Manor linebacker Erick Fowler dabs just after committing to the 2016 recruiting class of the University of Texas. Photo by Rick Cantu

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Texas adds six players on signing day — but not done yet?

Posted February 3rd, 2016

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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.

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Manor linebacker Erick Fowler flashes the Hook 'em sign after announcing he had flipped his commitment from LSU to Texas on national signing day. (RICK CANTU/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Manor linebacker Erick Fowler flashes the Hook ’em sign after announcing he had flipped his commitment from LSU to Texas on national signing day. (RICK CANTU/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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 class

Here'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.

PlayerPos.SchoolStarsCommitted
Collin JohnsonWRSan Jose (V. Christ.), Calif.44/17/2014
Reggie Hemphill-MappsWRManvel310/4/2014
Demarco BoydILBGilmer31/30/2015
Shane BuecheleQBArlington Lamar42/23/2015
Tope ImadeOGArlington Bowie35/26/2015
Gerald WilbonDTDestrehan (La.)36/17/2015
Peyton AucoinTENew Orleans (La.) Martin37/24/2015
Malcolm RoachDEBaton Rouge (La.)311/6/2015
Andrew FitzgeraldDEFlower Mound411/12/2015
Denzel OkaforGLewisville411/14/2015
Davion CurtisWRTemple311/19/2015
Jean DelanceOTNorth Mesquite41/2/16
Zach ShackelfordGBelton31/17/16
Eric CuffeeCBWaco41/28/16
Lil'Jordan HumphreyWRSouthlake Carroll31/30/16
Kyle PorterRBKaty42/2/16
D'Andre Christmas-GilesDTNew Orleans (La.)32/2/16
Marcel SouthallDTDuncanville32/3/16
Chris DanielsDTEuless Trinity42/3/16
Brandon JonesSNacogdoches42/3/16
Erick FowlerLBManor42/3/16
Chris BrownSAlief Elsik32/3/16
Jeffrey McCullochLBAldine Davis42/3/16
Jordan ElliottDTHouston Westside42/3/16
Devin DuvernayWRSachse46/22/16
JP UrquidezOTCopperas Cove46/25/16

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.

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
1.Gregory LittleOTAllen (6A)Ole Miss
2.Ed OliverDT Spring Westfield (6A)Houston
3.Brandon JonesSNacogdoches (5A)Texas
4.Patrick HudsonOTSilsbee (4A)Baylor
5.Deontay AndersonSManvel (6A)Ole Miss
6.Kendell JonesDTKilleen Shoemaker (6A)Alabama
7.Eric MonroeSGalena Park North Shore (6A)LSU
8.Devin DuvernayWRGarland Sachse (6A)Baylor
9.Tren'Davian DicksonWRNavasota (4A)Baylor
10.Jordan ElliottDTHouston Westside (6A)Texas
11.Kaden SmithTEFlower Mound (6A)Stanford
12.Justin MadubuikeDEMcKinney North (6A)Texas A&M
13.Jean DelanceOTNorth Mesquite (6A)Texas
14.Devwah WhaleyRBBeaumont Central (5A)Arkansas
15.Shane BuecheleQBArlington Lamar (6A)Texas
16.Jeffrey McCullochOLBAldine Davis (6A)Texas
17.Dee AndersonWRWest Mesquite (5A)LSU
18.Tyrie ClevelandWRSpring Westfield (6A)Florida
19.Chris DanielsDTEuless Trinity (6A)Texas
20.Kellen DieschOTTrophy Club Nelson (6A)Texas A&M
21.Erick FowlerOLBManor (5A)Texas
22.Courtney LarkWRHouston Bellaire (6A)Houston
23.Dontavious JacksonILBAlief Elsik (6A)Florida State
24. Chris OwensGArlington Lamar (6A)Alabama
25.Quartney DavisWRLangham Creek (6A)Texas A&M
26.Rahssan ThorntonDEKilleen Shoemaker (6A)LSU
27. Travon FullerCBAthens (4A)Texas A&M
28.Isaiah ChambersDEAldine MacArthur (6A)TCU
29.J.P. UrquidezOTCopperas Cove (6A)Baylor
30.Michael WilliamsDTF.W. All Saints (TAPPS)Stanford
31.Jaylon JonesCBAllen (6A)Ole Miss
32.Brandon BowenDETrophy Club Nelson (6A)Baylor
33.Jared MaydenCBGarland Sachse (6A)Alabama
34.Tristen WallaceATHDeSoto (6A)Oregon
35.Eric CuffeeCBWaco (5A)Texas
36.Mark JacksonDECibolo Steele (6A)Oklahoma
37.Sewo OloniluaRBHumble Kingwood (6A)TCU
38.Kameron MartinRBPort Arthur Memorial (6A)Baylor
39.Kyle PorterRBKaty (6A)Texas
40.Jalen HurtsQBChannelview (6A)Alabama
41.Charles OliverCBFairfield (4A)Texas A&M
42.Darius AndersonRBRichmond George Ranch (5A)TCU
43.Reggie Hemphill-MappsWRManvel (6A)Texas
44.Levi OnwuzurikeDEAllen (6A)Washington
45.Ross BlacklockDTFort Bend Elkins (5A)TCU
46.Zach SmithQBGrandview (3A)Baylor
47.Jordan CarmoucheOLBManvel (6A)SMU
48.Denzel OkaforGLewisville (6A)Texas
49.D'Eriq KingATHManvel (6A)Houston
50.Dillon Sterling-ColeQBSpring Westfield (6A)Arizona State
51.T.J. VasherWRWichita Falls Rider (5A)Texas Tech
52.Parrish CobbCBWaco La Vega (4A)Baylor
53.Lil'Jordan HumphreyATHSouthlake Carroll (6A)Texas
54.Trayveon WilliamsRBHouston King (5A)Texas A&M
55.Austin MyersOTManvel (6A)TCU

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