Class of 2017

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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

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Meet the new Longhorns: JUCO kicker Josh Rowland should be reliable for Texas

Josh Rowland, K, Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. (Miss.) FYI: 5-10/185; the No. 1 ranked JUCO kicker in the country. RELATED: Tom Herman lands junior college kicker Joshua Rowland Update: Texas fans understand the value of having a reliable kicker. Rowland hopes to help Texas improve on special teams. Read More

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Meet the new Longhorns: Can ‘bell cow’ quarterback Sam Ehlinger start now?

Sam Ehlinger, QB, Austin Westlake FYI: 6-1/215; No. 119-ranked overall prospect and No. 4-ranked dual-threat quarterback. Ranked No. 14 on the Fab 55. RELATED: Sam Ehlinger ready to start new chapter: ‘The future is big’ Update: Ehlinger became a household name in recruiting circles in the summer of … Read More

The 2017 national signing day guide: What’s in it for Texas?

It’s here. The wait is over. National signing day is Wednesday and there are plenty of stories to watch. What’s in it for Texas? The Big Three: Texas is anxiously awaiting the decisions of three players. Westlake offensive lineman Stephan Zabie, Galena Park North Shore defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson and … Read More

Where’s the buzz? Tom Herman faced challenges in his first Texas class

If it doesn’t feel like the Longhorns have any buzz going into national signing day, well, look at the situation that Texas coach Tom Herman inherited two months ago. When Herman took over for Charlie Strong on Nov. 26, there were seven players committed for … Read More

Texas’ recruiting wish list narrows to three with national signing day looming

National signing day is knocking on the door. The bulk of the work for Texas is over. The Longhorns hold 15 commitments and expect to add a few more before closing the class. The class ranks No. 28 in the country and No. 2 in the Big 12, per 247Sports’ … Read More

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Texas flips offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi

Texas used a late offer to secure the services of offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi. The Atascocita offensive lineman flipped to Texas from Houston Monday after visiting Texas on the last weekend before national signing day. He’ll sign to be a Longhorn on Feb. 1, less than one week removed from … Read More

Our sixth annual Signing Day Q&A: Fort Worth All-Saints’ Max Cummins

FORT WORTH — Texas fans are well versed in Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s story. Same goes for Lake Travis tight end Cade Brewer and long-time UT commitment Montrell Estell, the flashy receiver from Hooks. Max Cummins’ school, vitals and backstory probably won’t roll off many tongues. Read More

Texas set to host three official visitors in final weekend before signing day

It’s the last weekend for universities across the nation to host official visits. Texas did most of its work over the past two weekends, hosting more than 20 top prospects for the 2017 class. There is still work to do and the Longhorns plan on closing this cycle with a … Read More

Lake Travis tight end Cade Brewer talks about his ‘hard to pass’ offer from Texas

Cade Brewer had a decision to make. Tom Herman had taken the Texas coaching job and offered Brewer, who had been committed to SMU since April 2016. When he was at Houston, Herman had recruited the Lake Travis tight end, but never offered. Now an offer was being extended from … Read More

Adversity shaped Stephan Zabie’s career, but ‘it’s crazy how good he got’

Westlake hosted Southlake Carroll to open the 2015 season. It was an important game for many reasons. Westlake head coach Todd Dodge once coached Southlake Carroll to state championships. It was Dodge’s turn to lead Westlake back to the same heights. Doing so required talented players, and Dodge finally had … Read More

Texas’ final recruiting wish list for 2017: Guidry, Zabie offer local flavor

Eight days separate Tom Herman from signing his first recruiting class as head coach of the University of Texas. The Longhorns hold 15 commitments – bolstered by JUCO linebacker Gary Johnson’s pledge Friday. Texas’ 2017 recruiting class ranks 26th in the nation and 2nd in the Big 12. Herman’s staff … Read More

Texas, wanting another wide receiver, has limited options for 2017 class

Texas wants a second wide receiver — Damion Miller is the only commitment in the 2017 class. Tom Herman is after a second, and maybe even a third, pledge before national signing day. Texas took a hit when Lancaster speedster Omar Manning reaffirmed his commitment to TCU and … Read More

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Top JUCO linebacker Gary Johnson chooses Texas

The Longhorns’ 2017 recruiting class grew to 15 members when Dodge City C.C. linebacker Gary Johnson chose Texas over programs like Oregon and USC. The 6-foot-1 linebacker was once an Alabama commit, but an SEC rule made him an ineligible transfer. That ruling benefits Tom Herman, who lands a … Read More

Texas hosts second week of visits, including crown jewel K’Lavon Chaisson

Texas hosts its second of three important official visits starting Friday, a group that’s expected to include 10 players, five of which are already committed to the Longhorns. Texas didn’t add commitments after last week’s official visits, but Tom Herman’s program is in good shape with multiple targets planning to … Read More

‘I’m a Texas Longhorn.’ Defensive lineman Max Cummins pounces on UT’s offer

“I’m a Texas Longhorn.” In a recruiting world filled with gray, Max Cummins’ commitment came as a surprising case of black and white. It even caught Texas assistant coach Oscar Giles off guard. “Coach Giles came to my house Tuesday night and basically started selling me on the program. I … Read More

Sam Ehlinger is ready to start a new chapter at Texas: ‘The future is big’

A quarterback gets called into the coach’s office. It happens to high school athletes all the time. This call was different. Tom Herman, newly named as Texas’ head coach, was on one end of the phone. Westlake quarterback and Longhorns recruit Sam Ehlinger was on the other end. “It was … Read More

Herman’s history with Marqez Bimage earned Texas the linebacker’s pledge

Tom Herman took the Texas job in late November, giving him only about two months to finalize the Longhorns’ 2017 recruiting class. One of his first moves was to instruct his staff to contact Marqez Bimage, the Brenham linebacker whom Herman, while still at Houston, offered in November 2015. Bimage … Read More