Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger was the All-Central Texas Player of the Year in 2015 (Paul Brick/Austin Community Newspapers).

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Recruiting recap: 2017 Longhorns and Friday night’s lights

Posted September 3rd, 2016


University of Texas football fans are surely interested in present state of affairs on the 40 Acres, but an eye should also be kept on who the team is recruiting.

The University of Texas’ 2017 recruiting class has received seven verbal commitments. 247Sports currently ranks Texas’ upcoming recruiting class as the nation’s 58th-best, while the Longhorns check in at No. 61 in the Rivals rankings.

So what do Texas fans have to look forward to? Here is our weekly rundown of how members of Texas’ 2017 recruiting class performed on the gridiron (also known as the Sam Ehlinger Report):


Westlake QB Sam Ehlinger

A knee injury kept Ehlinger on the sideline for the season’s second week, and he isn’t expected to return to his huddle anytime soon. Westlake topped the Associated Press’ Class 6A poll on Monday, but the Ehlinger-less Chaparrals then dropped a 21-14 decision to Nevada’s Liberty High.


Nacogdoches DB Josh Thompson

Nacagdoches’ defense surrendered 352 passing yards in a 42-28 loss to Lufkin on Friday. Thompson, though, did haul in a 32-yard touchdown catch, and his kickoff return set up Nacagdoches’ final touchdown of the night.

Hooks DB Montrell Estell

One week after a 14-12 loss to New Boston, Hooks was beaten 22-19 by Redwater. Stats were not immediately available for this game.

DeSoto OL Xavier Newman

DeSoto compiled 395 yards of offense and 51 points in a 34-point rout of Denton Guyer. Newman, though, appeared to be celebrating the win in street clothes in pictures that were posted on social media.


Lake Dallas DB Kobe Boyce

Boyce scored on a 55-yard punt return in Lake Dallas’ 21-9 win over Frisco Centennial. Lake Dallas held Centennial quarterbacks Brock Floyd and Weston Symes to 73 passing yards on 18 attempts.

Liberty-Eylau DL Lagaryonn Carson

Liberty-Eylau fell behind 28-0 in its match-up with state-ranked Carthage, and the Leopards were eventually dealt a 34-20 loss. Stats for Carson were not immediately available.

Tyler John Tyler WR Damion Miller

Miller caught only two footballs in a 30-14 win over Ennis, but one of those receptions resulted in a 93-yard touchdown. Miller, who finished with 102 yards, also had two touchdown catches negated by holding penalties.

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