Newly appointed University of Texas head coach Tom Herman during a Class 6A, Division I state quarterfinal at Reeves Athletic Complex, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Tulsa Jenks TE Reese Leitao flips commitment to Texas from Nebraska

Posted December 29th, 2016

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The tight end position has become practically invisible at Texas in recent years. New coach Tom Herman may change all that.

The Longhorns landed another commitment from a tight end on Thursday when Tulsa (Okla.) Jenks product Reese Leitao announced he was coming to UT.

The 6-foot-4 standout originally committed to Nebraska last summer and stuck with that plan throughout the football season. However, Leitao took an official visit to Austin in early December and then announced he was ready to join the Longhorns. He’s considered a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports.

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“Through much more consideration and thought with family, I believe that the best decision for me is to end my recruitment right now,” Leitao said in a message posted on Twitter. “Once again I’d like to thank all of the programs that have recruited me and everyone that has helped me in this process but currently I am committed to the University of Texas.”

Leitao’s decision comes less than a week after Texas got Lake Travis tight end Cade Brewer to flip his commitment to Texas from SMU.

“Just get started,” Herman posted on his Twitter account. “This latest commit is the 2nd one at a position of need.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

2017 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

Here's a look at the recruits who have committed to Texas coach Tom Herman for the 2017 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from Horns247. Oral commitments are non-binding. National signing day is Feb. 1, 2017.

PlayerPos.SchoolStarsCommitted
Damion MillerWRTyler John Tyler46/25/2015
Sam EhlingerQBWestlake47/28/2015
Kobe BoyceCBLake Dallas34/3/2016
Montrell EstellSHooks35/20/2016
Josh ThompsonCBNacogdoches37/27/2016
Taquon GrahamDLTemple49/5/16
Joshua Rowland*KMiss. Gulf Coast CCN/A12/11/16
Toneil CarterRBLangham Creek412/19/16
Cade BrewerTELake Travis312/23/16
Daniel YoungRBHouston Westfield312/23/16
Derek KerstetterOLSan Antonio Reagan312/26/16
Reese LeitaoTETulsa (Okla.) Jenks312/29/16
Marqez BimageLBBrenham31/6/17
Max CumminsOLFW All Saints31/17/17
Gary JohnsonLBDodge City CC41/20/17
*-indicates signed letter of intent

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