Class of 2016

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Longhorns Class of 2016, They Said It: Flower Mound Marcus DL Andrew Fitzgerald

Andrew Fitzgerald could be the “dark horse” of a very talented recruiting class, so says coach Charlie Strong, and it’s easy to see why. He’s been told many times he looks like a J.J. Watt starter kit. Fitzgerald is a towering 6-foot-5-inch, 255 pound edge rusher who was … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Breaking down Texas’ Class of 2016 (Part 3)

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s February 25th — 56 down, 311 to go. And 4 till Texas vs. Kansas, the sequel. YESTERDAY: The Texas women notched their 25th win of the season (in Lubbock). The Texas men dominated the first night of the Big 12 swimming and diving championships. Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Andrew Fitzgerald

WHAT’S FITZGERALD STEPPING INTO? Where Andrew Fitzgerald ends up on the line — maybe the strong-side rusher spot, maybe the fox position on the other end, or perhaps even defensive tackle if he puts on weight — isn’t known yet. Shiro Davis is gone, but Naashon Hughes and Charles … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Keep an eye on Marcus assistant Riley Dodge

FLOWER MOUND — Granted, he’s only 28 right now, but there will come a day when some superintendent somewhere takes a chance on hiring Riley Dodge to become a high school head coach. Leaning back into a chair inside the Flower Mound Marcus fieldhouse, Dodge looks quite comfortable having gone … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Flower Mound Marcus DE Andrew Fitzgerald

YEARBOOK: ANDREW FITZGERALD Flower Mound Marcus defensive end (6-5, 255) HOW HE GOT HERE: The coach primarily responsible for landing Fitzgerald isn’t even here anymore. It was Jay Norvell, assisted by Brick Haley, who recruited him (with a timely home, er, jewelry shop visit from … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Andrew Fitzgerald looks like a J.J. Watt starter kit

FLOWER MOUND — Bryan Fitzgerald believes in commitment. Last September marked the 30th anniversary to his wife, Cindy. He’s owned a jewelry store in the same location off Justin Road for 26 years. “I have taught all my boys that your word is invaluable,” said Fitzgerald, an honest-to-goodness optivisor-wearing craftsman … Read More

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Breakfast with Bevo: Breaking down Texas’ Class of 2016 (Part 2)

Good morning. Breakfast is served. It’s February 21st — 52 down, 314 to go. And 21 till Selection Sunday. YESTERDAY: The Texas men stumbled at home against Baylor. Texas baseball blasted UNLV, giving Augie Garrido his 800th win with the Longhorns. No. 3 Oklahoma beat No. 10 West Virginia in … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 They Said It: Aldine LB Jeffrey McCulloch

Jeffrey McCulloch committed to the Longhorns Class of 2016 on national signing day earlier this month and was a key member of the class that finished ranked around the Top 10 nationally. Here’s an interactive map of Texas’ recruiting class of 2016. Why was McCulloch’s commitment a big … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Jeffrey McCulloch

WHAT’S MCCULLOCH STEPPING INTO? Charlie Strong loves recruiting linebackers. Texas has loaded up on them since he’s arrived on campus, including four signed in 2014. Peter Jinkens is moving on, so there could be an immediate opening for an outside linebacker like McCulloch, whose pass-rushing, big-play game may pair well … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Aldine Davis OLB Jeffrey McCulloch

YEARBOOK: JEFFREY MCCULLOCH Aldine Davis outside linebacker (6-2, 234) HOW DID HE GET HERE?: Two of Texas’ big guns were responsible for McCulloch’s recruitment — defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary, who also is UT’s recruiting coordinator. Texas A&M, Michigan and Notre Dame all … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Jeffrey McCulloch likes to eat — and his mom likes to cook

HOUSTON — Reviewing the dinner presented to the Texas football coaches at their visit to the home of Aldine Davis linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch is not advised when hungry. There’s your warning. On the evening of Jan. 21, roughly two weeks before national … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Jeffrey McCulloch’s nickname fits him well

HOUSTON — At practices the day after games, Aldine Davis football players line up on the goal line and run sprints for every time one of them committed a selfish penalty the night before. Usually, they try to plead down their sentences, but no arguments were … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 They Said It: Katy RB Kyle Porter

Kyle Porter committed to Texas a day before National Signing Day earlier this month and was one of the first signs that Texas was going to have a big day to follow. Why was Porter’s commitment a big deal? Other than the fact that he rushed for 1,938 yards … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Katy RB Kyle Porter

YEARBOOK: KYLE PORTER Katy running back (5-11, 208) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Porter was recruited by two UT coaches who aren’t even there anymore — Chris Vaughn and Tommie Robinson. Picked Texas over offers from TCU, Arkansas and Oregon. He took his … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Katy’s Kyle Porter lets his game do the talking (and tweeting)

KATY — Outside of a Katy High School classroom, a student rolled into the hallway on a wheelchair and was surprised by what she saw. “What happened, Kyle?” she asked. Kyle Porter, the school’s star running back who had just signed with Texas a week … Read More

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Our Longhorns Class of 2016 project: Know your signees

Charlie Strong won’t admit to being too nervous on national signing day. The Texas coach believed in his gut. He truly felt the Longhorns would hit it big on Feb. 3. “A lot of them (recruits) were just like, ‘Hey coach, on signing day we would like to have our … Read More

Freshman Shane Buechele inserts himself into Texas QB race

Charlie Strong has done a masterful job assembling offensive talent. The Longhorns have two bruising runners, home-run threats out wide and two freshmen All-American linemen. The 2016 season, however, hinges on the quarterback. Judging from Strong’s comments on national signing day, freshman Shane Buechele will have a chance … Read More

Texas closes out 2016 recruiting class with frenzy

The morning after Alabama smacked Clemson to win the national title, Texas had just 12 commitments. On Jan. 12, UT’s class ranked 32nd nationally, a sobering eye-opener for a program coming off a 5-7 season. Instead of begging recruits to make public pronouncements for public-relations help, Charlie Strong played it … Read More

Our annual Signing Day Q&A: Manvel’s Reggie Hemphill-Mapps

MANVEL — For the past 30 months, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps has been committed to play football for Texas. OK, there was a brief breakup after Mack Brown stepped down, but for all practical purposes Hemphill-Mapps has been ticketed to Texas since August 2013 when, prior to his sophomore season, he became … Read More