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Scholarship signees shine on Signing Day, but Texas wary to overlook walk-ons

Posted February 7th, 2018

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Over the course of two signing periods, Texas added 27 recruits to its football team. Those players won’t be the only newcomers in the locker room.

Travis West and Luke Brockermeyer announced this week that they will walk onto the Texas’ football team. West is a receiver from Dallas’ Woodrow Wilson High. Brockermeyer is a linebacker from Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal.

Brockermeyer is the son of former UT offensive lineman Blake Brockermeyer. Rated by 247Sports as a three-star prospect, Brockermeyer reportedly received scholarship offers from Oregon State, Air Force and Rice.

Texas coach Tom Herman attributed his success at Houston to a scout team that was made up of walk-on players. He also described the walk-on program at Texas as “crucial.” Last August, former walk-on Garrett Graf received a scholarship from Herman. Quarterback Josh Covey, who completed his transfer to Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday, helped run the scout team’s offense at Texas in 2017.

Herman was asked what he looks for in preferred walk-ons, who are guaranteed a roster spot during the fall. Herman said he is eyeing players who might be “late bloomers” but still have intangibles like “the toughness, physicality, accountability, academically you got to get into Texas.”

“You look for all those intangibles,” Herman said. “You try to find a guy that is a Texas player, except maybe this one thing, but we’re going to develop that one thing in a couple years, and hopefully he can earn a scholarship.”

Spring date set: Texas will hold its first spring practice on March 20, Herman announced. In 2017, UT’s first drill was staged before the school’s spring break, which runs between March 12-17 this year. Herman, though, pushed the start or spring practices back since the February signing date was later than usual.

The annual Orange-White Spring Game is set for April 21.

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