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The Dotted Line: Oklahoma, Texas remain dominant in recruiting despite slow starts on field

September proved slow for most of the Big 12 in recruiting with visits still not allowed due to the ongoing dead period. COVID-19 worries grounded athletes and coaches throughout the offseason and the dead period will continue to at least January of 2021. That means official visits are … Read More

The Dotted Line: Hayden Conner has never second-guessed his pledge to Texas

KATY — Hayden Conner is Texas’ longest standing commitment in the 2021 class. The Katy Taylor offensive tackle has watched UT switch offensive coordinators and lose pledges like Jalen Milroe, but the big man has never wavered since he committed … Read More

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Austin LBJ safety Andrew Mukuba chooses Clemson over Texas, LSU

Andrew Mukuba chose bright orange over burnt orange on Thursday night when the four-star safety prospect from Austin LBJ committed to Clemson over Texas and 33 other offers. Mukuba, a two-way star for the Jaguars, is a 6-0, 185-pound athlete … Read More

The Dotted Line: Scouting Texas commits on the road, including five-star Ja’Tavion Sanders

Providing in-person recruiting updates became nearly impossible in this latest offseason when COVID-19 restrictions canceled most camps and every on-campus event, including spring ball and official 7-on-7 events. Recruits couldn’t visit colleges or go to The Opening. That meant recruiting writers like me were regulated to receiving updates from our … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas recruit Billy Bowman Jr. helps Denton Ryan make statement in opener

ARLINGTON — Three Texas commits competed in the same game last Friday at AT&T Stadium. Denton Ryan bested Arlington Martin as UT pledges Ja’Tavion Sanders and Billy Bowman Jr. scored touchdowns in the win over Morice … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commit Ja’Tavion Sanders scores on both offense, defense in 2020 debut

ARLINGTON — Denton Ryan lost last year’s Class 5A Division I state championship game to Alvin Shadow Creek in heartbreaking fashion. It’s become a normal feeling for Ryan, a Class 5A powerhouse that simply hasn’t taken that final step to capture a state crown. Two-way star … Read More

The Dotted Line: Who is left on Texas’ 2021 recruiting board following the latest commitment?

Texas added its 18th member of the 2021 recruiting class on Friday when three-star offensive tackle Max Merril pledged to the Longhorns over 38 other offers. The 6-4, 273-pound product of Houston Strake Jesuit was the third lineman … Read More

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Offensive tackle Max Merril becomes Texas’ 18th commitment in the 2021 recruiting class

Texas’ 2021 recruiting class grew to 18 members Friday afternoon when three-star offensive tackle Max Merril picked the Longhorns over 39 other offers. The Strake Jesuit product becomes the third offensive lineman to join Texas’ 2021 recruiting class, joining four-star … Read More

Commitment 101: Texas hopes Max Merril becomes next three-star starter

Texas’ 2021 recruiting class grew to 18 members Friday afternoon when three-star offensive tackle Max Merril picked the Longhorns over 39 other offers. The Strake Jesuit product becomes the third offensive lineman to join Texas’ 2021 recruiting class, joining four-star … Read More

The Dotted Line: Eleven Texas pledges set for football games across the state

Texas high school football starts for the majority of Class 5A and 6A programs this weekend, joining the smaller classification schools. Nine of Texas’ 11 in-state commitments in the 2021 cycle are in action on Thursday or Friday. Quarterback Charles Wright and cornerback Ishmael … Read More

The Dotted Line: A handful of 2022 defensive targets that Texas is watching closely

Football begins across the state of Texas this week for most Class 5A and 6A programs. Texas’ 2021 class is nearly complete, shifting the coaching staff’s focus to the next year’s crop of 2022 recruits. The Longhorns already hold three … Read More

The Dotted Line: Five offensive prospects in the 2022 class Texas fans should know

Football begins across the state of Texas this week for most of the Class 5A and 6A programs. Texas’ 2021 class is nearly complete, shifting the coaching staff’s focus to the next year’s crop of 2022 recruits. The Longhorns already hold … Read More

The Dotted Line: Jonathon Brooks relishes role; Andrew Mukuba sets commitment date

HALLETTSVILLE — Jonathon Brooks is a small-town kid who doesn’t mind being overlooked in Texas’ 2021 recruiting class. The three-star running back from Hallettsville prefers a low-key approach to life, allowing his play to do the talking on the football field. He rushed for … Read More

Commitment 101: Four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau starts Texas’ 2022 defensive class

Four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau became Texas’ third commitment in the 2022 recruiting class on Saturday afternoon when the Port Arthur Memorial standout chose the Longhorns over 15 other offers, including LSU, Georgia and Notre Dame. Guilbeau was a first-team all-district … Read More

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Texas adds four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau to 2022 recruiting class

Four-star cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau became Texas’ third commitment in the 2022 recruiting class on Saturday afternoon when the Port Arthur Memorial standout chose the Longhorns over 15 other offers, including LSU, Georgia and Notre Dame. Guilbeau was a first-team all-district … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commitment Q&A with Austin High quarterback Charles Wright

Austin High quarterback Charles Wright grew up a Longhorns fan, living minutes from campus. The three-star gunslinger was able to achieve a life-long dream on Aug. 22 when he flipped his commitment from Iowa State. Wright is one of 17 pledges in … Read More

The Dotted Line: Austin LBJ safety Andrew Mukuba is ‘surprised’ by all the recruiting attention

Receiving phone calls from national championship coaches is a regular occurrence for four-star safety Andrew Mukuba. The Austin LBJ product is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state and is being recruited by Clemson, LSU, Texas and Missouri. Not bad for a … Read More

The Dotted Line: As his season starts, safety JD Coffey is happy with his Texas commitment

Four-star safety JD Coffey became Texas’ second commitment from the 2021 class to begin his senior season when he and his Kennedale High School teammates hosted Sunnyvale on Friday for their season opener. Coffey recorded 12 tackles and an interception in the 28-27 victory.  … Read More

The Dotted Line: The great, good, bad and incompletes — a look back at Texas’ 2017 recruiting class

Texas’ 2017 recruiting class was the first group to sign with newly-hired head coach Tom Herman, though most of the class was put together by Charlie Strong. It was the lowest-ranked Longhorns class in recent memory — 25th in the nation and second in the Big 12. Read More

The Dotted Line: Five Texas commits that I’m ready to watch in person this season

The football season began for most smaller classification schools in Texas at the end of August. The rest of the state starts playing real games at the end of September. The COVID-19 pandemic created a weird offseason for both players and coaches, but also … Read More