Recruiting

Commitment 101: Juwan Mitchell provides Texas instant depth at inside linebacker

The lack of depth at linebacker became obvious when true freshman De’Gabriel Floyd was ruled out for the season with stenosis, a narrowing of the spine. Texas was without its departed starting linebackers from 2018. The Longhorns needed a prospect to replace Floyd and it … Read More

Bevo Beat

Longhorns add instant help at linebacker with Juwan Mitchell

It’s no secret that the linebacker position at Texas is thin heading into the 2019 season. The Longhorns lost both inside linebackers to graduation, and that was followed by the season ending injury to true freshman linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando needed another body at … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas squarely in mix for uncommitted members of the Fabulous 55

Earlier in the week, we took a closer look at the predicted destinations of the 10 best uncommitted prospects in Texas. The Longhorns’ recruiting momentum slowed to a crawl in April, but that doesn’t mean Tom Herman’s crew won’t sign another nationally recognized class with the likes of Zachary Evans, … Read More

The Dotted Line: Four-star Kitan Crawford earned his coach’s respect, jersey number

TYLER — There are two sacred numbers at John Tyler High School. There’s No. 1 because head coach Ricklan Holmes believes that number is only for clear-cut leaders who are the best player on the team. And there’s No. 24 — the number that Holmes himself wore during his … Read More

The Dotted Line: Predicting the destinations of the Fabulous 55’s top uncommitted players

Exactly half of the top 20 on the 2020 Fabulous 55 are already committed. It’s the new way in recruiting with juniors able to take official visits and the early signing period in December. Decisions are made sooner. Texas holds five pledges as its momentum … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas targets Jake Majors, Prince Dorbah provide spring recruiting updates

The final whistle of the Orange-White game last month signaled the beginning of a full-court press by the Texas coaching staff in recruiting. The Longhorns hosted six official recruits and a number of unofficial visitors last weekend. The focus was on big men, with Texas … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas high school coaches believe in straight line recruiting

The power brokers in Texas high school football have always been the head coach. To recruit a player, a college went through the head coach to gather information and offer a scholarship. The growing industry of recruiting services and 7-on-7 national teams is slowing eroding that power. The … Read More

The Dotted Line: Six official visitors expected at Texas this weekend

An important weekend awaits the Longhorns football team with six official visitors and a number of unofficial visitors expected on campus. Three of Texas’ five commits are taking their official visits, as well as the top target at offensive tackle and defensive tackle. The Longhorns’ last commitment was … Read More

The Dotted Line: Aledo stars and Texas targets Jase McClellan, JoJo Earle talk recruiting, growth

ALEDO — Running back Jase McClellan is a forgotten star in a 2020 recruiting class that includes fellow five-star running back Zachary Evans of Galena Park North Shore. Maybe it’s because McClellan committed early to Oklahoma. Maybe it’s because he arrived on … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas target Jahari Rogers understands a position change is in his future

ARLINGTON — Four-star cornerback Jahari Rogers wasn’t a hot recruit heading into his junior season. It was the spring of his sophomore year when he moved from wide receiver to quarterback to cover for the expectant starter who was still playing baseball. Rogers secured the … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas target Quentin Johnston prefers low-key approach to recruiting

TEMPLE — Four-star wide receiver Quentin Johnston is as hard to catch off the football field as he is when he’s racing past defenders on the gridiron, the track or on the basketball court. Johnston is more concerned with improvement than attention. The 6-4, 192-pound … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas pledge Jaylen Garth transformed from David to Goliath

HOUSTON — Four-star offensive tackle Jaylen Garth entered Port Neches-Groves High School as a freshman who couldn’t do a single pushup or bench 95 pounds. Now, the 6-5, 280-pound Texas commit is going through spring practices as a junior and leader of his program. It’s … Read More

The Dotted Line: Bryson Washington discusses his final choice between Texas, Oklahoma

HOUSTON — Bryson Washington wasn’t keen on the move to safety the spring of his freshman season when head coach Derek Fitzhenry took over the job at C.E. King. Washington was a life-long offensive weapon who fancied himself a contender to win the starting job at … Read More

The Dotted Line: Teammates Zach Evans, Damieon George discuss recruiting, Texas

HOUSTON — Galena Park North Shore teammates Zachary Evans and Damieon George reaffirmed their intentions to commit to the same football program as spring practice began for the defending Class 6A Division I state champions. Evans and George starred for the Mustangs in a thrilling … Read More

The Dotted Line: A closer look at the 2020 recruiting classes for Texas, rest of Big 12

It’s still early in the 2020 recruiting cycle, but the process has sped up in recent years with the advent of the early signing period and the ability of juniors to take official visits in the spring. Oklahoma is over 25 percent done with its … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas will add star potential when rest of 2019 class arrives in June

Texas signed 24 recruits in a 2019 class that ranked third in the nation, trailing only Alabama and Georgia. Ten of those pledges enrolled early and took part in spring practice. Four-star inside linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd was ruled out for the season, leaving 14 new … Read More

The Dotted Line: So far, Texas, Texas A&M are losing recruiting battle to out-of-state programs in 2020

If a recruiting cycle is a 12-round boxing match against the elite programs in the country, out-of-state programs are up on the scorecards as May approaches. The 2020 Fabulous 55 already contains 22 commits with only seven pledged to in-state programs. Four are committed to … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas targets Princely Umanmielen, Tahj Brooks embrace recruiting pressures

The uptick in Austin football talent is undeniable. The 2019 class was highlighted by wide receivers Garrett Wilson, Jaylen Ellis and Elijah Higgins. The 2020 cycle contains elite prospects like Manor’s Tahj Brooks and Princely Umanmielen. It’s a privilege … Read More

The Dotted Line: What’s Texas’ recruiting plan at the linebacker position in 2020?

Recruiting is cyclical. Sometimes Houston possesses more talent than Dallas-Fort Worth. Sometimes it’s the other way around. Sometimes a class is loaded at one position and void of elite talent at another. That’s the case in 2019 with linebackers. Texas needs to sign a solid class at the … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas quarterback commit Hudson Card matures as leader for Lake Travis

The legacy of elite quarterbacks at Lake Travis High School dates back to 2004. Every starting quarterback since that year signed with an FBS program. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day once joked with head Cavaliers coach Hank Carter that Lake Travis was the only … Read More