The Dotted Line: Recruits discuss the recent struggles — ‘Texas will get it going in the right direction’

The Texas football program has suffered losses in two of its last three games, and not just on the field. Tom Herman’s program is now 5-3 after Saturday’s road loss at TCU, and a last-second field goal over Kansas is the only thing separating the … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas’ recruiting wish list updated after recent de-commitment

Texas’ 2020 class dropped to 19 members on Wednesday afternoon when four-star Manor defensive end Princely Umanmielen backed off his August pledge to the Longhorns. He’ll remain a priority for the staff until national signing day since he’s still considering Texas. Early signing period is … Read More

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Texas lose commitment of 2020 cornerback Joshua Eaton

Texas lost its second defensive commitment of the week on Friday when four-star Joshua Eaton backed away from his pledge to the Longhorns.  Eaton is a 6-2, 175-pound cornerback from Aldine MacArthur who picked Texas back in August. Manor defensive end Princely Umanmielen did … Read More

The Dotted Line: Week 9 guide to watching Texas commitments in the 2020, 2021 classes

Seventeen of Texas’ 19 pledges in the 2020 class are playing on Thursday or Friday as district races shape up throughout the state. The only two commitments not playing this weekend are quarterback Hudson Card and offensive tackle Jaylen Garth, both out with injuries.  In-state 2020 commitments Ja’Quinden … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Football, baseball, basketball make this a great time of year for sports betting

The corner went 5-5 last week to bring our record since the start of the NFL season to 31-34-1. We’re entering the best time of the year for sports gambling with the football in full-swing, the start of the NBA season as well as the … Read More

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Manor defensive lineman Princely Umanmielen de-commits from Texas

The first casualty of the defensive struggles felt by Texas in the 2019 season was Manor defensive end Princely Umanmielen. The local four-star backed away from his pledge to the Longhorns on Wednesday afternoon with an announcement on Twitter. The 6-4, 249-pound senior was a first-team all-district … Read More

The Dotted Line: Examining the status of the Big 12 recruiting scene

The 2020 recruiting rankings haven’t changed much since the start of the football season. The acceleration of the process due to the advent of the early period made the spring and summer as important to building a recruiting class than the actual season. Texas and Oklahoma remain … Read More

Big 12 football power poll: Texas drops to No. 4 after near Kansas loss

1. (Prev: 1) Oklahoma (7-0) The best bet for fans of other Big 12 teams is that the NFL entices Lincoln Riley out of Norman. Oklahoma is rolling toward another Big 12 championship with its third transfer quarterback. The Sooners defense is starting to look adequate, which is all Oklahoma … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commit Andrej Karic is fine living in the recruiting shadows

SOUTHLAKE — It’s not easy for a 6-5, 270-pound teenager to go unnoticed. Yet that’s the case with Southlake Carroll offensive tackle Andrej Karic. The three-star is rarely discussed when Texas fans brag about the talent in the 2020 cycle. Yet, the UT commit headlines … Read More

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Freshman offensive lineman Javonne Shepherd enters transfer portal

The recruitment of Javonne Shepherd was full of twists and turns. His journey will continue away from Austin as the true freshman offensive tackle entered the transfer portal, per sources. Shepherd’s arrival into the transfer portal was first reported by Inside Texas. Shepherd was a four-star and … Read More

The Dotted Line: Jake Majors ‘trusting the process’ at Texas under Tom Herman

PROSPER — Texas offensive line commit Jake Majors isn’t worried about the losses to LSU and Oklahoma, or the close call against Kansas. Recruits tend to understand challenges on the field better than fans. Real football isn’t a video game. Texas simply can’t line up … Read More

The Dotted Line: In-person scouting reports on Texas’ 2020 commitments, 2021 targets

My job is simple: Drive around the state and watch football prospects who could potentially end up playing football for the Longhorns. My travels over the past three weeks included trips to Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as local stops to watch 2020 commitments Quentin Johnston and … Read More

The Dotted Line: Week 8 guide to watching Texas commits in the 2020, 2021 class

Three of Texas’ 20 commitments in the 2020 class are not in action this week as Kitan Crawford and his Tyler John Tyler teammates get a late open week, while Hudson Card and Jaylen Garth are out for the season with injuries. The other … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Big 12 bets; Cowboys continue struggles against Eagles

A 4-6 record last week puts us at 26-29-1 since the NFL season started seven weeks ago. Not great, but we’re also not mortgaging our future with losses. A few bad beats and injuries marred the last edition of Craven’s Corner. That should even out … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas wide receiver commit Quentin Johnston is ready to be a Longhorn

TEMPLE — Quentin Johnston prefers to make his noise on the football field. The four-star wide receiver from Temple is a quiet kid. He’s not a teenager glued to his cell phone. In fact, coaches struggled to reach him throughout the recruiting process. Not because … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commit Princely Umanmielen shows off versatility in win

LEANDER — Texas couldn’t score a victory over Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown, but it did earn one back in August when Manor defensive end Princely Umanmielen pledged to the Longhorns over a host of suitors, including the Sooners. The four-star is … Read More

Big 12 football power poll: Bowl-eligible Baylor takes over No. 2 spot

1. (Prev: 1) Oklahoma (6-0) The Sooners continue to outclass the Big 12 conference under the leadership of Lincoln Riley. Oklahoma bullied Texas on both lines of scrimmage, hinting at an improved defense. The offense continues to roll, scoring 10 more points a game than any other team in the … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas recruits react to the Red River Showdown loss to Oklahoma

It was Texas’ turn to host recruits during this year’s Red River Showdown against Oklahoma. The home team gets to invite and host prospects at the game, like it would for a normal home game. Dozens of commitments and targets were at the Cotton Bowl … Read More

The Dotted Line: Which programs are recruiting better than Texas in 2020?

Tom Herman and his Longhorns must prove capable of winning conference championships and competing in the College Football Playoffs before Texas gets back in the national discussion alongside Alabama and Clemson. One place Herman already has proven he can hang with those programs is on … Read More

The Dotted Line: Week 7 guide to watching Texas commitments

It’s a busy week for the Texas commits in the 2020 and 2021 class as district races heat up throughout the state. Nineteen of Texas’ 20 pledges for 2020 are playing on Thursday or Friday. Port Neches-Groves offensive tackle Jaylen Garth remains sidelined with an injury.  Ja’Quinden Jackson, … Read More