The Dotted Line: Texas, Oklahoma remain atop Big 12 recruiting rankings

New song, same dance. That’s how recruiting feels in the Big 12, and the 2020 class hasn’t change that perception. The two kings of the conference, at least on the recruiting trail, are Oklahoma and Texas. There is no third challenger. Texas and Oklahoma are the … Read More

The Dotted Line: Six members of the Fabulous 55 remain uncommitted

Six members of the Fabulous 55 remain uncommitted entering the final weekend before national signing day next Wednesday. Three of those players are priority targets for Texas. As is Galena Park North Shore running back Zachary Evans, the top-rated player in the state: … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Backing the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl — plus prop bets!

The Corner turned a profit in its first year. We finished the football season with a 69-60-4 record and hitting on future bets like Baltimore winning the AFC North and Memphis winning the AAC. Sunday’s Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs closes our … Read More

The Dotted Line: Three questions facing Texas heading into national signing day next week

Only this final weekend separates unsigned prospects in the 2020 recruiting class from national signing day next Wednesday. Texas signed 17 prospects during the early signing period in December; eight of those enrolled early and are already on campus. Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commits Ja’Tavion Sanders, Juan Davis meet new assistant coaches

Two future Longhorns were in town last weekend to take in a Texas basketball game and meet the new assistant coaches hired by Tom Herman. Denton Ryan’s Ja’Tavion Sanders and Everman’s Juan Davis made the trip from the Dallas-Fort Worth … Read More

The Dotted Line: Who is the top football prospect in Texas for the 2021 class?

The final chapter of the 2020 recruiting class will be written on national signing day next Wednesday. Focus will then quickly switch to 2021. The state of Texas is loaded with football talent for the 2021 class, headlined by multiple offensive … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas’ recruiting wish list with national signing day approaching

With national signing day coming next week, Texas’ class ranks ninth in the nation and first in the Big 12 despite a low number of commitments. The Longhorns signed 17 prospects in the early signing period in December; eight of … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas’ move to four-man front helps with Landon Jackson, Marcus Burris

A renewed interest in Texas’ defensive scheme under new coordinator Chris Ash was on display Saturday when the Longhorns hosted dozens of top targets from the 2021 class. Numerous defensive linemen have passed on UT because of the odd-man front that was deployed by … Read More

The Dotted Line: Linebackers Derrick Harris Jr., Terrence Cooks form bond on Texas visit

Programs count on commitments to help with recruiting. New Caney outside linebacker Derrick Harris Jr. did his part last Saturday at Texas’ junior day. The four-star was among six commitments from the 2021 class on campus. He spent his time … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commits Hayden Connner, Jalen Milroe hope to land Bryce Foster

If recruiting is truly about relationships, Texas hopes four-star guard Bryce Foster follows his closest football friends to Austin. The Katy Taylor product grew up playing youth football with 2021 UT commits Jalen Milroe and Hayden … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commit Jalen Milroe on meeting new assistants, Vince Young

Katy Tompkins’ Jalen Milroe is the face of Texas’ 2021 class. The four-star dual-threat quarterback pledged to the Longhorns last July and immediately became an extra recruiter for Tom Herman’s staff. He joined numerous 2021 commitments and targets on campus … Read More

The Dotted Line: Local defensive linemen Alfred Collins, Princely Umanmielen visit Texas

Local defensive linemen Alfred Collins and Princely Umanmielen are among the seven uncommitted prospects left on the updated  Fabulous 55. The duo was on campus Saturday, surrounded by dozens of top targets in the 2021 and 2022 cycles. The … Read More

The Dotted Line: One year later, grading Texas’ 2019 defensive class

Texas signed the third-ranked recruiting class in the country for the 2019 cycle, the second straight No. 3 class for head coach Tom Herman. It was headlined by 10 out-of-state pledges and a pair of five-stars. The class has already been marred by transfers, position changes … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: We’re betting on NFL underdogs in AFC, NFC championship games

A 2-2 record in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs and a miss on the national championship game meant the Corner didn’t cash for the first time since before Thanksgiving. Going 2-3 dropped us to 68-57-4 with three NFL games remaining before the … Read More

The Dotted Line: One year later, grading Texas’ 2019 offensive class

Texas signed the third-ranked recruiting class in the country for the 2019 cycle, the second straight No. 3 class for head coach Tom Herman. It was headlined by 10 out-of-state pledges and a pair of five-stars. The class has already marred … Read More

The Dotted Line: Part 2 of our fifth annual 20 for 20 signing day primer for Texas

This is the second half of the American-Statesman’s fifth annual 20 for 20 project, a Longhorns recruiting primer almost 20 days out of national signing day, which this year falls on Feb. 5. What you need to know. We published … Read More

The Dotted Line: Part 1 of our fifth annual 20 for 20 signing day primer for Texas

This is the American-Statesman’s fifth annual 20 for 20 project, a Longhorns recruiting primer almost 20 days out of national signing day, which this year falls on Feb. 5. What you need to know. Part 2 will publish on Wednesday: 1. Will Texas sign a top … Read More

The Dotted Line: The latest on the seven remaining uncommitted Fabulous 55 prospects

The impact of the early signing period in December is illustrated by the lack of uncommitted prospects remaining on the 2020 Fabulous 55. Only seven prospects remain without a school as national signing day inches is three weeks away. Most prospects elect to sign … Read More

The Dotted Line: Recruiting updates on 2021 Texas targets Savion Byrd, JoJo Earle

ORLANDO — Four-star offensive tackle Savion Byrd is among Texas’ top targets in the 2021 cycle. The Duncanville product is a high-upside athlete who spent the New Year’s holiday in Orlando participating in the Under Armour Future 50 Camp. It was a return to … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: We’re betting on Clemson, home favorites in NFL playoffs

The Corner delivered marginal winnings in the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs. We went 2-1-1 to push our year-long record to 66-53-4 record, including a 25-8-2 run since mid-November. The divisional round of the NFL and the championship game … Read More