The Dotted Line: Teammates Javonne Shepherd, Demond Demas talk commitment status

HOUSTON — In-state recruiting hasn’t proven as fruitful for Texas in the 2019 class as it did in 2018, when the Longhorns signed the No. 3 class in the nation and set a record for number of signees from the Fabulous 55. Texas signed … Read More

The Dotted Line: Week 3 guide to watching Texas commits in action

It’s week three for the in-state commits. All 15 pledges, including the out-of-state ones, are in action. Many are expected on campus Saturday for the USC game, including several from outside the state. Here is a schedule of the future Longhorns. The in-state commits Temple vs. Killeen Harker Heights  Where: … Read More

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Texas quarterback commit Roschon Johnson sidelined with ankle injury

A source close to Texas quarterback commit Roschon Johnson will miss Port Neches-Groves’ game against Tomball on Saturday after reaggravating an ankle sprain in the loss last Friday against Huntsville. It’s probable that Johnson, a four-star commit who pledged to the Longhorns last summer, will miss multiple … Read More

The Dotted Line: Trey Sanders talks Texas; trio of out-of-state targets on officials

LAS VEGAS — Noah Cain isn’t the only IMG Academy (Fla.) running back who has an offer from Texas. His teammate, Trey Sanders, is the nation’s top-rated running back. The 6-foot, 214-pound prospect splits time in the IMG backfield with Cain, and has … Read More

The Dotted Line: Brayden Liebrock ‘1,000-percent committed’; Aggies gain momentum in 2020

LAS VEGAS — Texas commit Brayden Liebrock is used to travel. He grew up as a select baseball player and his senior season at Chandler High in Arizona must feel like a travel team. Liebrock and his teammates, improved to 3-1 on Saturday with a … Read More

The Dotted Line: Noah Cain cares about offensive line improvement, not Texas’ record

LAS VEGAS — Noah Cain isn’t worried about wins or losses. The four-star running back won’t pick a college based on distance. The Baton Rouge native moved to Denton in elementary school and then to IMG Academy in Florida after an all-state season at … Read More

The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with four-star wide receiver Demariyon Houston

One of Texas’ most recent commitments is four-star wide receiver Demariyon Houston. He and his Millwood (Okla.) High School teammates began the season last Thursday with a win over defending Oklahoma Class 4A champions Heritage Hall. Millwood is that state’s defending Class 2A champions and looks like … Read More

The Dotted Line: Week 2 guide to watching Texas commits in action

The second week of high school football in Texas kicks off on Thursday. Texas’ entire 15-man 2019 recruiting class is in action, just like last week. Six out-of-state commitments are already multiple games into their seasons; Californians De’Gabriel Floyd and Chris Adimora are both 3-0, as is Jake Smith and … Read More

The Dotted Line: A look back at the impact made by Texas’ lowest-ranked recruits this decade

One of Texas’ captains is right guard Elijah Rodriguez, a former three-star recruit who was the lowest-ranked recruit in the Longhorns’ 2014 signing class. The star system and recruiting services are flawed. It’s an educated guess, more than a road map. Rodriguez is in rarefied air. He’s the first player … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas target Jalen Catalon injured, not focused on recruiting

JENKS, Okla. — Jalen Catalon remains one of the state’s top uncommitted prospects. The Mansfield Legacy product is one of just two prospects ranked inside the top 20 of the Fabulous 55 yet to pick a school. Catalon was more worried about his senior … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas pledge Demariyon Houston overcomes obstacles thanks to football

OKLAHOMA CITY — Demariyon Houston remembers sitting in a car with his mom in downtown Oklahoma City. She was crying. He was eating. Houston, just a child at the time, thought she was crying because she was hungry. Only he was eating. As he grew older, he realized … Read More

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The Texas 22: Starting at center — Zach Shackelford

We’re breaking down Texas’ starting lineup, in alphabetical order on both sides. Zach Shackelford Junior center, 6-4, 305 High school: Belton Signing class: 2016 Career games: 19 Career starts: 17 Who he was — before Texas Shackelford was the lowest-rated member of Texas’ 2016 recruiting class. The Belton product wasn’t … Read More

The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with four-star slot receiver Jake Smith

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Texas commit Jake Smith is off to a fantastic start to his senior season. The four-star slot receiver from Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.) has scored 11 of his team’s first 12 touchdowns, helping the team to a 2-0 record. Smith rushed … Read More

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The Texas 22: Starting at defensive end — Charles Omenihu

We’re breaking down Texas’ starting lineup, in alphabetical order on both sides. Charles Omenihu Senior defensive lineman, 6-6, 275 High school: Rowlett Signing class: 2015 Career games: 37 Career starts: 19 Career numbers: 71 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks Who he was — before Texas Omenihu was a … Read More

The Texas 22: Starting at right guard — Elijah Rodriguez

We’re breaking down Texas’ starting lineup, in alphabetical order on both sides. Elijah Rodriguez Senior offensive guard, 6-5, 305 High school: Houston Cypress Creek Signing class: 2014 Career games: 20 Career starts: 4 Who he was — before Texas Rodriguez was a three-year starter at Cypress Creek. He chose Texas … Read More

The Dotted Line: The Week 1 guide to watching Texas commitments in action

The pads start popping on high school fields across Texas on Thursday when the prep season officially kicks off inside the state. Six of Texas’ 15 out-of-state commitments were in action last week, as the season began early in states like California, Georgia and Florida. Texas and Oklahoma join the … Read More

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The Texas 22: Starting at defensive tackle — Chris Nelson

We’re breaking down Texas’ starting lineup. We’re doing two a day, one offensive and one defensive player, in alphabetical order on both sides. Chris Nelson Senior defensive tackle, 6-1, 315 High school: Lakeland (Fla.)Victory Christian Signing class: 2014 Career games: 31 Career starts: 15 Career numbers: 70 tackles, 10 tackles … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas will pursue handful of prospects committed elsewhere

The Longhorns holds 15 commitments as the Texas high school football season starts Thursday. The class ranks 10th in the nation. Tom Herman’s program plans to sign a minimum of 25 prospects in the 2019 class, which means there are at least 10 spots available before national signing day. There … Read More

The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with Texas tight end pledge Brayden Liebrock

The tight end position is an important piece to Tom Herman’s offense. He’s spent his first three recruiting classes adding numbers to the position, signing three in his first two cycles and holding commitments from two players at the position for 2019. One of those pledges is … Read More

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The Texas 22: Starting at right tackle — Derek Kerstetter

We’re breaking down Texas’ starting lineup. We’re doing two a day, one offensive and one defensive player, in alphabetical order on both sides. Derek Kerstetter Sophomore offensive tackle, 6-6, 305 High school: San Antonio Reagan Signing class: 2017 Career games: 10 Career starts: 10 Who he was — before Texas … Read More