Class of 2017

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

Quiet day for Texans at Army All-American Bowl

SAN ANTONIO – It was a quiet day for Texas players Saturday despite accounting for more than 10 percent of the Army All-American Bowl roster. The Lone Star state was represented by 12 players — all on the West team, which lost to the East 27-17. TCU commitment Omar Manning … Read More

Tackle or guard? Derek Kerstetter says he’s fine playing either for Texas

SAN ANTONIO — Football success begins with a quality offensive line. Texas’ recent glory years were built around quality quarterbacks like Vince Young and Colt McCoy, sure, but those teams also possessed a physical and talented group of big guys in the trenches. Tom Herman has inherited quite a bit … Read More

Versatility leads Baron Browning to No. 1 in Statesman’s Fab 55

SAN ANTONIO — Baron Browning didn’t see it as a choice. Kennedale needed him to play cornerback, so the Ohio State commitment played cornerback, even though he’s a linebacker by trade. That versatility made him the choice for the No. 1 player in the American-Statesman’s recently updated Fabulous 55 list … Read More

Manning, Calvin remain on Texas’ recruiting wishlist for receivers

SAN ANTONIO — It’s no secret that Texas wants at least one more wide receiver for the 2017 class, and two of the main targets are taking part in this week’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio —  Lancaster’s Omar Manning, who’s currently pledged to TCU, and … Read More

Breaking down Texas’ recruiting needs: Defense

Tom Herman inherits a Texas roster full of potential. With around 65 scholarship players expected to return for the 2017 season, the Longhorns’ new head coach won’t have massive numbers to operate with in his first official cycle in recruiting. His first job is to recruit the players that are … Read More

Breaking down Texas’ recruiting needs: Offense

Tom Herman inherits a Texas roster full of potential. With around 65 scholarship players expected to return for the 2017 season, the Longhorns’ new head coach won’t have massive numbers to operate with in his first official cycle in recruiting. His first job is to recruit the players that are … Read More

Tom Herman’s first recruiting pitch wasn’t to an athlete, but to the state’s coaches

Perhaps Tom Herman will get to Alaska and Hawaii one day. Herman, speaking to the media in his first public remarks as Texas’ new coach on Sunday, estimated that he has recruited 48 states over his 19 years as a college coach. He’s never been to Alaska and he’s never … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Westlake’s Sam Ehlinger hurt but ‘probably’ won’t need surgery

Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who led the Chaparrals to an upset of defending Class 6A Division II state champion Katy in Friday night’s season-opener, told the American-Statesman that he injured both knees in the game but will keep playing and “probably” will not need surgery. Early Saturday night, … Read More

Bevo Beat

Top safety in Texas leaves Longhorns off Top 6

The No. 5 rated player in the Austin American-Statesman’s Fab 55 list will likely not be staying in the state of Texas. Jeffery Okudah of South Grand Prairie High School cut his list on Monday, and the University of Texas, or any program in Texas, didn’t make his … Read More

The Opening: Lewisville’s Tyrell Shavers is a big man with a small number

BEAVERTON, Ore. — As football trends go, the younger generation of wide receivers is turning away from traditional wide receiver numbers. Consider that none of the 27 receivers at The Opening this week are wearing a jersey in the 80s. In fact, the only skill-position players with digits … Read More

Charlie Strong’s first satellite camp light on star power

KLEIN — Roughly 130 high school football players turned out to Charlie Strong’s first ever satellite camp on Thursday. Of that bunch, probably zero will end up becoming Longhorns. The stars were not out in the Houston area, as Strong and his Texas staff were treated to a garden variety of prospects. Read More

Bevo Beat

Who are Texas’ football recruiting targets for 2017?

Charlie Strong added one more commitment to his Class of 2017 with Friday’s pledge of athlete Montrel Estell, but he and his staff are far away from finishing the work for next year’s class. And, remember how last year’s class closed out? Seven signings in the ESPN Top … Read More

Bevo Beat

The Austin American-Statesman’s 2017 Fab 55: The complete list

Over Thursday and Friday, the American-Statesman will unveil its initial Fabulous 55 of the state’s top football recruits in the class of 2017. It’ll be broken into five parts — 55-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11 and … Read More