Longhorns Class of 2016: Marcel Southall brings pride back to ‘City of Champions’

DUNCANVILLE — The fire-breathing, whistle-blowing Bob Alpert wouldn’t recognize the City of Champions these days. Alpert’s Duncanville Panthers have slipped into Metroplex mediocrity, posting 3-7 records three times in the last four years. This place was a powerhouse at the turn of the century, a town so proud of its … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Gerald Wilbon

WHAT’S WILBON STEPPING INTO? It’s a good year to be a freshman defensive tackle, even if Texas did sign five of them — defensive coordinator Vance Bedford has already said that if you’re a 300-pound defensive lineman, you should expect to see the field this fall. Wilbon (6-2/327), Euless Trinity’s … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Destrehan’s Gerald Wilbon

YEARBOOK: GERALD WILBON Destrehan (La.) defensive tackle (6-2, 327) HOW HE GOT HERE: Like the three other Louisianans in this class, Texas defensive line coach Brick Haley — a former LSU assistant — was a real key in landing Wilbon. Texas A&M and LSU also wanted him. Texas … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Gerald Wilbon has always been a big boy, and Texas couldn’t be happier

DESTREHAN, La. — One day maybe 10 years ago, Roxanne Wilbon dropped off her only son at football practice and within minutes was told to take him home. Gerald Wilbon had been banned by the St. Charles Parish parks and recreation department. The reason? … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Tope Imade

WHAT’S IMADE STEPPING INTO? Texas has a new position coach (goodbye, Joe Wickline; hello, Matt Mattox), but holes to fill beyond incumbent starter Patrick Vahe, who had a strong freshman year at right guard. There was initial talk that maybe Vahe would be moved to center — his high school … Read More

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2017 CB Kobe Boyce commits to Texas

Lake Dallas cornerback Kobe Boyce committed to Texas on Sunday, becoming the fifth player to join the Longhorns’ 2017 class. Boyce is a three-star prospect and the nation’s No. 73 cornerback, according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. Though his ranking may be underwhelming, Boyce’s skills attracted offers from several major programs … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Arlington Bowie’s Tope Imade

YEARBOOK: TOPE IMADE Arlington Bowie guard (6-4, 322) HOW HE GOT HERE: Imade largely was Joe Wickline’s get; it was his visit to Arlington last May that sealed the deal — Imade committed five days later. He had 19 offers in all, including Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: D’Andre Christmas-Giles

WHAT’S CHRISTMAS-GILES STEPPING INTO? There definitely is first-year opportunity at defensive tackle, though Christmas-Giles has two higher-rated signees (Jordan Elliott and Chris Daniels) to contend with this fall. Hassan Ridgeway and Desmond Jackson have left, leaving Poona Ford as Texas’ top tackle. But remember, the Horns like to rotate those … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: New Orleans St. Augustine’s D’Andre Christmas-Giles

YEARBOOK: D’ANDRE CHRISTMAS-GILES New Orleans St. Augustine defensive tackle (6-2/292) HOW HE GOT HERE: Christmas-Giles announced he’d sign with Texas the night before national signing day, choosing the Longhorns over LSU and TCU. Recruited by Brick Haley, a former assistant at LSU, Texas stayed with him even after he … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: D’Andre Christmas-Giles hopes to bring answers to Texas defense

NEW ORLEANS — Those who know him say D’Andre Christmas-Giles has always looked advanced for his age. In the seventh grade, he began shaving. Within two years, he could grow a full beard. Yet, if you strip away the robust mustache he now keeps, you’re left … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016, Destination Texas: Peyton Aucoin

WHAT’S AUCOIN STEPPING INTO? Depends on whether he’ll be the latest tight end asked to block and help power Texas’ running game or whether he’ll become an actual passing threat at the position that we haven’t seen since, well, awhile. He definitely was the former, not the latter, in high … Read More

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Class of 2016 Yearbook: New Orleans Brother Martin’s Peyton Aucoin

YEARBOOK: PEYTON AUCOIN New Orleans Brother Martin tight end (6-5, 240) HOW HE GOT HERE: Texas wanted him to be part of a package deal — the Longhorns also wanted to sign fellow Brother Martin tight end Irvin Smith, who decommitted from Texas A&M and signed with Alabama. Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Peyton Aucoin is no chicken when it comes to blocking

NEW ORLEANS — Texas’ new tight end concluded his high school career with exactly two pass receptions. Feel OK about that? Peyton Aucoin once was threatened with an ejection for — get this — being too aggressive. Feel better now? … Read More

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Class of 2016 Yearbook: Lewisville’s Denzel Okafor

YEARBOOK: DENZEL OKAFOR Lewisville offensive guard (6-4, 295) HOW HE GOT HERE: Former receivers coach/playcaller Jay Norvell was key, and he got help from both offensive line coaches Joe Wickline and Matt Mattox. The rest of the Big 12 recruited him early, but since last summer Okafor was trending … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Lewisville guard Denzel Okafor hopes to put defenders on ice

LEWISVILLE — Bahama Bucks bills itself as the “Original Shaved Ice Company.” The place offers some tricked-out flavorings like Hurricane Daiquiri, Wedding Cake and something called Tiger’s Blood. Ewww. They have vanilla, too. “It’s kind of like Starbucks in a way, except we’re known for our snow cones,” said Denzel … Read More

Addressing faculty, Texas coach Charlie Strong bubbles with confidence

Texas coach Charlie Strong spent the first day after spring break talking to the university faculty council inside the Main Building. His confident tone Monday was striking. Strong touched on several program cornerstones, including the importance of academics and his appreciation of UT faculty members. The coach made it clear … Read More

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Texas recruiting trail: What Shaka and the Horns do next

We gave the Longhorns the weekend to process that Northern Iowa shot. We’ll give them this sentence to take a deep breath, process what happen, process what Northern Iowa did against Texas A&M. Deep breath. And… It’s time to talk about next year! After a positive first season … Read More

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They said it Class of 2016: Malcolm Roach, Madison Preparatory Academy, Baton Rouge, La.

Malcolm Roach is headed to Texas after an amazing senior season. How amazing? This amazing: 143 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 26.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions (he’s a defensive tackle), five pass breakups, 20 hurries and two blocked punts. Here’s what people are saying about Roach: … Read More

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Longhorns Class of 2016 Yearbook: Baton Rouge’s Malcolm Roach

YEARBOOK: MALCOLM ROACH Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Prep outside linebacker (6-3, 257) HOW HE GOT HERE: Roach, who was recruited by defensive line coach Brick Haley, ended up picking Texas and not his hometown LSU, which chose not to pursue him. He committed to the Longhorns last November, the day … Read More

Longhorns Class of 2016: Malcolm Roach likes to build things from scratch

BATON ROUGE, La. — Madison Prep football coach Mike Roach grew up poor and didn’t venture much beyond Baton Rouge’s borders, so he decided that once he had the means to do so, he’d raise his kids to be globetrotters. His second son, Malcolm, a high … Read More