Class of 2017

The Dotted Line: Five Tom Herman-era recruiting wins Texas fans should be thankful for

Texas fans won’t believe this, but there was a time under Tom Herman that the Longhorns won recruiting battles against rivals. The 2021 cycle hasn’t been a great one for Herman and the Longhorns. The class ranks 18th in the nation, which would be … Read More

The Dotted Line: The great, good, bad and incompletes — a look back at Texas’ 2017 recruiting class

Texas’ 2017 recruiting class was the first group to sign with newly-hired head coach Tom Herman, though most of the class was put together by Charlie Strong. It was the lowest-ranked Longhorns class in recent memory — 25th in the nation and second in the Big 12. Read More

The Dotted Line: A look back at Texas’ top-rated recruits from each class this decade

The headliner of each recruiting class helps determine its national perception. A quick look at the top-rated player from each of Texas’ classes this decade show an inconsistent pattern seen throughout recruiting and in the NFL draft. Scouting is an inexact science for recruiting sites … Read More

The Dotted Line: How have Texas’ defensive starters lived up to their recruiting rankings?

Texas’ season begins at home against Louisiana Tech on Saturday night. The initial depth chart was released Monday, and while the starting spots at certain positions are fluid, the depth chart provided fans a glimpse of the key members of this year’s team. Let’s take a look … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas’ 2017 class proves recruiting rankings don’t always matter

Texas’ 2017 recruiting class wasn’t met with the same expectations and excitement normally associated with the Longhorns on national signing day. Tom Herman was just months into his new gig as head football coach and Texas failed to close with elite targets like … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas’ 2017 recruiting class is readying to change past narrative

Stay updated on latest Texas Longhorns recruiting news brought to you by Longhorns recruiting beat writer Mike Craven of The Dotted Line will publish M-F at 10 a.m. each morning to provide Texas fans with an in-depth look at the latest for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Leitao decision signifies change in Texas football philosophy

Reese Leitao deserves a second chance. But not at Texas. When the Jenks tight end got caught with 20 Xanax pills and $1,300 in cash and, according to the arrest affidavit, admitted to selling drugs, he would have forfeited any chance to play for me had I been the University … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Humble Atascocita lineman Samuel Cosmi

CLASS OF 2017: SAMUEL COSMI Humble Atascocita, offensive lineman (6-6, 279) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Like fellow Texas signees Marqez Bimage and Daniel Young, Cosmi originally committed to Tom Herman’s Houston Cougars last June. But he became a Longhorn in quick fashion — Texas offered … Read More

Class of 2017: Samuel Cosmi’s journey from Houston to Texas fulfills a dream

HUMBLE — In her home, Rodica Cosmi keeps what can best be described as a dream board. On the board, she has kept reminders of her dreams for her three children and husband. Her dreams for Samuel Cosmi, her only son, range from the customary (become a great man) to the … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Nacogdoches’ Josh Thompson

RECENT HISTORY: CORNERBACKS Texas’ top CBs The Longhorns’ top-performing cornerbacks and freshmen CBs over the past four years: 2013: The top corner — Quandre Diggs, 58 tackles, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups; top freshman — Bryson Echols, 11 tackles 2014: The top corner — Quandre Diggs, 73 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Nacogdoches cornerback Josh Thompson

CLASS OF 2017: JOSH THOMPSON Nacogdoches, cornerback (5-11, 192) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Late May of 2016 brought a stream of offers — in one four-day span he was offered by Houston, Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas State, Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State. He committed to TCU in … Read More

Class of 2017: Josh Thompson is eating broccoli, biding time, waiting to join Texas

NACOGDOCHES — Eating right can be a real drag, especially in a college town where there’s a fast food joint on every block. Josh Thompson has it easy now. Wait until he gets to Texas and there’s a heapin’ helping of everything. Just what every growing … Read More

Texas coach Tom Herman is weighing the final decision on tight end Reese Leitao

Texas signee Reese Leitao pled guilty to misdemeanor drug possession on Tuesday and will receive a four-year deferred sentence as part of his agreement with Tulsa County prosecutors. If Leitao stays out of trouble for four years, his attorney said, his record will be wiped clean … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Temple’s Ta’Quon Graham

RECENT HISTORY: DEFENSIVE ENDS Texas’ top ends The Longhorns’ top-performing defensive ends and freshmen DEs over the past four years: 2013: The top end — Jackson Jeffcoat, 86 tackles, 22 TFL, 13 sacks, 19 hurries; top freshman — Bryce Cottrell, 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 hurry 2014: The top … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Temple defensive end Ta’Quon Graham

CLASS OF 2017: TA’QUON GRAHAM Temple defensive end, (6-3, 266) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Graham committed to Texas last September — the day after the Longhorns’ season-opening win over Notre Dame — and he signed with Texas on Feb. 1. But in between there was plenty of recruiting drama. Read More

Class of 2017: Temple’s Ta’Quon Graham looks to cash in on Texas’ defense

TEMPLE — If you’re ever short on cash at Royal-Memorial Stadium, maybe Ta’Quon Graham can help you out. Graham, the Temple defensive end who signed with Texas in February, played his high school games with money in his socks. It’s a superstition that traces back to … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Brenham’s Marqez Bimage

RECENT HISTORY: LINEBACKERS Texas’ top ‘backers The Longhorns’ leading linebackers and freshmen linebackers the past four years: 2013: The top linebacker — Peter Jinkens, 49 tackles, 2 TFL; top freshman — Tim Cole, 10 tackles, 1 hurry 2014: The top linebacker — Jordan Hicks, 147 tackles, 3.5 … Read More

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Brenham linebacker Marqez Bimage

CLASS OF 2017: MARQEZ BIMAGE Brenham, linebacker (6-2, 242) HOW DID HE GET HERE? Like fellow 2017ers Daniel Young and Samuel Cosmi, Bimage started out as a Houston pledge but flipped to Texas when Tom Herman was hired in late November. The Longhorns offered him about two weeks … Read More

Class of 2017: Marqez Bimage is the latest stop on the Brenham-to-Texas pipeline

BRENHAM — Every few years, the town of Brenham seemingly sends one of its Cubs on a 90-mile journey to Royal-Memorial Stadium. Five years ago, Brenham defensive tackle Malcom Brown and linebacker Timothy Cole traded their Blue Bell for burnt-orange jerseys. Luke Poehlmann and Ryan Roberson followed that path paved on … Read More

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Class of 2017: Destination Texas — Spring Westfield’s Daniel Young

RECENT HISTORY: RUNNING BACKS Texas’ top rushers The Longhorns’ leading rushers and freshmen rushers the past four years: 2013: The top running back — Malcolm Brown, 214-904-9; top freshman — Jalen Overstreet, 20-102-2 2014: The top running back — Malcolm Brown, 183-608-6; top freshman — Foreman, 15-73-0 2015: The top … Read More