Texas head coach Charlie Strong during a spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


Charlie Strong’s first satellite camp light on star power

Posted June 17th, 2016


KLEIN — Roughly 130 high school football players turned out to Charlie Strong’s first ever satellite camp on Thursday.

Of that bunch, probably zero will end up becoming Longhorns.

Texas coach Charlie Strong chats with Spring Westfield LB Joshua Brown at Thursday's satellite camp at Klein High.
Texas coach Charlie Strong chats with Spring Westfield LB Joshua Brown at Thursday’s satellite camp at Klein High.

The stars were not out in the Houston area, as Strong and his Texas staff were treated to a garden variety of prospects. In fact, from a recruiting standpoint, the evening was of more use to Houston Baptist, the FCS school that hosted the event at Klein High School along with help from Strong and his staff.


Still, there were a couple of players that may have piqued UT’s interest.

Strong spent much of the night observing Spring Westfield outside linebacker Joshua Brown, who reports having received offers TCU and Iowa State although his 247Sports recruiting profile is blank. At one point, Strong pulled Brown away from a one-on-one drill with offensive linemen and ordered him to join a group of defensive backs in pass defense drills. Brown got beaten, sparking some on-field critiquing from Strong.

Brown, a 6-3, 220-pound transfer from Dekaney, said he hopes to visit Texas next month and that the Longhorns “are my school, but I really like LSU a lot.”

Brown said Strong made a positive impression by “asking good questions” about Brown’s favorite schools and his academic history.

Strong and other coaches, per NCAA rules, are forbidden from speaking to the media at satellite camps.

Meanwhile, Strong’s offensive coordinator, Sterlin Gilbert, took a liking to Humble Summer Creek quarterback John Holcombe, giving the rising junior some pointers on his throws. Holcombe, who is built like a tight end at 6-3, 222 pounds, has a single scholarship offer, from Incarnate Word, but figures to command increased interest throughout the coming months.

Other notable campers included San Antonio Stevens quarterback Bryce Rivers, who is committed to UTSA, and Nederland offensive lineman Corbin Smith, who is committed to Rice but caught the eye of a Boston College coach.

Before the session got underway, four-star receiver CeeDee Lamb from Richmond Foster stopped by and is believed to have spoken with Strong and some of his assistants. Lamb, who in late April backed out of his commitment to Oklahoma, is ranked No. 30 on the American-Statesman’s initial Fabulous 55.

Strong and his staff are back on the road Friday for a camp in the Dallas area at Greenhill School.