Class of 2017

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

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

K’Lavon Chaisson: ‘Texas did everything great…but LSU was where I was comfortable’

GALENA PARK — The mass exodus of 2017 recruits to out-of-state programs continued Wednesday when Galena Park North Shore defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson spurned Texas for LSU. The four-star prospect was the highest-rated uncommitted player from the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 — and a top priority for Tom Herman’s … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Jordan Pouncey, Winter Park (Fla.)

Jordan Pouncey, WR, Winter Park (Fla.) FYI: 6-2/185; the No. 105-ranked wide receiver in the nation. Wide receiver became a priority for Tom Herman’s staff as national signing day approached. After missing on in-state candidates like Omar Manning and Charleston Rambo, Texas went all-in on the Florida prospect. Pouncey was … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Brenham LB Marqez Bimage will ‘meet all the measurables’

Marqez Bimage, LB, Brenham FYI: 6-3/233; No. 24-ranked inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 79-ranked player in the state. RELATED: Herman’s history with Marqez Bimage earned pledge Update: Bimage had already committed to Herman at Houston, and after Herman left UH for Texas, Bimage opened up … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Former TE Samuel Cosmi has ‘high upside’ as a college lineman

Samuel Cosmi, OT, Humble Atascocita FYI: 6-5/260; the No. 104-ranked offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 148-ranked player in Texas. Update: Texas wanted a second offensive lineman to add to this class, so the coaching staff targeted a familiar name. Cosmi was committed to Houston up until … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: WR Damion Miller’s ‘explosiveness’ can impact UT

Damion Miller, WR, John Tyler FYI: 6-1/193; No. 152nd-ranked overall prospect and No. 44-ranked wide receiver. Ranked No. 24 on the Fab 55. RELATED: The American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 Update: Miller’s combination of athleticism and technique makes him a candidate to earn snaps as a freshman. A … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: JUCO LB Gary Johnson could become an instant starter

Gary Johnson, LB, Dodge City (Kan.) C.C. FYI: 6-1/225; No. 5-ranked overall JUCO prospect and the No. 1-ranked JUCO linebacker. RELATED: Longhorn recruit Gary Johnson talks about new team Update: Johnson is one of Texas’ most important signings for the 2017 class. The top-rated junior college … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Hooks’ Montrell Estell ‘a freak athlete we want on our team’

Montrell Estell, ATH, Hooks FYI: 6-2/180; No. 253rd-ranked overall prospect and the No. 11-ranked athlete. Ranked No. 40 on the Fab 55. RELATED: The American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 Update: Estell is an interesting prospect because of his versatility. Most schools recruited him as a wide receiver, but he chose … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: DE Taquon Graham’s motor ‘will give him an advantage early on’

Taquon Graham, DE, Temple FYI: 6-3/255; No. 199th-ranked overall prospect and the No. 15-ranked defensive end. Ranked No. 26 on the Fab 55. RELATED: Family atmosphere secured Taquon Graham’s commitment Update: Texas held off a late surge from Oklahoma to secure Graham’s signature. A big defensive … Read More

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Tom Herman talks about Texas’ class: ‘It already is’ a success

UPDATE (12:07 p.m.): Here’s video of of Herman’s interview. .@coachtomherman talks to @LonghornNetwork about the signing class of 2017. #HookEm #TexasStampede pic.twitter.com/PtzjTZj90r — Texas Football (@Longhorn_FB) February 1, 2017 Tom Herman gave a quick interview with ESPN this morning. Here’s … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: SA Reagan lineman Derek Kerstetter will bolster interior line

Derek Kerstetter, OL, San Antonio Reagan FYI: 6-4/299; No. 27-ranked guard in the nation and the No. 81-ranked player in the state. RELATED: Tackle or guard? Derek Kerstetter says he’s fine playing either Update: A one-time Oklahoma State pledge, Kerstetter flipped to Texas shortly after getting an offer … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: RB Daniel Young an ‘aggressive runner’

Daniel Young, RB, Spring Westfield FYI: 6-0/210; the No. 35-ranked running back in the nation and No. 126-ranked player in the state. RELATED: Daniel Young ready to join familiar faces at Texas Update: Young’s familiarity with this Texas staff extends back years. He was once coached … Read More

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Breaking: Longhorns add surprise with JUCO defensive lineman

The Longhorns added a junior college defensive lineman to the 2017 class Wednesday with a late offer. Recruiting never ends, and Tom Herman proved that by extending an offer to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s defensive tackle Jamari Chisholm late Tuesday night. Chisholm was committed by the morning. Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Nacogdoches’ Josh Thompson ‘not afraid to fail’ as a cornerback

Josh Thompson, CB, Nacogdoches FYI: 6-0/182; No. 302nd-ranked overall prospect and the No. 35-ranked cornerback. Ranked No. 50 on the Fab 55. RELATED: The American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 Update: Another holdover from the class that Charlie Strong was building at Texas, Thompson is an underrated cornerback with … Read More