Class of 2017

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Winter Park, Fla.’s Jordan Pouncey

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

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Winter Park, Fla. wide receiver Jordan Pouncey

CLASS OF 2017: JORDAN POUNCEY Winter Park, Fla. WR (6-1, 187) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Pouncey originally committed to Notre Dame last summer, but de-committed when his receivers coach left the Fighting Irish to become Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator in the offseason. That opened things up … Read More

Class of 2017: Seeking a starring role, Jordan Pouncey brings a little Hollywood to Texas’ receiving corps

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Every morning, Jordan Pouncey wakes up 2,500 miles away from the city that inspired his nickname. In a couple of months, he’ll cut that distance in half. “Hollywood” is coming to Austin in the form of Pouncey, a 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver that Texas … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Northeast Oklahoma’s Jamari Chisholm

RECENT HISTORY: DEFENSIVE TACKLES Texas’ top defensive tackles The Longhorns’ top-performing defensive tackles and freshmen defensive tackles over the past four years: 2013: The top tackle — Malcom Brown (68 tackles, 12 TFL, 2 sacks); top freshman — Paul Boyette (2 tackles, 1 TFL) 2014: The top tackle — Malcom Brown (72 … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Northeast Oklahoma defensive tackle Jamari Chisholm

CLASS OF 2017: JAMARI CHISHOLM Northeast Oklahoma DT (6-4, 275) HOW DID HE GET HERE? If you’d have asked around the day before national signing day, Chisholm’s name probably wouldn’t have popped up on the radar. Yet there he was on Feb. 1, a surprise junior college signing … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Lake Travis’ Cade Brewer

RECENT HISTORY: TIGHT ENDS Texas’ top tight ends The Longhorns’ top-performing tight ends and freshmen tight ends over the past four years: 2013: The top tight end — Greg Daniels (3 catches, 28 yards, no TDs); top freshman — Geoff Swaim (3 catches, 14 yards, no TDs) 2014: The top … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Lake Travis tight end Cade Brewer

CLASS OF 2017: CADE BREWER Lake Travis TE (6-3, 232) HOW DID HE GET HERE?: Only one other 2017 signee lived closer to the UT campus than Brewer, yet his road to the Longhorns’ 2017 class certainly was a long and winding one. Brewer initially committed to … Read More

The Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Hooks’ Montrell Estell

RECENT HISTORY: SAFETIES Texas’ top safeties The Longhorns’ top-performing safeties and freshmen safeties over the past three years: 2014: The top safety — Dylan Haines (86 tackles, 4 INTs, 7 pass breakups); top freshman — Jason Hall (49 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 INTs, 10 pass breakups, 13 passes defended) 2015: The top … Read More

Class of 2017 yearbook: Hooks athlete Montrell Estell

YEARBOOK: MONTRELL ESTELL Hooks ATH (6-1, 185) HOW DID HE GET HERE?: Estell committed to Charlie Strong, not Tom Herman, on March 10, 2016, less than a month after attending Texas’ junior day. He was recruited by Jeff Traylor. He remained a UT commitment after Herman took … Read More

Class of 2017: Hooks DB Montrell Estell is casting his lot with the Longhorns

HOOKS — College recruiters and the clergy have similar pursuits, really. Both want you to join their flock. This map dot about 15 minutes west of Texarkana has only 2,769 people, according to the city limits sign, yet He’s everywhere. The First Assembly of God marquee … Read More

With Texas prospects dimming, Reese Leitao’s tale is one for all parents, students

JENKS, Okla. — With 15 spring practices now behind him, Texas coach Tom Herman rattled off his list of concerns last Saturday and said, “We don’t have a tight end right now.” The Longhorns were anxious to get Reese Leitao enrolled in June. With a 6-4 … Read More

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Early enrollees impress for Texas in Saturday’s Orange-White scrimmage

All three early enrollees in the 2017 class — quarterback Sam Ehlinger, running back Toneil Carter and kicker Joshua Rowland — featured prominently for the Longhorns during Saturday’s Orange-White scrimmage. Ehlinger ran the second-team offense at quarterback with mixed results, while Carter showed promise and … Read More

Bad ending to 2017, slow start to 2018 creates recruiting anxiety amongst fans

Recruiting trends are worth noting. The 2018 cycle is still eight months away from national signing day, but Texas sits in a precarious position entering the spring evaluation period. The Longhorns have only one commitment for 2018 — Justin Watkins, a four-star wide receiver from Ocala, … Read More

Tracking the Elite 11: We know where Sam Ehlinger is, but what about the others?

The Elite 11 Finals is the premier quarterback recruiting competition in prep football. Each summer, Nike gathers the top performers from regionals held throughout the country for a week of competition and mental tests in Oregon. Twelve players were selected for the finals in 2016. Each of those players have … Read More

Grading Texas’ 2017 recruiting class: Linebacker, safety earn top defensive marks

Texas was found wanting on national signing day. The Longhorns entered Wednesday with three priority targets yet to declare, including Galena Park North Shore defensive tackle K’Lavon Chaisson. Tom Herman’s program signed one of them — Florida wide receiver Jordan Pouncey. The disappointment on signing day was palpable. Texas … Read More

From Austin to Morgantown, grading the Big 12’s 2017 signing classes

Recruiting experts have considered this a down year for teams in the Big 12. Oklahoma, the two-time defending conference champion, stayed prominent. But Texas, with a new coaching change, toppled in the rankings. Here’s our annual look at how the Big 12 fared: OKLAHOMA Grade: A Biggest star: Justin Broiles … Read More

Grading Texas’ 2017 recruiting class: High marks for skilled positions on offense

Texas was found wanting on national signing day. The Longhorns entered Wednesday with three priority targets yet to declare. Tom Herman’s program signed one of them — Florida wide receiver Jordan Pouncey. The disappointment on signing day was palpable. Texas fans are used to winning in February. Not in … Read More

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Golden: Recruiting wins are always nice, but for Texas, football wins are better

HOUSTON — Tom Herman didn’t win a national championship on his first national signing day at Texas. He didn’t even bring in a top-10 national recruiting class. What’s taking him so long? That’s the nutso world of college recruiting. Everybody wants it all right now. Herman will win at UT … Read More

Texas coach Tom Herman’s first class features key needs, lacks key rankings

Recruiting services have grown into behemoths, and coaches can dispute whether a player should have been awarded three, four or five stars. Sure, they miss on some athletes, but generally speaking, they get it right. Texas fans grew accustomed to seeing the Longhorns dominate national signing … Read More

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Tom Herman defends, embraces his first Texas signing class

Last year, Texas became one of the nation’s biggest signing day stories as the Longhorns rocketed up the national team rankings as seven highly-rated prospects, one after the other, announced they were signing on. It was a steady 4-star stream, from Brandon Jones to Jeffrey McCulloch to Erick Fowler to Jordan Elliott. Read More