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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Are the numbers for Texas’ Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson Hall of Fame-worthy?

Jamaal Charles and Derrick Johnson had fine careers in Kansas City, but were those careers Hall of Fame-worthy? Both were in Kansas City last week to retire as Chiefs after signing one-day contracts. That makes it four Texas exes who officially stepped away this offseason. Linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive … 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

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Former Texas star Jamaal Charles retires as a Kansas City Chief

Nearly 14 years after he first touched a football at Texas, Jamaal Charles has decided to call it a career. Charles officially retired after signing a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday. The running back’s retirement comes during an offseason that has seen former Longhorns … 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

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What position would Arya Stark play for the Longhorns?

Right now, the hottest recruit in college football may be a fictional one. Game of Thrones, the hit television show, is wrapping up its final season. Among those watching this past Sunday’s much-discussed episode was someone from Texas’ social media department. On Monday, the official Instagram account … 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

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Chance to reach the NFL still exists for undrafted Longhorns

Charles Omenihu and Kris Boyd were the only Longhorns taken in the NFL Draft over the weekend, but many of their Texas teammates could still join them at the next level. Undrafted players from Texas have recently found success in the NFL. Three undrafted free agents from … Read More

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A Longhorn becomes a Texan: Texas’ Charles Omenihu taken by Houston in NFL draft

Over the past two years, Charles Omenihu has sacked Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. He’ll soon chase those same quarterbacks while wearing a different uniform. Omenihu was selected by Houston in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. The Texans took the former Texas defensive end … 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

As the NFL’s best-paid kicker, Justin Tucker happy to have tasted success and failure

Justin Tucker, a Houston native who moved to Austin and played at Texas, grew up like so many in the Lone Star State do. Which is to say, he played football and he loved the Dallas Cowboys. In 2012, after Tucker had finished up his Longhorns career and went undrafted, … 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

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Brian Robison, the last active member of Texas’ famed 2002 recruiting class, calls it a career

Former Texas standout Brian Robison announced his retirement on Wednesday after signing a one-day contact with the Minnesota Vikings Robison was a fourth-round pick by the Vikings in 2007, and the defensive end played in 173 games from 2007-17. Only eight Vikings have totaled more sacks than Robison, who took … 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

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This week in NFL mock drafts: Last call for guesses on where some Longhorns will next play football

When the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, a handful of Longhorns will find out the locations of their future homes. There is no shortage of Longhorns who have their eyes on a career in the NFL. Last month, Texas had 18 players workout at its pro timing day. UT … 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