Sam Ehlinger scampers for yardage in Westlake's 20-17 win over Southlake Carroll during the 2015 season. Photo by Paul Brick.

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Recruiting recap: 2017 Longhorns and Friday night’s lights

Posted September 10th, 2016


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.

Texas’ 2017 recruiting class has received eight verbal commitments. 247Sports currently ranks the Longhorns’ upcoming group of recruits as the nation’s 42nd-best, while Texas checks in at No. 55 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 sidelined Ehlinger for a second straight week, but Westlake didn’t need its All-Central Texas standout. The Chaparrals bounced back from last week’s 21-14 loss to a team from Nevada with a 35-0 rout of Pflugerville.

 Nacogdoches DB Josh Thompson

Tyler Lee kept the football away from Thompson for much of Nacogdoches’ 24-17 win on Friday, but he scored on a 75-yard punt return on the one kick he fielded. Thompson has scored twice on special teams over the course of this three-week season.

Hooks DB Montrell Estell

Mike Roach of reported that Estell rushed for two touchdowns and blocked an extra point in a 25-13 win over Mount Vernon on Friday. If this football thing doesn’t work out for Estell, he may want to try out hurdling.

DeSoto OL Xavier Newman

DeSoto’s offense compiled 635 yards of offense in a 49-43 win over Midland. Like last week, it appears that Newman did not play in the victory.

Lake Dallas DB Kobe Boyce

Boyce contributed a 73-yard catch on Friday, but his defense allowed 59 points and 557 yards of offense in a 19-point loss to Prestonwood Christian.

Liberty-Eylau DL Lagaryonn Carson

Carson and the Leopards dropped a 48-39 decision to Texas City on Friday. No stats were immediately available for Carson.

Tyler John Tyler WR Damion Miller

Miller will be used to playing on Saturdays by the time he gets to Texas. John Tyler plays New Orleans Warren in Shreveport on Saturday this week, and it will be the Lions’ second Saturday showing of the season.

Temple DL Taquon Graham

The newest member of Texas’ 2017 recruiting class, Graham and his current teammates were dealt a 26-20 loss by Waco Midway on Friday. Graham was reportedly sidelined by a hip injury.

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