Class of 2016

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Gerald Wilbon

WHAT’S WILBON STEPPING INTO? It’s a good year to be a freshman defensive tackle, even if Texas did sign five of them — defensive coordinator Vance Bedford has already said that if you’re a 300-pound defensive lineman, you should expect to see the field this fall. Wilbon (6-2/327), Euless Trinity’s … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Destrehan’s Gerald Wilbon

YEARBOOK: GERALD WILBON Destrehan (La.) defensive tackle (6-2, 327) HOW HE GOT HERE: Like the three other Louisianans in this class, Texas defensive line coach Brick Haley — a former LSU assistant — was a real key in landing Wilbon. Texas A&M and LSU also wanted him. Texas … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Gerald Wilbon has always been a big boy, and Texas couldn’t be happier

DESTREHAN, La. — One day maybe 10 years ago, Roxanne Wilbon dropped off her only son at football practice and within minutes was told to take him home. Gerald Wilbon had been banned by the St. Charles Parish parks and recreation department. The reason? … Read More

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They said it Class of 2016: Slidell St. Augustine’s D’Andre Christmas-Giles

Christmas is coming in July. Well, D’Andre Christmas-Giles is coming in July and Texas football coaches should be excited for 6-foot-2-inch, 292 pound defensive tackle who will join a large crop of defensive tackles in the 2016 class. Here’s what people are saying about Christmas-Giles. Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Tope Imade

WHAT’S IMADE STEPPING INTO? Texas has a new position coach (goodbye, Joe Wickline; hello, Matt Mattox), but holes to fill beyond incumbent starter Patrick Vahe, who had a strong freshman year at right guard. There was initial talk that maybe Vahe would be moved to center — his high school … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Arlington Bowie’s Tope Imade

YEARBOOK: TOPE IMADE Arlington Bowie guard (6-4, 322) HOW HE GOT HERE: Imade largely was Joe Wickline’s get; it was his visit to Arlington last May that sealed the deal — Imade committed five days later. He had 19 offers in all, including Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Raw strength, talent lured coaches to Tope Imade

ARLINGTON — YouTube gives us unlimited cat videos, cooking demonstrations, police chases and “Gangnam Style.” All it takes is 20 seconds, and you can become a social media sensation, too. Last March, Arlington Bowie players were toiling in the weight room when the biggest athlete in school walked up to … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: D’Andre Christmas-Giles

WHAT’S CHRISTMAS-GILES STEPPING INTO? There definitely is first-year opportunity at defensive tackle, though Christmas-Giles has two higher-rated signees (Jordan Elliott and Chris Daniels) to contend with this fall. Hassan Ridgeway and Desmond Jackson have left, leaving Poona Ford as Texas’ top tackle. But remember, the Horns like to rotate those … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: New Orleans St. Augustine’s D’Andre Christmas-Giles

YEARBOOK: D’ANDRE CHRISTMAS-GILES New Orleans St. Augustine defensive tackle (6-2/292) HOW HE GOT HERE: Christmas-Giles announced he’d sign with Texas the night before national signing day, choosing the Longhorns over LSU and TCU. Recruited by Brick Haley, a former assistant at LSU, Texas stayed with him even after he … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: D’Andre Christmas-Giles hopes to bring answers to Texas defense

NEW ORLEANS — Those who know him say D’Andre Christmas-Giles has always looked advanced for his age. In the seventh grade, he began shaving. Within two years, he could grow a full beard. Yet, if you strip away the robust mustache he now keeps, you’re left … Read More

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They said it Class of 2016: Brother Martin tight end Peyton Aucoin

Peyton Aucoin is a 6-foot-5-inch tight end who was once threatened to be ejected from a game because he was being “too physical.” Welcome to Texas, Peyton! Here are what people are saying about Peyton Aucoin: First letter in today. LA TE Peyton … Read More

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Class of 2016 Yearbook: New Orleans Brother Martin’s Peyton Aucoin

YEARBOOK: PEYTON AUCOIN New Orleans Brother Martin tight end (6-5, 240) HOW HE GOT HERE: Texas wanted him to be part of a package deal — the Longhorns also wanted to sign fellow Brother Martin tight end Irvin Smith, who decommitted from Texas A&M and signed with Alabama. Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Peyton Aucoin is no chicken when it comes to blocking

NEW ORLEANS — Texas’ new tight end concluded his high school career with exactly two pass receptions. Feel OK about that? Peyton Aucoin once was threatened with an ejection for — get this — being too aggressive. Feel better now? … Read More

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They said it Class of 2016: Lewisville offensive lineman Denzel Okafor

Denzel Okafor is a 4-star offensive guard who was the 13-rated player in the country at his position and the 45-rated player in Texas, per 247Sports. At 6-foot-4-inches and 295 pounds, Okafor is another sign that the Longhorns continue to make the offensive line a recruiting priority. Here’s … Read More

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Class of 2016 Yearbook: Lewisville’s Denzel Okafor

YEARBOOK: DENZEL OKAFOR Lewisville offensive guard (6-4, 295) HOW HE GOT HERE: Former receivers coach/playcaller Jay Norvell was key, and he got help from both offensive line coaches Joe Wickline and Matt Mattox. The rest of the Big 12 recruited him early, but since last summer Okafor was trending … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Lewisville guard Denzel Okafor hopes to put defenders on ice

LEWISVILLE — Bahama Bucks bills itself as the “Original Shaved Ice Company.” The place offers some tricked-out flavorings like Hurricane Daiquiri, Wedding Cake and something called Tiger’s Blood. Ewww. They have vanilla, too. “It’s kind of like Starbucks in a way, except we’re known for our snow cones,” said Denzel … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Baton Rouge’s Malcolm Roach

YEARBOOK: MALCOLM ROACH Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Prep outside linebacker (6-3, 257) HOW HE GOT HERE: Roach, who was recruited by defensive line coach Brick Haley, ended up picking Texas and not his hometown LSU, which chose not to pursue him. He committed to the Longhorns last November, the day … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Malcolm Roach likes to build things from scratch

BATON ROUGE, La. — Madison Prep football coach Mike Roach grew up poor and didn’t venture much beyond Baton Rouge’s borders, so he decided that once he had the means to do so, he’d raise his kids to be globetrotters. His second son, Malcolm, a high … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Chris Brown

WHAT’S BROWN STEPPING INTO? Texas does return two starters at safety in Jason Hall and Dylan Haines, and the Longhorns also signed Nacogdoches’ Brandon Jones, who was rated the No. 1 safety in the country. Still, the Longhorns won’t shy away from playing freshmen — four true freshmen and a … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Alief Elsik’s Chris Brown

YEARBOOK: CHRIS BROWN Alief Elsik safety (5-10, 199) HOW HE GOT HERE: Brown’s recruitment was all Chris Vaughn, the former defensive backs coach who’s no longer at Texas. The official scholarship offer came last June, one month before Brown came to Austin for Texas’ summer camp in mid-July. He was … Read More