Recruiting

20 for 20: A Texas recruiting primer, 20 days from national signing day (Part 2)

This is our second annual 20 for 20 project, a Longhorns recruiting primer aimed for 20 days out of national signing day. Here are Nos. 6-10. (Nos. 1-5 were on Monday.) 6. WHO ARE TEXAS’ TOP PLEDGES? Jean Delance, OT: He’ll have to prove it in fall camp, … Read More

20 for 20: A Texas recruiting primer, 20 days from national signing day (Part 1)

This is our second annual 20 for 20 project, a Longhorns recruiting primer 20 days out of national signing day. Here are Nos. 1-5. 1. WILL TEXAS SIGN A TOP 10 CLASS FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW? Short answer: Unlikely. The Longhorns, their class currently ranked 34th nationally, … Read More

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Texas recruiting trail: A closer look at the trenches

Offensive lineman Jean Delance’s recent commitment to Texas has pumped new life into a suddenly improved 2016 recruiting class. Delance, a North Mesquite product, joins a long list of four-star offensive linemen to join Texas in the last five years. So who were the best offensive line recruits Texas has … Read More

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VOTE: The Longhorns Stories of the Year for 2015

On Saturday, we will publish our top 10 Longhorns Stories of the Year. This week, we’re asking for you to chime with your opinion. Vote in the poll below. Steve Patterson, Shaka Smart and Jordan Spieth fill the storylines we present. If you feel we’ve missed an option, let us know … Read More

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2017 commit Sam Ehlinger named state’s 6A offensive player of the year

The Associated Press announced this morning its Class 6A all-state high school football team.  Texas commit and Westlake High quarterback Sam Ehlinger was tabbed as the team’s Offensive Player of the Year. Westlake junior QB Sam Ehlinger is the Texas APSE's Class 6A Offensive … Read More

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Mack Brown says Texas should’ve recruited Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield, the Oklahoma quarterback who starred for Lake Travis High School, has become one of the most important players in college football this season. He finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting and he’s been second-team All-American on most lists to Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. How’d he ever get … Read More

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Texas recruiting trail: Longhorns welcome recruits to campus

There are 55 days until National Signing Day on Feb. 3. The season is over for the Longhorns, but recruiting hasn’t stopped. In fact, five top recruits are scheduled to visit the 40 Acres on Dec. 11-12. Where should they eat? What should they do? They can figure … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas ‘never took off’ after big Oklahoma win

Texas is assured of a losing record for the second consecutive year, but it still knows it was good enough to beat Oklahoma. That’s Big 12 champion, headed-to-the-playoffs Oklahoma. How, we don’t exactly know. At this point, not even the Longhorns are sure how they did it even though it … Read More

At 4-7, Texas coach Charlie Strong can look ahead to 2016

Now that Texas has guaranteed a second straight losing season, what happens against No. 7 Baylor in next week’s season finale is largely irrelevant. There’s no substantive difference between a 4-8 record and 5-7 in the history books. Texas coach Charlie Strong can now begin thinking about 2016, a make-or-break … Read More

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Texas recruiting trail: 2016 commits enter next round

There are 76 days until players join Charlie Strong’s next recruiting class on national signing day, and Texas recruits have entered the postseason nationwide. Newcomers: Andrew Fitzgerald, defensive end, Flower Mound Marcus (Texas) Andrew Fitzgerald, a three-star recruit from Flower Mound Marcus, committed to Texas earlier this month. Read More

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Texas recruiting trail: 2016 commits enter postseason

There are 85 days until national signing day, and of the 10 committed football players Texas has, six are from the state of Texas. The Lone Star state is well-known for high school football and this week is one of the most exciting weeks of the season as the UIL … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Charlie Strong’s recruiting philosophy requires leap of faith

Texas coach Charlie Strong’s old-school recruiting philosophy requires a real leap of faith in today’s #lookatmeworld. Other schools gobble up commitments from high school juniors going into their senior seasons. Strong wants to see how their senior years play out. He believes some recruits are simply “making reservations” with no … Read More

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Bullard TE Major Tennison commits to Texas for 2017

Bullard’s Major Tennison, a 6-foot, 6-inch tight end, has orally committed to Texas for the 2017 recruiting class, Horns Digest reported late Wednesday. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were also pursuing the three-star athlete. Tennison becomes the third player in the 2017 class for UT coach Charlie Strong. Rivals.com considers … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Oklahoma’s Mayfield is settling down, settling scores

The platitudes about Baker Mayfield come in as big a rush as the free-wheeling Oklahoma offense. “He’s just got that look in his eye,” one Mayfield fan said. “He’s got that fire.” “He’s just a gamer,” said another admirer. And those are heart-felt testimonials from Longhorns. Texas pitcher Connor Mayes, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: More than 45 years later, it was still a ‘nice catch, Pasqually’

Don’t look for his name in the Texas record book. Randy Peschel’s name won’t be there. Most touchdown receptions in school history? Roy Williams leads with 36. Best he can remember, Peschel had one. And it wasn’t even thrown by a quarterback. It came on a split end reverse pass … Read More

Texas’ 10 most impressive freshmen — so far

As expected, Texas has relied heavily on its freshmen during a 1-2 start through non-conference play. A top-10 recruiting class, plus the redshirts who rolled over from last season, have combined for 20 starts, five touchdowns and 65 tackles. Twenty-two freshmen in all have logged game action. Entering Big 12 play against … Read More

Excitement over Jerrod Heard dampened by Texas’ run defense

Malik Jefferson feels so positive about Texas’ future, he’s unafraid to poke fun at its past. Last week, with Longhorn Network cameras rolling, the freshman linebacker said it’s time to look beyond Vince Young. It’s not that Jefferson is disrespectful. But he wonders will new players come in and make … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Sonny Dykes is Cal-smart, not Cali-crazy

Sonny Dykes was born in Midland. He played baseball at Lubbock Coronado and Texas Tech. He coached at Monahans and Richardson Pearce and Navarro. His father coached as an assistant under Darrell Royal at Texas. He lived in places like Big Spring and Alice and so many spots that, by … Read More

Charlie Strong, Texas fans expect change in home opener vs. Rice

Anybody miss Greg Davis yet? Public Enemy No. 1 among many Texas fans might be welcomed back with open arms these days. What about Bryan Harsin or Major Applewhite? Those heroes got turned into heels, too. Calling plays at Texas — or monitoring what’s said about the guy doing it … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Time for freshmen to take over Longhorns

Nationally-televised blowouts make for delectable catnip for those recruiting against Texas. Three in a row is practically a Godsend for those in Waco, Fort Worth and, of course, College Station. It doesn’t help when those wearing burnt orange lose faith. “I remember when (Notre Dame) first scored,” senior receiver Daje … Read More