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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Lil’Jordan Humphrey

Posted March 10th, 2016

Charlie Strong said it himself earlier this week: Texas needs to find more play-making wide receivers beyond sophomore-to-be John Burt. Who’ll be throwing it to them is a discussion for another day. Besides Burt, who had TD catches of 84 and 69 yards, the Horns need playmakers to emerge from the group of Armanti Foreman, Lorenzo Joe, or unproven guys like DeAndre McNeal, Dorian Leonard, Jacorey Warrick, Ryan Newsome or Roderick Bernard. Incoming freshmen like Humphrey and Collin Johnson — who’s already on campus and going through spring practices — will have opportunities.
Texas’ top wideouts
The Longhorns’ top-performing wide receivers and freshmen WRs the past three years:
2015: John Burt, 28 catches, 457 yards, 2 TDs; freshman — Burt.
2014: John Harris, 68 catches, 1,051 yards, 7 TDs; freshman — Armanti Foreman, 10 catches, 188 yards, 2 TDs
2013: Mike Davis, 51 catches, 727 yards, 8 TDs; freshman — none.
Freshmen on the field
The Longhorns played 16 freshmen in 2015, which led the nation. That included John Burt, who was one of Texas’ most dynamic playmakers. DeAndre McNeal and Ryan Newsome also got onto the field.
The last 13 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:
2016: Collin Johnson, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian (4). Johnnie Johnson’s kid, Kirk Johnson’s brother, and an intriguing 6-5, 200-pound wideout who may make a quick impact.
2016: Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, Manvel (3). Hemphill-Mapps, Jacorey Warrick’s step-brother, arrives this summer.
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, he’ll be a receiver at Texas. Was a big playmaker in high school.
2016: Davion Curtis, Temple (3). Arrives this 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.
2015: Ryan Newsome, Aledo (4). Stood out more on special teams than pass-catching (4 catches, 23 yards). Played in seven games.
2015: DeAndre McNeal, Mesquite Poteet (4). So, McNeal ended up NOT touching the ball on Texas’ first play against Notre Dame. Nor did he catch a pass all season. Played in 10 games, mostly on special teams.
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 22 career games, with six starts. In 2015, was third on the team in receiving yards (182), fourth in catches (11) and tied for first in receiving TDs (2).
2014: Lorenzo Joe, Abilene Cooper (4). After two years, we’re still wondering if Joe has a breakout season in him. He played in every game last year, but had only one start. Had four catches for 73 yards and a TD in 2015, and three catches for 36 yards in 2014.
2014: Roderick Bernard, Houston Sharpstown (3). Has primarily been a special teamer.
2014: Dorian Leonard, Longview (3). See Bernard. Ditto.
2014: Garrett Gray, Marble Falls (3). See Bernard. And Leonard. And Gray is playing tight end now, not receiver.


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