Grading Texas’ 2017 recruiting class: High marks for skilled positions on offense

Texas was found wanting on national signing day. The Longhorns entered Wednesday with three priority targets yet to declare. Tom Herman’s program signed one of them — Florida wide receiver Jordan Pouncey. The disappointment on signing day was palpable. Texas fans are used to winning in February. Not in … Read More

K’Lavon Chaisson: ‘Texas did everything great…but LSU was where I was comfortable’

GALENA PARK — The mass exodus of 2017 recruits to out-of-state programs continued Wednesday when Galena Park North Shore defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson spurned Texas for LSU. The four-star prospect was the highest-rated uncommitted player from the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 — and a top priority for Tom Herman’s … Read More

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Jordan Pouncey spurns Tennessee, Miami for Texas

The search for another wide receiver in the 2017 recruiting class led out of state and ended in an upset. Tom Herman made a reputation out of upset wins and he can now count a recruiting win over the state of Florida. RELATED: Meet the new Longhorns: Jordan Pouncey, … Read More

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Star defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson picks LSU

K’Lavon Chaisson broke hearts in Austin when he committed to LSU on national signing day. Chaisson, a four-star defensive end, was the top target left in Tom Herman’s first recruiting class at Texas. The Longhorns were considered the leader until a late visit to Baton Rouge put the Tigers in … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Brenham LB Marqez Bimage will ‘meet all the measurables’

Marqez Bimage, LB, Brenham FYI: 6-3/233; No. 24-ranked inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 79-ranked player in the state. RELATED: Herman’s history with Marqez Bimage earned pledge Update: Bimage had already committed to Herman at Houston, and after Herman left UH for Texas, Bimage opened up … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Former TE Samuel Cosmi has ‘high upside’ as a college lineman

Samuel Cosmi, OT, Humble Atascocita FYI: 6-5/260; the No. 104-ranked offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 148-ranked player in Texas. Update: Texas wanted a second offensive lineman to add to this class, so the coaching staff targeted a familiar name. Cosmi was committed to Houston up until … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: WR Damion Miller’s ‘explosiveness’ can impact UT

Damion Miller, WR, John Tyler FYI: 6-1/193; No. 152nd-ranked overall prospect and No. 44-ranked wide receiver. Ranked No. 24 on the Fab 55. RELATED: The American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 Update: Miller’s combination of athleticism and technique makes him a candidate to earn snaps as a freshman. A … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: JUCO LB Gary Johnson could become an instant starter

Gary Johnson, LB, Dodge City (Kan.) C.C. FYI: 6-1/225; No. 5-ranked overall JUCO prospect and the No. 1-ranked JUCO linebacker. RELATED: Longhorn recruit Gary Johnson talks about new team Update: Johnson is one of Texas’ most important signings for the 2017 class. The top-rated junior college … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Hooks’ Montrell Estell ‘a freak athlete we want on our team’

Montrell Estell, ATH, Hooks FYI: 6-2/180; No. 253rd-ranked overall prospect and the No. 11-ranked athlete. Ranked No. 40 on the Fab 55. RELATED: The American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 Update: Estell is an interesting prospect because of his versatility. Most schools recruited him as a wide receiver, but he chose … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: DE Taquon Graham’s motor ‘will give him an advantage early on’

Taquon Graham, DE, Temple FYI: 6-3/255; No. 199th-ranked overall prospect and the No. 15-ranked defensive end. Ranked No. 26 on the Fab 55. RELATED: Family atmosphere secured Taquon Graham’s commitment Update: Texas held off a late surge from Oklahoma to secure Graham’s signature. A big defensive … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: SA Reagan lineman Derek Kerstetter will bolster interior line

Derek Kerstetter, OL, San Antonio Reagan FYI: 6-4/299; No. 27-ranked guard in the nation and the No. 81-ranked player in the state. RELATED: Tackle or guard? Derek Kerstetter says he’s fine playing either Update: A one-time Oklahoma State pledge, Kerstetter flipped to Texas shortly after getting an offer … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: RB Daniel Young an ‘aggressive runner’

Daniel Young, RB, Spring Westfield FYI: 6-0/210; the No. 35-ranked running back in the nation and No. 126-ranked player in the state. RELATED: Daniel Young ready to join familiar faces at Texas Update: Young’s familiarity with this Texas staff extends back years. He was once coached … Read More

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Longhorn target, four-star offensive tackle Stephan Zabie signs with UCLA

Stephan Zabie is on the move. Despite a late offer from Texas, the four-star product chose to play in Los Angeles when he picked UCLA as his college destination on national signing day. He announced on ESPN alongside teammate Levi Jones. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle oozes with potential despite … Read More

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Breaking: Longhorns add surprise with JUCO defensive lineman

The Longhorns added a junior college defensive lineman to the 2017 class Wednesday with a late offer. Recruiting never ends, and Tom Herman proved that by extending an offer to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s defensive tackle Jamari Chisholm late Tuesday night. Chisholm was committed by the morning. Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Nacogdoches’ Josh Thompson ‘not afraid to fail’ as a cornerback

Josh Thompson, CB, Nacogdoches FYI: 6-0/182; No. 302nd-ranked overall prospect and the No. 35-ranked cornerback. Ranked No. 50 on the Fab 55. RELATED: The American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 Update: Another holdover from the class that Charlie Strong was building at Texas, Thompson is an underrated cornerback with … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Lake Dallas DB Kobe Boyce ‘attacks the ball in the air’

Kobe Boyce, CB, Lake Dallas FYI: 6-0/163; No. 561-ranked overall prospect and the No. 55-ranked cornerback. RELATED: 2017 CB Kobe Boyce commits to Texas Update: Boyce is built similarly to the cornerbacks that are currently on campus. He and Josh Thompson, another cornerback commitment … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Max Cummins ‘beat the system’ to make it to the 40 Acres

Max Cummins, DE, Fort Worth All-Saints Episcopal FYI: 6-6/255; the No. 70-ranked defensive end in the nation and the No. 190-ranked player in the state. RELATED: Signing Day Q&A: Fort Worth All-Saints’ Max Cummins Update: Most prospects need convincing to commit to a school. All Cummins required … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Can TE Reese Leitao’s basketball athleticism translate to football?

Reese Leitao, TE, Jenks (Okla.) FYI: 6-4/234; No. 28th-ranked tight end in the nation and the No. 12-ranked player in Oklahoma. RELATED: Reese Leitao flips commitment to Texas from Nebraska Update: One of the first positions Herman prioritized for the 2017 class after taking over at Texas was … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Cade Brewer will ‘fit in real nice with Tom Herman’s offense’

Cade Brewer, TE, Lake Travis FYI: 6-3/223; No. 46-ranked tight end in the nation and No. 133-ranked player in the state. RELATED: Spring collision charted course for Cade Brewer Update: Brewer became part of Texas’ plans when Herman took over the program. The need for tight ends was … Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: In RB Toneil Carter, Georgia’s loss was Texas’ gain

Toneil Carter, RB, Houston Langham Creek FYI: 5-10/197, No. 158th-ranked overall prospect and the No. 9-ranked running back. Ranked No. 20 on the Fab 55. RELATED: Toneil Carter showcases talents at UA All-American Game Update: Carter took an interesting path to Texas. He committed to Georgia … Read More