The huge signing day Texas was hoping for happened.
After picking up two commitments on Tuesday, the Longhorns added six more on Wednesday to sneak into the top 10 nationally of every major recruiting service.
The additions: Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones; Aldine Davis linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch; Manor linebacker Erick Fowler, who flipped from LSU; Euless Trinity DT Chris Daniels; Alief Elsik safety Chris Brown; and Duncanville DT Marcel Southall.
The rankings: 247: 10; Scout: 6; Rivals: 10; ESPN: 10.
Yet, the day is not over. Already with 23 pledges, Texas is hoping to add one more when Houston Westside defensive tackle Jordan Elliott makes his announcement at 1 p.m. Elliott, the No. 10 player in the American-Statesman’s Fab 55, is believed to be leaning toward Texas.
The Tuesday commitments of Katy RB Kyle Porter and New Orleans DT D’Andre Christmas-Giles served as a nice appetizer to Wednesday’s signing day feast. Here’s the recap.
7:15 a.m. — The morning gets started with 2017 QB commit Sam Ehlinger telling the American-Statesman he will enroll early at Texas next year.
7:45 a.m. — The first domino falls. Duncanville DT Marcel Southall chooses Texas over Oklahoma and Miami.
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7:50 a.m. — Silsbee guard Patrick Hudson signs his letter of intent with Baylor. Texas made a strong push, but in the end Hudson stuck with his first love.
8 a.m. — Euless Trinity DT Chris Daniels picks Texas over Oklahoma, giving the Horns three new defensive tackles in 10 hours.
8:30 a.m. — Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones, a five-star prospect in some rankings, picks Texas on ESPNU over Texas A&M and Baylor.
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8:40 a.m. — Manvel safety skydives to announce he’s signing with Ole Miss. Texas was in the mix but never considered the favorite.
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8:50 a.m. — Texas’ dogged pursuit of Manor’s Erick Fowler paid off when Fowler announced he was flipping from LSU and signing with the Longhorns. Spectators at Manor went crazy in celebration, but perhaps none more so than Fowler’s family who he said did not previously know which school he was going to pick.
9:55 a.m. — New Orleans defensive tackle Stephon Taylor commits to South Carolina over Texas. Not everything went perfectly for Texas.
9:30 a.m. — As expected, Alief Elsik safety Chris Brown picks Texas.
9:50 a.m. — Brown’s teammate, linebacker Dontavious Jackson, spurns Texas for Florida State.
10:30 a.m. — Texas bounces back from loss of Jackson by adding Aldine Davis linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch.
Texas held onto the 17 pledges it had coming into the day and can celebrate a top 10 class for the second year in a row.
2016 Texas Longhorns recruiting classHere's a look at the recruits who have committed to Texas coach Charlie Strong for the 2016 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from 247sports. Oral commitments are non-binding. National signing day is Feb. 3.
|Collin Johnson||WR||San Jose (V. Christ.), Calif.||4||4/17/2014|
|Shane Buechele||QB||Arlington Lamar||4||2/23/2015|
|Tope Imade||OG||Arlington Bowie||3||5/26/2015|
|Gerald Wilbon||DT||Destrehan (La.)||3||6/17/2015|
|Peyton Aucoin||TE||New Orleans (La.) Martin||3||7/24/2015|
|Malcolm Roach||DE||Baton Rouge (La.)||3||11/6/2015|
|Andrew Fitzgerald||DE||Flower Mound||4||11/12/2015|
|Jean Delance||OT||North Mesquite||4||1/2/16|
|Lil'Jordan Humphrey||WR||Southlake Carroll||3||1/30/16|
|D'Andre Christmas-Giles||DT||New Orleans (La.)||3||2/2/16|
|Chris Daniels||DT||Euless Trinity||4||2/3/16|
|Chris Brown||S||Alief Elsik||3||2/3/16|
|Jeffrey McCulloch||LB||Aldine Davis||4||2/3/16|
|Jordan Elliott||DT||Houston Westside||4||2/3/16|
|JP Urquidez||OT||Copperas Cove||4||6/25/16|
Thus far, Texas has signed 10 members of the Fab 55. Elliott is the only Fab 55 member who has yet to announce his decision. Other signing day tidbits include No. 18 Tyrie Cleveland (Spring Westfield) flipping to Florida from Houston, No. 25 Quartney Davis (Langham Creek) picking Texas A&M, and No. 33 Jared Mayden (Sachse) signing with Alabama over Oklahoma.
