Texas Longhorns fans cheer as the enjoy the Orange and white spring football game at the Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 15, 2017 RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Tom Herman, Texas host mini-camp with more than 250 attendees

Posted May 29th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Three-star tight end Bralen Taylor is still waiting for a Texas offer and time is running out for the Longhorns.
  • The first Texas mini-camp under Tom Herman brought in more than 250 campers.
  • 2019 offensive lineman Branson Bragg says Texas was his dream school growing up.

Over 250 high school football players converged on Austin Sunday night to participate in Texas’ first mini-camp of the summer. The Longhorns will host four of these camps throughout the early part of the summer, as well as take part in multiple satellite camps around the state and country.

Rain forced the campers inside where the future college prospects went through combine drills followed by position drills. Many of the high-priority attendees were 2019 prospects, but one of the 2018 stars in attendance – Bralen Taylor of Cuero – is still waiting on a Texas offer.

The three-star tight end listed Texas among his finalists along with Florida, Oregon, Baylor and Ole Miss. Texas is the only school on his list not to offer and the 6-foot-8 prospect is set to announce June 11, whether Texas makes an offer or not.

“The coaches bragged about me, but I’ll be patient. If (Reese Leitao) arrives on campus and is good, I won’t get offered. If he doesn’t make it to campus, I won’t get offered,” he said. “Texas has to the 11th to offer. (Texas) is where I want to go, but if they don’t offer me, I’ll take my talents elsewhere.”

The Longhorns want a tight end in the 2018 class. DeKaney High School’s Malcolm Epps, a Fabulous 55 member, is Texas’ top target and there is reason to believe Tom Herman’s staff will land Epps by national signing day. That means Texas likely only takes two tight ends in the class if Leitao isn’t part of the Texas football team.

Offensive line will be a priority in the 2019 class. Texas only signed two offensive linemen in the 2017 class and are likely to only sign two or three offensive linemen in the 2018 class, and none of those prospects appears able to play center. Enter Branson Bragg of Crandall High School. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound center already holds six offers, including Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

“The camp was really good,” he said. “It was a cool experience to get down here and see it. I’m one of the top players coach (Warehime) is looking at in the 2019 class. Texas’ process is meticulous and slow compared to other programs. There are really looking at me.”

Texas is yet to offer Bragg. Only three offensive linemen in the 2019 class hold a Texas offer to date. Good news might materialize if Texas decides to offer Bragg.

“Since I was a kid, Texas was my No. 1 dream school. There is a picture of me at five years old with a Texas jersey on,” he said. “I’m extremely interested in the school. They are high up.”

Another 2019 stud in attendance was Sugar Land Dulles’ athlete Ainias Smith. The 5-foot-9 playmaker could hold a future at slot receiver or defensive back. His lone offer is from Georgia, where his older brother played football. He was the offensive newcomer of the year in his district after recording over 1,000 yards of total offense and nine touchdowns.

“I’m expecting an offer soon,” he said. “It feels like home and it is close to home. Texas will be sitting pretty high if Texas offers.”