Opportunities. Like the other three defensive tackles that Texas signed (Euless Trinity’s Chris Daniels, Houston Westside’s Jordan Elliott and Destrehan, La.’s Gerald Wilbon), Southall has a shot at getting onto the field as a true freshman. Texas needs depth at the defensive tackle spot with Hassan … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Duncanville’s Marcel Southall

YEARBOOK: MARCEL SOUTHALL Duncanville defensive tackle (6-1, 287) HOW HE GOT HERE: Southall, who was recruited by Brick Haley and Brian Jean-Mary, made his recruiting tour around the state and region last summer, hitting camps at Texas A&M and TCU and taking unofficial visits to Texas, Oklahoma … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Marcel Southall brings pride back to ‘City of Champions’

DUNCANVILLE — The fire-breathing, whistle-blowing Bob Alpert wouldn’t recognize the City of Champions these days. Alpert’s Duncanville Panthers have slipped into Metroplex mediocrity, posting 3-7 records three times in the last four years. This place was a powerhouse at the turn of the century, a town so proud of its … Read More

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They said it Class of 2016: Destrehan High School defensive tackle Gerald Wilbon

Gerald Wilbon is a big dude. At one point, he was banned from playing football by the St. Charles Parish recreation department because he was too big. But that size and his talent of playing football has led him to the University of Texas. The 6-foot-2-inch, 327 pound … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Gerald Wilbon

WHAT’S WILBON STEPPING INTO? It’s a good year to be a freshman defensive tackle, even if Texas did sign five of them — defensive coordinator Vance Bedford has already said that if you’re a 300-pound defensive lineman, you should expect to see the field this fall. Wilbon (6-2/327), Euless Trinity’s … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Destrehan’s Gerald Wilbon

YEARBOOK: GERALD WILBON Destrehan (La.) defensive tackle (6-2, 327) HOW HE GOT HERE: Like the three other Louisianans in this class, Texas defensive line coach Brick Haley — a former LSU assistant — was a real key in landing Wilbon. Texas A&M and LSU also wanted him. Texas … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Gerald Wilbon has always been a big boy, and Texas couldn’t be happier

DESTREHAN, La. — One day maybe 10 years ago, Roxanne Wilbon dropped off her only son at football practice and within minutes was told to take him home. Gerald Wilbon had been banned by the St. Charles Parish parks and recreation department. The reason? … Read More