UT head coach Karen Aston during the 73-55 win over Missouri at the Frank Erwin Center Monday March 21, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: Aston, Pierce are making big recruiting waves for Texas

Posted August 9th, 2016

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Two Texas coaches are getting high marks in recruiting: New baseball coach David Pierce and women’s basketball coach Karen Aston.

Look out for Aston’s Longhorns. She pulled together the No. 4-ranked class in the country last year — behind No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 Baylor and No. 3 Oregon — and has landed a 2017 commitment, Chasity Patterson.

Texas will likely be a Top 10 preseason team and is on the verge of becoming a legit national contender. The Horns are in on the recruitment of three of the top players in the country:

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  • Megan Walker, a 6-1 win from Virginia who has scored 1,000 points in her prep career. She’s the No. 1-rated prospect in the country, and is also considering UConn, Notre Dame and Virginia.
  • Sedona Prince, a top-six national recruit for 2018 who’s just up the road at Liberty Hill. Back in 2015, when she was at Marble Falls Faith, she decommitted from the Longhorns. She’s a post.
  • Charli Collier, also in the 2018 class, is from Barbers Hill.

Pierce, meanwhile, already has five commitments for baseball. One of them is speedy Boerne center fielder Douglas Hodo, the oldest son of former Longhorns outfielder Doug Hodo who it .500 and stole 22 bases in 23 tries for the South Texas Sliders summer team. “Those are legit numbers, not dad numbers,” Hodo said.

February 6, 2016 - Texas (42) Kacy Clemens, left, in the batters box as his brother, (2) Kody Clemens, right, waits on deck during the annual Fan Appreciation Day and Alumni Game held at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
February 6, 2016 – Texas (42) Kacy Clemens, left, in the batters box as his brother, (2) Kody Clemens, right, waits on deck during the annual Fan Appreciation Day and Alumni Game held at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Douglas would become the eighth son of a player from Texas’ spectactular 1983 national championship team to play for the Longhorns. The others:

  • Turner Gauntt, the Houston Episcopal catcher and son of Robert Gauntt.
  • Kody Clemens, an infielder who just finished his freshman season. Roger’s son hit .242 with 5 homers, 28 RBIs, 10 doubles, 3 triples and 32 runs scored.
  • Kacy Clemens, a first baseman/pitcher who’s also a rising sophomore like his brother. He hit .303 this past season with 5 HRs, 31 RBIs, 14 doubles and 40 runs scored.
  • Kaleb Denny, the outfielder from Barbers Hill and the son of David Denny, who played third base and left field at Texas. Kaleb started 10 games his freshman season, hitting .267.
  • Brandon Loy, the son of ’83 catcher Darren Loy.
  • Chance Ruffin, the son of former MLB pitcher Bruce Ruffin, who was part of that 1983 staff that included Roger Clemens, Calvin Schiraldi and Mike Capel. Chance was a first-round pick in 2010 and ended up retiring from baseball in 2014.
  • Lukas Schiraldi, the son of former Mets, Red Sox, Cubs, Padres and Rangers pitcher Calvin Schiraldi and the most outstanding player from that 1983 College World Series.

Here’s a link to my full nine things, one crazy prediction column.

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