The Texas Longhorns take the field at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sunday September 4, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas loses recruit as DeSoto standout changes mind

Posted October 16th, 2016


This weekend, Texas’ football team went 1-1.

One day after Texas snapped a three-game losing streak with a 27-6 win over Iowa State, the Longhorns lost a three-star recruit. On Sunday evening, DeSoto offensive lineman Xavier Newman announced on Twitter that he was withdrawing a pledge to Texas that he made in April.


A six-foot-two-inch, 272-pound guard, Newman has reportedly received scholarship offers from nationally-ranked schools like Oklahoma, Texas A&M and North Carolina. Newman, who will play in the Under Armour All-American Game, is currently blocking for a DeSoto team that is ranked second in Class 6A and averaging 47.3 points per game.

Newman’s de-commitment leaves Texas with seven players in its 2017 recruiting class. The Longhorns, however, no longer have a commitment from an offensive lineman.

2017 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

Here's a look at the recruits who have committed to Texas coach Tom Herman for the 2017 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from Horns247. Oral commitments are non-binding. National signing day is Feb. 1, 2017.

Damion MillerWRTyler John Tyler46/25/2015
Sam EhlingerQBWestlake47/28/2015
Kobe BoyceCBLake Dallas34/3/2016
Montrell EstellSHooks35/20/2016
Josh ThompsonCBNacogdoches37/27/2016
Taquon GrahamDLTemple49/5/16
Joshua Rowland*KMiss. Gulf Coast CCN/A12/11/16
Toneil CarterRBLangham Creek412/19/16
Cade BrewerTELake Travis312/23/16
Daniel YoungRBHouston Westfield312/23/16
Derek KerstetterOLSan Antonio Reagan312/26/16
Reese LeitaoTETulsa (Okla.) Jenks312/29/16
Marqez BimageLBBrenham31/6/17
Max CumminsOLFW All Saints31/17/17
Gary JohnsonLBDodge City CC41/20/17
*-indicates signed letter of intent

UPDATE (OCTOBER 17 at 9:15 p.m.): A day after he de-committed from Texas, Newman pledged to join Colorado’s football team.

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