The Texas Longhorns flag flies in the end zone prior to kickoff against West Virginia at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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

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RECENT HISTORY: WIDE RECEIVERS

Texas’ top wideouts

The Longhorns’ top-performing wide receivers and freshmen WRs the past four years:

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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 freshman — Armanti Foreman (10 catches, 188 yards, 2 TDs)
2015: The top receiver — John Burt (28 catches, 457 yards, 2 TDs); top freshman — John Burt

2016: The top receiver — Armanti Foreman (34 catches, 420 yards, 3 TDs); top freshman — Devin Duvernay (20 catches, 412 yards, 3 TDs)

Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay(2) runs for a touchdown against Iowa State in the third quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

RECENT SIGNINGS: WIDE RECEIVERS

The last 15 wide receivers Texas has signed, going back to Charlie Strong’s first signed class of 2014. Numbers in parenthesis reflect that player’s star rating from 247Sports’ composite rankings:

2017: Damion Miller, Tyler John Tyler (4). Highly-regarded prospect has the best chance to see the field his freshman season.

2017: Jordan Pouncey, Winter Park, Fla. (3). Once committed to Notre Dame, Pouncey flipped to Texas on signing day.

2016: Collin Johnson, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian (4). Johnnie Johnson’s kid, Kirk Johnson’s brother, and big 6-5, 200-pound target has emerged as one of UT’s top wideouts.

John Tyler wide receiver Damion Miller pulls in a long Bryson Smith pass all alone for a touchdown in the first quarter Friday against Rockwall-Heath at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler.3 Andrew D. Brosig/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP

2016: Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, Manvel (3). Hemphill-Mapps, Jacorey Warrick’s step-brother, redshirted last fall but had an impressive spring this year.

2016: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Southlake Carroll (3). Labeled an athlete because he was so productive as a running back as well as a pass-catcher. Was a big playmaker in high school.

2016: Davion Curtis, Temple (3). Redshirted last fall.

2015: John Burt, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln (4). Had a solid freshman year — started every game, was second on the team in catches, was No. 6 on the all-time UT freshman receiving yards list, and scored on plays of 84 and 69 yards. But he took a step back in 2016; he concentrated solely on football this spring.

2015: Ryan Newsome, Aledo (4). Stood out more on special teams than pass-catching (4 catches, 23 yards). Played in seven games as a freshman, then transferred out to Arizona State.

2015: DeAndre McNeal, Mesquite Poteet (4). Played in 10 games as a freshman, mostly on special teams. Ended up as a tight end, then was suspended last August and no longer is in the program. He’s at Florida Atlantic now.

2015: Gilbert Johnson, Atlanta (Ga.) Prep Sports Academy (3). Signed, but never made it to Texas. Just like he once signed, but never made it to Georgia.

2014: Armanti Foreman, Texas City (4). Has played in 34 career games, with 17 starts. In 2015, was third on the team in receiving yards (182), fourth in catches (11) and tied for first in receiving TDs (2). Led the team in catches last year.

2014: Lorenzo Joe, Abilene Cooper (4). Has played in 32 career games as a Longhorn, but has started only once.

2014: Roderick Bernard, Houston Sharpstown (3). Has primarily been a special teamer. Arrived here as a wide receiver, but is transitioning to running back. Missed this spring while rehabbing an injury.

2014: Dorian Leonard, Longview (3). Has started seven games and has appeared in 31 games. Started the bulk of Texas’ Big 12 games last fall.

2014: Garrett Gray, Marble Falls (3). Gray is playing tight end now, not receiver.

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