|1.||Gregory Little||OT||Allen (6A)||Ole Miss|
|2.||Ed Oliver||DT||Spring Westfield (6A)||Houston|
|3.||Brandon Jones||S||Nacogdoches (5A)||Texas|
|4.||Patrick Hudson||OT||Silsbee (4A)||Baylor|
|5.||Deontay Anderson||S||Manvel (6A)||Ole Miss|
|6.||Kendell Jones||DT||Killeen Shoemaker (6A)||Alabama|
|7.||Eric Monroe||S||Galena Park North Shore (6A)||LSU|
|8.||Devin Duvernay||WR||Garland Sachse (6A)||Baylor|
|9.||Tren'Davian Dickson||WR||Navasota (4A)||Baylor|
|10.||Jordan Elliott||DT||Houston Westside (6A)||Texas|
|11.||Kaden Smith||TE||Flower Mound (6A)||Stanford|
|12.||Justin Madubuike||DE||McKinney North (6A)||Texas A&M|
|13.||Jean Delance||OT||North Mesquite (6A)||Texas|
|14.||Devwah Whaley||RB||Beaumont Central (5A)||Arkansas|
|15.||Shane Buechele||QB||Arlington Lamar (6A)||Texas|
|16.||Jeffrey McCulloch||OLB||Aldine Davis (6A)||Texas|
|17.||Dee Anderson||WR||West Mesquite (5A)||LSU|
|18.||Tyrie Cleveland||WR||Spring Westfield (6A)||Florida|
|19.||Chris Daniels||DT||Euless Trinity (6A)||Texas|
|20.||Kellen Diesch||OT||Trophy Club Nelson (6A)||Texas A&M|
|21.||Erick Fowler||OLB||Manor (5A)||Texas|
|22.||Courtney Lark||WR||Houston Bellaire (6A)||Houston|
|23.||Dontavious Jackson||ILB||Alief Elsik (6A)||Florida State|
|24.||Chris Owens||G||Arlington Lamar (6A)||Alabama|
|25.||Quartney Davis||WR||Langham Creek (6A)||Texas A&M|
|26.||Rahssan Thornton||DE||Killeen Shoemaker (6A)||LSU|
|27.||Travon Fuller||CB||Athens (4A)||Texas A&M|
|28.||Isaiah Chambers||DE||Aldine MacArthur (6A)||TCU|
|29.||J.P. Urquidez||OT||Copperas Cove (6A)||Baylor|
|30.||Michael Williams||DT||F.W. All Saints (TAPPS)||Stanford|
|31.||Jaylon Jones||CB||Allen (6A)||Ole Miss|
|32.||Brandon Bowen||DE||Trophy Club Nelson (6A)||Baylor|
|33.||Jared Mayden||CB||Garland Sachse (6A)||Alabama|
|34.||Tristen Wallace||ATH||DeSoto (6A)||Oregon|
|35.||Eric Cuffee||CB||Waco (5A)||Texas|
|36.||Mark Jackson||DE||Cibolo Steele (6A)||Oklahoma|
|37.||Sewo Olonilua||RB||Humble Kingwood (6A)||TCU|
|38.||Kameron Martin||RB||Port Arthur Memorial (6A)||Baylor|
|39.||Kyle Porter||RB||Katy (6A)||Texas|
|40.||Jalen Hurts||QB||Channelview (6A)||Alabama|
|41.||Charles Oliver||CB||Fairfield (4A)||Texas A&M|
|42.||Darius Anderson||RB||Richmond George Ranch (5A)||TCU|
|43.||Reggie Hemphill-Mapps||WR||Manvel (6A)||Texas|
|44.||Levi Onwuzurike||DE||Allen (6A)||Washington|
|45.||Ross Blacklock||DT||Fort Bend Elkins (5A)||TCU|
|46.||Zach Smith||QB||Grandview (3A)||Baylor|
|47.||Jordan Carmouche||OLB||Manvel (6A)||SMU|
|48.||Denzel Okafor||G||Lewisville (6A)||Texas|
|49.||D'Eriq King||ATH||Manvel (6A)||Houston|
|50.||Dillon Sterling-Cole||QB||Spring Westfield (6A)||Arizona State|
|51.||T.J. Vasher||WR||Wichita Falls Rider (5A)||Texas Tech|
|52.||Parrish Cobb||CB||Waco La Vega (4A)||Baylor|
|53.||Lil'Jordan Humphrey||ATH||Southlake Carroll (6A)||Texas|
|54.||Trayveon Williams||RB||Houston King (5A)||Texas A&M|
|55.||Austin Myers||OT||Manvel (6A)||TCU|
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