Class of 2017

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Leitao decision signifies change in Texas football philosophy

Reese Leitao deserves a second chance. But not at Texas. When the Jenks tight end got caught with 20 Xanax pills and $1,300 in cash and, according to the arrest affidavit, admitted to selling drugs, he would have forfeited any chance to play for me had I been the University … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Humble Atascocita lineman Samuel Cosmi

CLASS OF 2017: SAMUEL COSMI Humble Atascocita, offensive lineman (6-6, 279) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Like fellow Texas signees Marqez Bimage and Daniel Young, Cosmi originally committed to Tom Herman’s Houston Cougars last June. But he became a Longhorn in quick fashion — Texas offered … Read More

Class of 2017: Samuel Cosmi’s journey from Houston to Texas fulfills a dream

HUMBLE — In her home, Rodica Cosmi keeps what can best be described as a dream board. On the board, she has kept reminders of her dreams for her three children and husband. Her dreams for Samuel Cosmi, her only son, range from the customary (become a great man) to the … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Nacogdoches’ Josh Thompson

RECENT HISTORY: CORNERBACKS Texas’ top CBs The Longhorns’ top-performing cornerbacks and freshmen CBs over the past four years: 2013: The top corner — Quandre Diggs, 58 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups; top freshman — Bryson Echols, 11 tackles 2014: The top corner — Quandre Diggs, 73 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Nacogdoches cornerback Josh Thompson

CLASS OF 2017: JOSH THOMPSON Nacogdoches, cornerback (5-11, 192) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Late May of 2016 brought a stream of offers — in one four-day span he was offered by Houston, Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas State, Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State. He committed to TCU in … Read More

Class of 2017: Josh Thompson is eating broccoli, biding time, waiting to join Texas

NACOGDOCHES — Eating right can be a real drag, especially in a college town where there’s a fast food joint on every block. Josh Thompson has it easy now. Wait until he gets to Texas and there’s a heapin’ helping of everything. Just what every growing … Read More

Texas coach Tom Herman is weighing the final decision on tight end Reese Leitao

Texas signee Reese Leitao pled guilty to misdemeanor drug possession on Tuesday and will receive a four-year deferred sentence as part of his agreement with Tulsa County prosecutors. If Leitao stays out of trouble for four years, his attorney said, his record will be wiped clean … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Temple’s Ta’Quon Graham

RECENT HISTORY: DEFENSIVE ENDS Texas’ top ends The Longhorns’ top-performing defensive ends and freshmen DEs over the past four years: 2013: The top end — Jackson Jeffcoat, 86 tackles, 22 TFL, 13 sacks, 19 hurries; top freshman — Bryce Cottrell, 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 hurry 2014: The top … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Temple defensive end Ta’Quon Graham

CLASS OF 2017: TA’QUON GRAHAM Temple defensive end, (6-3, 266) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Graham committed to Texas last September — the day after the Longhorns’ season-opening win over Notre Dame — and he signed with Texas on Feb. 1. But in between there was plenty of recruiting drama. Read More

Class of 2017: Temple’s Ta’Quon Graham looks to cash in on Texas’ defense

TEMPLE — If you’re ever short on cash at Royal-Memorial Stadium, maybe Ta’Quon Graham can help you out. Graham, the Temple defensive end who signed with Texas in February, played his high school games with money in his socks. It’s a superstition that traces back to … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Brenham’s Marqez Bimage

RECENT HISTORY: LINEBACKERS Texas’ top ‘backers The Longhorns’ leading linebackers and freshmen linebackers the past four years: 2013: The top linebacker — Peter Jinkens, 49 tackles, 2 TFL; top freshman — Tim Cole, 10 tackles, 1 hurry 2014: The top linebacker — Jordan Hicks, 147 tackles, 3.5 … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Brenham linebacker Marqez Bimage

CLASS OF 2017: MARQEZ BIMAGE Brenham, linebacker (6-2, 242) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Like fellow 2017ers Daniel Young and Samuel Cosmi, Bimage started out as a Houston pledge but flipped to Texas when Tom Herman was hired in late November. The Longhorns offered him about two weeks … Read More

Class of 2017: Marqez Bimage is the latest stop on the Brenham-to-Texas pipeline

BRENHAM — Every few years, the town of Brenham seemingly sends one of its Cubs on a 90-mile journey to Royal-Memorial Stadium. Five years ago, Brenham defensive tackle Malcom Brown and linebacker Timothy Cole traded their Blue Bell for burnt-orange jerseys. Luke Poehlmann and Ryan Roberson followed that path paved on … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Spring Westfield’s Daniel Young

RECENT HISTORY: RUNNING BACKS Texas’ top rushers The Longhorns’ leading rushers and freshmen rushers the past four years: 2013: The top running back — Malcolm Brown, 214-904-9; top freshman — Jalen Overstreet, 20-102-2 2014: The top running back — Malcolm Brown, 183-608-6; top freshman — Foreman, 15-73-0 2015: The top … Read More

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Future Texas football player shines at state track

Hooks senior Montrell Estell had some personal business on his plate before he plants his feet in the University of Texas defensive backfield. Wearing a burnt orange Longhorns baseball cap, the gold medal around his neck was almost as bright as the smile on his face at the UIL State … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Lake Dallas’ Kobe Boyce

RECENT HISTORY: CORNERBACKS Texas’ top CBs The Longhorns’ top-performing cornerbacks and freshmen CBs over the past four years: 2013: The top corner — Quandre Diggs, 58 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups; top freshman — Bryson Echols, 11 tackles 2014: The top corner — Quandre Diggs, 73 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Lake Dallas cornerback Kobe Boyce

CLASS OF 2017: KOBE BOYCE Lake Dallas, CB (6-0, 164) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Boyce committed to Charlie Strong back in April 2016. Only four Big 12 schools offered him scholarships (Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor and Iowa State). STAR RATING: 3 RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 563rd; Fab 55, not … Read More

Class of 2017: Changing positions, changing schools paid off for Kobe Boyce

CORINTH — Sometimes it takes a while to find your place on the football field. And the search can be quite painful. Kobe Boyce was an athletic kid who loved to play multiple sports. Baseball, basketball, even lacrosse. As a seventh grader, he went out for … Read More

Tom Herman, Texas flexing muscle on the 2018 recruiting trail

It’s hard to define a coach in year one. That’s true on the field as much as it is in recruiting. Tom Herman’s first recruiting class was a dud, at least for Texas’ standards. It was the lowest-ranked recruiting class Texas signed this century. Two four-star recruits – … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Tyler John Tyler’s Damion Miller

RECENT HISTORY: WIDE RECEIVERS Texas’ top wideouts The Longhorns’ top-performing wide receivers and freshmen WRs the past four years: 2013: The top receiver — Mike Davis (51 catches, 727 yards, 8 TDs); top freshman — None 2014: The top receiver — John Harris (68 catches, 1,051 yards, 7 TDs); top … Read More