Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger during their key game against Lake Travis. Ehlinger is a UT football commitment. Westlake hosts Lake Travis in a key district 14-6A matchup at Chaparral Stadium Friday night in Austin on Oct. 23, 2015. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas recruiting trail: Time to focus on 2017

Posted February 8th, 2016

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Less than a week removed from a wild flurry of National Signing Day activity that landed Texas the best recruiting class in the Big 12, the break is over.

It’s recruiting season, again, still and always.

Texas coach Charlie Strong deliberately used the slow burn tactic of signing players, but maybe he won’t have to do that for the 2017 class.

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The next class already has a solid start with three four-star recruits already committed, and those player rankings don’t even reflect any 2016 summer and fall development. Translation: The guys who have committed can always improve their ratings by the various recruiting experts.

So here’s who says they’re coming to Texas in 2017:

2017 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

Here's a look at the recruits who have committed to Texas coach Tom Herman for the 2017 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from Horns247. Oral commitments are non-binding. National signing day is Feb. 1, 2017.

PlayerPos.SchoolStarsCommitted
Damion MillerWRTyler John Tyler46/25/2015
Sam EhlingerQBWestlake47/28/2015
Kobe BoyceCBLake Dallas34/3/2016
Montrell EstellSHooks35/20/2016
Josh ThompsonCBNacogdoches37/27/2016
Taquon GrahamDLTemple49/5/16
Joshua Rowland*KMiss. Gulf Coast CCN/A12/11/16
Toneil CarterRBLangham Creek412/19/16
Cade BrewerTELake Travis312/23/16
Daniel YoungRBHouston Westfield312/23/16
Derek KerstetterOLSan Antonio Reagan312/26/16
Reese LeitaoTETulsa (Okla.) Jenks312/29/16
Marqez BimageLBBrenham31/6/17
Max CumminsOLFW All Saints31/17/17
Gary JohnsonLBDodge City CC41/20/17
*-indicates signed letter of intent

Here’s who Texas is chasing, as of Feb. 8, 2016.

NamePosition Location 247sports rating
Derrick TuckerSafetyManvel, Texas (Manvel High School)4-star
Austin DeculusOffensive tackleCypress, Texas (Cy-Fair High School)4-star
Camron Buckley Wide receiverCedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill High School)4-star
Dylan MosesLinebacker Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)5-star
Marvin WilsonDefensive tackleBellaire, Texas (Episcopal High School)5-star
Jeffrey OkudahSafetyGrand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie High School) 5-star
Toneil CarterRunning backHouston, Texas (Langham Creek High School)4-star
J.K. DobbinsRunning backLa Grange, Texas (La Grange High School)4-star
William Poole IIICornerback Atalanta, Ga. (Hapeville Charter High School)4-star
Walker LittleOffensive tackleBellaire, Texas (Episcopal High School)4-star
Taquon GrahamDefensive endTemple, Texas (Temple High School)4-star
Eno BenjaminRunning backWylie, Texas (Wylie East High School)4-star
Adrian Ealy Offensive tackleBaton Rouge, La. (University Laboratory School)4-star
Charleston RamboWide receiver Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar High School)4-star
Santino Marchiol Linebacker Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)4-star
Levi JonesLinebacker Austin, Texas (Westlake High School)4-star
Will FarrarOffensive guardRichmond, Texas (Travis High School)3-star
Lindell StoneQuarterback Woodberry Forest, Va. (Woodberry High School)3-star
Josh ClarkeLinebackerNew Orleans, La. (Riverdale High School)3-star
Tyler Hamilton Wide receiverHilton Head Island, S.C. (Hilton Head High School)3-star
Chance McLeodTight endVictoria, Texas (Victoria East High School)3-star

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