Class of 2016

Longhorns Class of 2016: Can Chris Brown become the next Quandre Diggs for Texas?

HOUSTON — If Chris Brown’s career at Texas ends up resembling that of Quandre Diggs’, then receivers — and reporters — better be on alert. At Alief Elsik, coaches referred to Brown as “the Governor” because he doesn’t miss many chances to articulate his thoughts. Sound familiar? … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Jordan Elliott

WHAT’S ELLIOTT STEPPING INTO? It’s a good year to be a freshman defensive tackle — Jordan Elliott and Euless Trinity’s Chris Daniels have good shots to get significant snaps if they can earn them. Texas has lost Hassan Ridgeway and Desmond Jackson, which leaves Poona Ford as the best option. Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Houston Westside’s Jordan Elliott

YEARBOOK: JORDAN ELLIOTT Houston Westside defensive tackle (6-3, 322) HOW HE GOT HERE: It wasn’t easy. Elliott had previously committed to Baylor, Houston, Texas and Michigan before he ultimately decided on the Horns on signing day. It was thought he’d be a Wolverine until late in … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Jordan Elliott had many loves before choosing Texas

HOUSTON — According to a source familiar with the situation, Jim Harbaugh is a snorer. A room-rattling snorer. The Michigan coach, making his rounds to see the top prospects in the Houston area before national signing day, pulled up to the home of four-star defensive tackle Jordan … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Lil’Jordan Humphrey

WHAT’S HUMPHREY STEPPING INTO? Charlie Strong said it himself earlier this week: Texas needs to find more play-making wide receivers beyond sophomore-to-be John Burt. Who’ll be throwing it to them is a discussion for another day. Besides Burt, who had TD catches of 84 and 69 yards, the Horns need … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Southlake Carroll’s Lil’Jordan Humphrey

YEARBOOK: LIL’JORDAN HUMPHREY Southlake Carroll athlete (6-5, 199) HOW HE GOT HERE: Humphrey was recruited by linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator Brian Jean-Mary and former receivers coach Jay Norvell. Former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson also was in on the recruitment. It came down to Texas and Wisconsin, and … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: There’s nothing lil’ about Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s ability

SOUTHLAKE — First, before any serious discussion begins about Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s athleticism, let’s examine that apostrophe. According to family folklore, Lil’Jordan’s oldest brother Terry wanted to name his new baby brother after a certain basketball superstar. No, Chevette Humphrey told him. She wasn’t naming her fourth child Michael Jordan. “I … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, They Said It: Manor linebacker Erick Fowler

Erick Fowler terrorized District 17-5A the last two years, a district comprised of teams found in Charlie Strong and Texas’ backyard. Fowler was an Austin American-Statesman All-Central Texas performer as a junior and senior and may go down as one of the greatest players to ever play for Manor … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Erick Fowler

WHAT’S FOWLER STEPPING INTO? All Fowler has to worry about is sticking out in what could be an impressive group of young outside linebackers. That includes Malik Jefferson, Ed Freeman, Breckyn Hager, Anthony Wheeler and fellow 2016 signee Jeffrey McCulloch. Still, Texas continued to recruit him even after he’d … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Erick Fowler’s mom’s pancakes are ‘a wink, a dash of kiss, and whisked with a lot of love’

MANOR — It’s worth asking what LSU football coach Les Miles should regret more: Not signing Erick Fowler or not eating at Erick Fowler’s home. Texas coach Charlie Strong is happy to say he did both. Remember the story Strong shared on signing day about … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Manor OLB Erick Fowler

YEARBOOK: ERICK FOWLER Manor outside linebacker (6-1, 240) HOW HE GOT HERE: Most figured Fowler would be an LSU Tiger, not a Texas Longhorn. He committed to LSU last June. But Texas kept recruiting him, led by linebackers coach (and recruiting coordinator) Brian Jean-Mary along with … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Meet Manor’s Erick Fowler — the Beast of East Austin

MANOR — For the first time in its 40-plus years, the Greater East Austin Youth Association wanted to retire the football jersey of one of its alums. So on Feb. 27, about 50 people close to Erick Fowler convened at Downs Mabson Fields off East 12th St. to … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Brandon Jones

WHAT’S JONES STEPPING INTO? Opportunity. And that’s even considering the fact that Texas returns both of its starting safeties from last season in Jason Hall and Dylan Haines. If Jones is as good as advertised, it’s not inconceivable to see him playing an important part of the defensive … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, They Said It: Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones is one of the most talented members of the Longhorns’ recruiting class. The nation’s top safety was being sought after by nearly all the top programs in the nation and Texas, including Texas A&M (see below). But in the end, Jones was rocking the … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones

YEARBOOK: BRANDON JONES Nacogdoches safety (6-0, 195) HOW HE GOT HERE: Jeff Traylor, who won three state titles at Gilmer before joining the Texas staff, was in Jones’ recruitment, and maybe those East Texas ties paid off — Gilmer’s only 80 miles or so away. In fact, it … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Brandon Jones’ father still a part of safety’s life, game

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — As he wrestled with his college decision, the person Brandon Jones needed most by his side couldn’t be there. Bert Jones would’ve had all of the answers, Brandon believes, but his death five years earlier from cancer meant his son, the nation’s top-ranked … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, They Said It: Euless Trinity DL Chris Daniels

Chris Daniels was once committed to Oklahoma but left the Sooners’ class last month and a few weeks later, the 4-star defensive tackle signed with Texas. Now he can’t wait to get here. Just the thought of me living in Austin in a … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Chris Daniels

WHAT’S DANIELS STEPPING INTO? There’s an opening for a first-year tackle or two — Daniels and Jordan Elliott have the best shots — to get significant snaps. Texas is losing Hassan Ridgeway and Desmond Jackson, which leaves Poona Ford as the best option. The Horns like to rotate their … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Euless Trinity DT Chris Daniels

YEARBOOK: CHRIS DANIELS Euless Trinity defensive tackle (6-4, 328) HOW HE GOT HERE: Daniels’ journey to Texas had plenty of plot twists. Texas didn’t even get into the game until late, when he was all set to commit to Oklahoma. In fact, he did pledge to the Sooners … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Meet Chris Daniels, Texas’ 6-4, 328-pound thespian

EULESS — Chances are good Texas signee Chris Daniels will be plopped on his couch Sunday night watching the Oscars. If he sticks to the script, Daniels will be on the red carpet himself someday, too. Daniels is physically imposing, a 6-foot, 4-inch, 328-pound chiseled man who should find his … Read More