Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger throws a pass against Katy on Aug. 26. Ehlinger threw two touchdown passes in a 32-29 win over the state's top-ranked team (John Gutierrez).


Class of 2017 recap: Future Longhorns under Friday night’s lights

Posted August 27th, 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 the future this fall.

The University of Texas’ 2017 recruiting class has received seven verbal commitments. 247Sports currently ranks Texas’ upcoming recruiting class as the nation’s 57th-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

Ehlinger threw for 256 yards, rushed for 63 yards and accounted for two touchdowns in Westlake’s 32-29 win over Katy on Friday. Ehlinger completed 17 of his 27 passes against Class 6A, Division II’s defending champion, and he also converted two two-point conversion attempts. Media members from across the state made the trip to Westlake to see a match-up between the first- and fifth-ranked teams in the AP’s Class 6A preseason poll, and Ehlinger gave them plenty to tweet about in the upset.

Also watching the action? Some of Ehlinger’s future teammates at Texas.

Nacogdoches DB Josh Thompson

Thompson was special on special teams in Nacogdoches’ season-opening win over Kilgore. According to the Kilgore News Herald, Thompson opened the second half of a 48-21 win by returning a kickoff for a touchdown. Nacogdoches also kicked a field goal after Thompson forced and then recovered a fumble on a kickoff.

Hooks DB Montrell Estell

Estell opened his senior year with a loss as New Boston held off Hooks for a 14-12 win. Estell’s brother, Malik, scored on a 32-yard catch in the game.

DeSoto OL Xavier Newman

DeSoto compiled 616 yards of offense (348 rushing, 268 passing) in a 47-13 rout of Dallas Jesuit on Friday.

Lake Dallas DB Kobe Boyce

Boyce registered six tackles in the Falcons’ 42-28 loss to Denton. Boyce also got two touches on offense that turned into nine rushing yards and 13 receiving yards.

Liberty-Eylau DL Lagaryonn Carson

Liberty-Eylau opened its year with a 61-55 loss to Gilmer on Thursday, but 247Sports reported that Carson registered three sacks in the high-scoring affair.

Tyler John Tyler WR Damion Miller

Miller didn’t get to open his senior season until Saturday, and he made a late push among Ehlinger and Thompson for the best first-week statistics among the future Longhorns. In a 45-14 rout of Plano West, Miller turned his four receptions into 132 yards and two touchdowns. Miller’s touchdowns were both scored in the second half, and they covered 18 and 70 yards.

Editor’s note: This post was updated to include Damion Miller’s performance on Saturday.

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