Westlake Senior Quarterback, Sam Ehlinger, takes his pads off for the second half after injuring his thumb during the first quarter against Lake Travis High School and is out for the remainder of the game on Friday, October 7, 2016. (Elizabeth Kreutz for American-Statesman)

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Recruiting recap: 2017 Longhorns and Friday night’s lights

Posted October 15th, 2016


Texas football fans are surely interested in the current 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 44th-best, while Texas checks 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

Westlake announced this week that a thumb injury will likely sideline Ehlinger for the rest of his senior season. Ehlinger will graduate as Westlake’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, which is an impressive feat when you consider that NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees and Nick Foles were once Chaparrals.

Nacogdoches DB Josh Thompson

Thompson caught two footballs on Friday, and his 23-yard touchdown catch forced overtime in Corsicana. A 24-20 loss, though, dropped the Dragons’ record to 4-3.

Hooks DB Montrell Estell

Estell rushed for a 7-yard score and had a 76-yard interception return in a 33-20 win over Daingerfield. Hooks took a half-game lead in the District 7-3A, Division II standings with the victory.

DeSoto OL Xavier Newman

DeSoto compiled 604 yards of offense (201 passing, 403 rushing) in a 51-7 rout of Irving on Friday. The unbeaten Eagles are 7-0 and ranked second in the Associated Press’ Class 6A poll.

Lake Dallas DB Kobe Boyce

Boyce’s defense gave up 531 yards of offense in a 65-41 loss to The Colony. The week wasn’t a complete loss for Boyce, though, as he announced that he will play in the O-D All-American Bowl in December.


Liberty-Eylau DL Lagaryonn Carson

The Leopards are 2-5 after a 38-14 loss to North Lamar on Friday. No stats were immediately available for Carson, who has reportedly been suspended twice this season.

Tyler John Tyler WR Damion Miller

Miller caught two footballs in a 48-0 blowout of Rockwall-Heath, and he got the Lions their first points with a 56-yard touchdown catch. While playing catch with Houston-bound quarterback Bryson Smith this season, Miller had recorded five touchdown catches.

Temple DL Taquon Graham

Graham and the Wildcats surrendered over 500 yards of offense, but they rallied for a 48-45 win over Waco. There were no stats immediately available for Graham, who returned to the field two weeks ago after missing three games with a hip injury.

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