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.
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 classHere'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.
|Collin Johnson||WR||San Jose (V. Christ.), Calif.||4||4/17/2014|
|Shane Buechele||QB||Arlington Lamar||4||2/23/2015|
|Tope Imade||OG||Arlington Bowie||3||5/26/2015|
|Gerald Wilbon||DT||Destrehan (La.)||3||6/17/2015|
|Peyton Aucoin||TE||New Orleans (La.) Martin||3||7/24/2015|
|Malcolm Roach||DE||Baton Rouge (La.)||3||11/6/2015|
|Andrew Fitzgerald||DE||Flower Mound||4||11/12/2015|
|Jean Delance||OT||North Mesquite||4||1/2/16|
|Lil'Jordan Humphrey||WR||Southlake Carroll||3||1/30/16|
|D'Andre Christmas-Giles||DT||New Orleans (La.)||3||2/2/16|
|Chris Daniels||DT||Euless Trinity||4||2/3/16|
|Chris Brown||S||Alief Elsik||3||2/3/16|
|Jeffrey McCulloch||LB||Aldine Davis||4||2/3/16|
|Jordan Elliott||DT||Houston Westside||4||2/3/16|
|JP Urquidez||OT||Copperas Cove||4||6/25/16|
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.
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.