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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

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Florida 4-star linebacker Amari Gainer to decide Friday, lists Texas in final four

It is established Tom Herman doesn’t mind roaming outside of Texas to find talent. The 2018 class consists of eight members and half of those prospects play prep football in a different state. One of them – Justin Watkins – resides in … Read More

A Fab 55 profile: Trent Gordon went from late bloomer to Penn State pledge

MANVEL — Consider Trent Gordon a late bloomer. Most of the elite athletes in the state point toward elementary school and Pop Warner football as the time they realized sports was a route toward success. Not Gordon. The No. 51-ranked player on the … 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

Texas pledge Byron Hobbs brings energy, enthusiasm to outside linebacker position

FORT WORTH — Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando utilizes defenders’ speed, versatility and aggression to stop offenses. He needs players with a motor and a mean streak. And athleticism doesn’t hurt, either. He found those traits in Fort Worth Eastern Hills’ Byron Hobbs, the 6-4, 210-pound … Read More

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Texas makes Fab 55 member Max Wright’s top 11

Katy Taylor star defensive end Max Wright, the No. 3 player on the Statesman’s Fabulous 55 list, cut his wishlist down to 11 schools on Monday, and Texas is on it. IT'S TIME⛔️⛔️thank you to everyone who's supported me,Here's … Read More

Spring update: Predicting where the top 10 2018 players in the Fabulous 55 sign

With spring evaluation period ending at the end of May, the recruiting picture around the state is starting to focus. Here are early predictions of where the state’s top 10 players from this year’s Fabulous 55 end up come national signing day. The only committed player … 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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Post Bamba: Texas wins Big 12 recruiting rankings for second straight year

For the second year in a row, Texas men’s basketball and coach Shaka Smart will enter the Big 12 with the league’s best recruiting class and unlike last season, will have the league’s top freshman recruit. Texas’ five-man recruiting class features three 247 Sports top-50 players … Read More

Mo-mentum: Texas edges out Kentucky in battle for 5-star recruit Mohamed Bamba

One particular moment at the NBA scouting combine last week was as insignificant as it was memorable. Behind a row of NBA executives that included Magic Johnson, Texas coach Shaka Smart and assistant Jai Lucas stood all alone. Literally five feet away, Kentucky’s John Calipari was … Read More

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Safety DeMarvion Overshown names Texas in top 15

Safety is a target position for the Longhorns in 2018 and Texas is in the running for Arp athlete DeMarvion Overshown. The four-star safety has spent time at linebacker and at defensive end in his career. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect visited Texas’ junior day. Read More

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Mohamed Bamba is highest-rated recruit to come to Texas since Kevin Durant

Mohamed Bamba is coming to Austin, instantly becoming the most talented player Shaka Smart has landed in his head coaching career. He’s also tied for the highest-rated recruit to pick Texas since the advent of true recruiting rankings, according to 247 Sports. The talented 6-foot-11-inch, 216-pound center … 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

A Fab 55 profile: Barton Clement names Texas, Texas A&M as his leaders

MISSOURI CITY — The football rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M still exists. Instead of the two teams meeting on a football field every Thanksgiving, the Longhorns and Aggies square off for elite prospects around the state. One of the top priorities for both teams in the 2018 class is … Read More

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Four-star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle includes Texas in top 12

Texas is in the running for one of the most electric prospects in the state after Bellaire Episcopal wide receiver Jaylen Waddle trimmed his list to 12 teams. The Longhorns are in the running along with Oregon, Florida State and Oklahoma among others. 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