Southlake Carroll running back Lil' Jordan Humphrey rushes during the first half against Austin Westlake Friday, August 29, 2014 at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, Texas. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)

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3-star ATH Lil’Jordan Humphrey commits to Texas

Southlake Carroll player picks Horns over Wisconsin

Posted January 30th, 2016

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Story highlights
  • Texas' recruiting class grows to 15.
  • Humphrey could play several positions but probably will begin at receiver.
  • The UT coaches are turning their attention to defensive tackles.

Texas’ offense got taller on Saturday.

By a Lil’ bit.

Lil’Jordan Humphrey, a 6-foot-5-inch, 200-pound multipurpose talent from Southlake Carroll, committed to Texas over Wisconsin and became the 15th pledge in a Longhorns class that has the potential to grow significantly by signing day on Wednesday.

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Recruiting services consider Humphrey to be an athlete, an ambiguous label given to a prospect without a clearly defined position on the field. At Texas, he could play running back, where the Horns are currently without a 2016 commitment, but odds are he’ll break in at receiver because of his unusual height. If that’s the case, Humphrey will be one of four receivers in this class, joining Manvel’s Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, Temple’s Davion Curtis and early enrollee Collin Johnson of California.

Landing Humphrey — a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports’ composite ratings — was more of a luxury than a necessity, as Texas is now primed to enter next season with 13 scholarship receivers. Yet, because the position underperformed in 2015, there’s a case to be made that Charlie Strong and his staff were willing to take as many pass catchers as they could get. Aside from John Burt, quarterback Jerrod Heard will be throwing to a bunch of unproven targets.

Humphrey, the No. 53 player in the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55, announced his commitment during a presentation on Channel 5 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He also considered Cal, which will host Texas in Week 3 next season. In Southlake Carroll’s 2015 season-opening loss at Westlake, Humphrey drew parallels to Eric Dickerson with his fluid running style. He finished the year with 1,292 yards rushing and 876 yards receiving, along with 22 combined touchdowns.

Humphrey’s commitment comes two days after Texas beat out Texas A&M for Waco cornerback Eric Cuffee, the No. 35 player in the Fab 55. Humphrey’s decision nudged the Longhorns up one spot in the national rankings to No. 33.

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

Now Texas’ attention turns to another Jordan — one who is anything but little. In sore need of talent on the defensive line, Strong is pushing hard for Houston Westside’s Jordan Elliott, a 300-pound tackle who recently decommitted from Michigan. Elliott, the No. 10 player in the Fab 55, had previously been committed to Houston and Baylor.

On Saturday, Elliott tweeted a photo of him hosting Strong and defensive assistants Vance Bedford and Brick Haley during a visit to Elliott’s home.

https://twitter.com/XCV____/status/693539649776521217

Other targets at tackle include New Orleans products Stephon Taylor and D’Andre Christmas-Giles, and Euless Trinity’s Chris Daniels.

In all, Texas could add another 10 or so commitments by Wednesday.

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