Class of 2019

Meet the Longhorns: Four-star offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd is all upside

Javonne Shepherd, offensive tackle, North Forest FYI: 6-6/346; 4 stars; No. 30-ranked offensive tackle Fabulous 55 ranking: 32 Committed: July 29 Scouting report: Potential is the buzz word for Shepherd. He’s a freakish athlete for a man well over 300 pounds. He can run around like a tight end, as … Read More

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Texas closes 2019 class with offensive lineman Javonne Shepherd

HOUSTON — Texas’ 2019 recruiting cycle officially ended Wednesday afternoon when four-star offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd signed his letter of intent at Delmar Stadium in Houston. The 6-foot-6 product of North Forest High School was the only member of Texas’ 24-man recruiting class to not sign in … Read More

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JUCO linebacker Lakia Henry signs with Ole Miss over Texas, Arkansas

Texas’ late push for top-ranked JUCO inside linebacker Lakia Henry fell short Wednesday when the Dodge City C.C. (Kans.) product signed with Mississippi. The 6-foot, 225-pound four-star prospect took an official visit to Texas on the final weekend before national signing day, but the Longhorns … Read More

Meet the Longhorns: Five-star Bru McCoy adds explosiveness in 2019 or 2020

Bru McCoy, athlete, Mater Dei (Calif.) FYI: 6-2/205; 5 stars; No. 1-ranked athlete Fabulous 55 ranking: N/A Committed: Jan. 25 Scouting report: McCoy truly is a rare talent with the potential to be a game-changer for the Longhorns. Read More

The Dotted Line: Handing out awards for Texas’ 2019 recruiting class

The 2019 class officially ends on Wednesday when a lackluster national signing day comes and goes with little fanfare or potential fireworks thanks to the early signing period in December. Texas signed 22 prospects in December and hasn’t added a single commitment since (unless the transfer of … Read More

The Dotted Line: Few Texas storylines remain heading into national signing day

College football fans used to enter national signing day drunk on excitement. It was a day equivalent to the NFL draft, offering hope and the next batch of players to cheer. The early signing period has lessened that signing day fervor to a slight buzz. Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas expects Javonne Shepherd, Lakia Henry on campus this weekend

The 2019 class wraps up next Wednesday when national signing day arrives and passes without the buzz it has produced in years past. The early signing period in December coupled with the growing amount of early enrollees and transfer portal stories have transitioned the conversation away from the … Read More

The Dotted Line: How important is four-star offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd to Texas?

Texas’ 2019 recruiting class grew to 24 members when five-star athlete Bru McCoy transferred from USC to Texas. The Longhorns signed 22 pledges in the early signing period and then McCoy in January. Tom Herman hopes the only remaining unsigned member of the class — … Read More

The Dotted Line: A closer look at the rest of the Big 12’s 2019 recruiting classes

Texas added five-star athlete Bru McCoy last week and jumped Oklahoma as the top-rated class in the Big 12 for the 2019 cycle. The Longhorns hold the third-ranked class in the country, while the Sooners hold the fifth-ranked group. It was another lackluster year of recruiting for … Read More

Commitment 101: Texas adds the No. 1 athlete in the nation in Bru McCoy

Texas set the recruiting landscape abuzz Friday afternoon when it was confirmed that five-star athlete Bru McCoy transferred to the Longhorns and plans to enroll this week. The No. 1-rated athlete in the nation signed with USC and even attended classes before entering the transfer … Read More

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Five-star athlete Bru McCoy to enroll at Texas

The recruiting world will forever remember the Bru McCoy saga. The five-star prospect from Mater Dei High School in California is the No. 1-rated athlete in the nation, specializing as a wide receiver and an outside linebacker at one of the nation’s premier prep academies. Read More

The Dotted Line: The Bru McCoy situation is the first casualty of the early signing period

The advent of the early signing period was beneficial for both players and schools. It allowed prospects to move past the recruiting pressure. It allowed programs to lock in recruits to national letters of intent and avoid babysitting pledges throughout January. But … Read More

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Five-star athlete Bru McCoy is back on the market, in transfer portal

Five-star 2019 athlete Bru McCoy signed with USC, started classes and is now in the transfer portal. The Mater Dei (Calif.) product chose the Trojans over Texas at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 5. He started classes last week. Read More

The Dotted Line: Jake Majors’ looming decision provides recruiting insight for Texas

Texas hopes to add its third member to the 2020 recruiting class later today when three-star offensive tackle Jake Majors announces his college destination. The 6-4, 285-pound product from  Prosper holds 15 offers and was a second-team all-district selection as a junior. Read More

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Fab 55 member Jalen Catalon picks Arkansas over Texas, TCU

Mansfield Legacy safety Jalen Catalon ended his recruitment Friday afternoon when he pledged to Arkansas over programs like Texas and TCU. The four-star prospect starred at quarterback and safety during his high school career, which ended prematurely after a knee injury in the first game of his … Read More

Sam Saxton following his family, heart to Texas

Family trumps nearly everything and three-star quarterback Sam Saxton grew up knowing where his family’s loyalty lies in college football. The grandson of former Longhorns great James Saxton and the son of former UT player Jimmy Saxton, Sam carved his own niche as a quarterback in the … Read More

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Texas legacy Sam Saxton to walk-on at Texas, play quarterback

Family trumps nearly everything and three-star quarterback Sam Saxton grew up knowing where his family’s loyalty lies in college football. The grandson of former Texas great James Saxton and the son of former UT player Jimmy Saxton, Sam carved his own niche as a quarterback in the Austin area. The … Read More

The Dotted Line: 20 for 20 — a Texas recruiting primer 20 days away from signing day (Part 2)

This is the second half of the American-Statesman’s fourth annual 20 for 20 project, a Longhorns recruiting primer some 20 days out of national signing day, which this year falls on Feb. 7. Nos. 1-10 of our 20 for 20 published this morning. 11. Where are the … Read More

The Dotted Line: 20 for 20 — a Texas recruiting primer 20 days away from signing day (Part 1)

This is the American-Statesman’s fourth annual 20 for 20 project, a Longhorns recruiting primer almost 20 days out of national signing day, which this year falls on Feb. 6. Nos. 11-20 of our 20 for 20 will publish today at noon. 1. Will Texas sign a top 10 class? … Read More

The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with Texas signee Caleb Johnson

Caleb Johnson was one of two JUCO defenders to sign with Texas during the early signing period. The 6-1, 215-pound product of Fullerton College was the No. 3-ranked outside linebacker from the JUCO ranks and hopes to make an immediate impact by enrolling this week. Read More