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    4-Star ATH Mookie Cooper Commits To Texas

    I see he's the #4 athlete according to 24/7. Bru and Jordan was #1 and #2 athletes last year. Texas is becoming athlete U.
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    2020 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Top Landing Spots for Zachary Evans, CFB's No. 1 RB Recruit for 2020 Texas Longhorns 1 OF 5 Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images According to 247Sports' Crystal Ball Projections, the Texas Longhorns are the way-too-early front-runners to land the Houston resident. That's not surprising when you consider all of the factors we've discussed. Obviously, a chance to play in-state and help with the Longhorns' rebuild is an enticing opportunity for any young player. Texas is coming off its first 10-win season since going 13-1 in 2009, and that's in large part thanks to head coach Tom Herman, now in his third year. Herman was able to help the Longhorns land the third-best recruiting class in 2019. There were a bunch of big names in that class, but not a true standout at running back. That's great news if Evans wants to play in Austin, because it'll open the door for opportunities to start sooner instead of later. Some talented running backs have gone on to have NFL success out of UT. Names like Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams and Jamaal Charles come to mind. Evans will have a chance to carry on that legacy of talented runners if he decides to play for the Longhorns. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2820524-top-landing-spots-for-zachary-evans-cfbs-no-1-rb-recruit-for-2020#slide0
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    2020 Recruiting Board/Thread

    A look inside the millions of dollars universities in Texas are spending to find elite recruiting classes https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesports/2019/02/09/look-inside-millions-dollars-universities-texas-spending-find-elite-recruiting-classes
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    2020 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Tate Martell could break college football's transfer system ByCHRIS HUMMER Feb 11, 9:50 AM 48 College football’s shifted with the aggressiveness of the new-age transfer market. No player more profoundly represents that than Tate Martell. The former Ohio State and current Miami signal caller was once a recruiting trailblazer of the modern age. Now, the third-year QB is pushing the boundaries of a transfer guideline that’s long held firm against immediate eligibility. Justin Fields is a notable example of this trend. Georgia’s freshman backup a season ago, Fields bolted for Columbus this offseason and submitted an appeal the NCAA approved last week for immediate eligibility. Playing time played a role in Fields’ desire to depart – Jake Fromm wasn’t budging off Georgia’s starting job – but his appeal centered around an off-field incident at Georgia. Martell is a different sort of case. The former Top247 quarterback loudly proclaimed his intention to compete with Fields before the five-star arrived in Columbus. Yet Martell left Ohio State shortly after Fields’ announcement. Martell’s transfer reasoning seems simple: He wanted to play and thought he had a better opportunity to do so elsewhere. It’s what makes Martell’s waiver so intriguing. A long-standing NCAA rule states football undergraduate transfers must sit out a year in residence transferring to another FBS program. Fair or unfair – and that’s not the question for today – non-graduate athletes can’t transfer without penalty on the grounds of playing time. Martell’s case could open the floodgates for NCAA policy change and create a precedent that would shake the college football world if approved. Not that Martell’s waiver is simple. Publicly, it’s presumed Martell will challenge for immediate eligibility citing Ohio State’s sudden coaching change from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day. Martell’s lawyer, Travis Leach, has said as much. But Martell’s waiver will have more layers than that. You should fully expect Martell to cite a number ofprevious precedents in his appeal, including potential “egregious behavior” by Ohio State or the more recent modification to the wavier guidelines that allows an athlete to cite "documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete's control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete." Fifty-one of 64 NCAA players who appealed for immediate eligibility since that modification saw their waivers approved, per the most recent NCAA data. One does not need much mental exercise to connect potential “mitigating circumstances” for Martell to Ohio State’s offseason issues with Urban Meyer and Zach Smith. CBS Sports previously reportedMartell considered using those program transgressions as a reasoning for transfer prior to the season; one might surmise that was a leak by Martell's camp to show Martell considered transferring before Fields arrived. “There were some things that happened at Ohio State that we can potentially get some relief from the NCAA, and we’re going to try it that way,” Leach told the Toledo Blade. “The coaching staff turnover is an issue. There are a few things. There’s no real bright-line test that tells you 100 percent how you can get a waiver. This is a tough one, but there are some good facts on his side. “You try to throw as much against the way as you can.” (Photo: Joe Scarnici, Getty) That leads to something many miss with Martell’s case. His is not a cut and dry appeal – nobody’s is. The NCAA’s process is convoluted, so much so a mini-industry’s popped up around waivers to help athletes parse the hundred of pages of documents needed to deal with the waiver process. “People know publicly about certain factors that go into cases, but they don’t know everything,” said Tim Nevius, a New York lawyer who operates a practice that centers around advocating for college athletes. “The public doesn’t know all the facts and circumstances an athlete is dealing with in his or her life that would give the NCAA a basis to grant a waiver.” Thus, whatever the result of Martell’s waiver, it’s important to remember his situation is unique. Nobody will have the same set of circumstances as Martell in the future, which makes speculation about any future results hazardous. That’s why athletes are hiring representation. 48COMMENTS “The system is stacked against the athletes,” Nevius said. Martell isn’t the last notable waiver the college football world will follow this offseason. His is, however, the most important. Martell’s case could serve as a spark for significant legislative change. No matter the circumstances Martell cites in his documentation, the reasoning for his appeal is transparent. He wants to play now. His desire to do so could expose flaws in an entire system. If Martell’s waiver is granted, it’ll inspire a flood of similar cases that could lead to the elimination of the year-in-resident requirement, bringing college football one step closer to quasi-free agency. https://247sports.com/Article/Tate-Martell-transfer-waiver-breakdown-change-NCAA-transfer-system-128973860/
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    2020 Recruiting Board/Thread

    The UT-OU games in the next coupe of years will have some great WRs. College football recruiting: Ranking the top 10 recruiters that hauled in the Class of 2019 2. Texas wide receiver coach Drew Mehringer: Before Tennessee surprised the nation to swipe To'oto'o from Alabama and Washington, it looked like Mehringer would be the nation's top recruiter. The 31-year old will have to settle for No. 2 but can take solace in the fact that he gets to reap all the rewards from his effort. Mehringer was the primary recruiter for one of the best wide receiver classes in the country featuring Texas native Jordan Whittington, Arizona native Jake Smith, Missouri native Marcus Washington and the gem of the class, five-star USC decommit Bru McCoy. Mehringer's relationship with McCoy was critical and Texas nearly landed him in the early signing period before getting him back on board in January. 3. Oklahoma wide receiver coach Dennis Simmons: Oklahoma put together arguably the nation's top offensive skill group. The quarterback, tight end and wide receiver talent collectively was hard to beat and Simmons can take the most credit for those wide receivers. Trejan Bridges and Theo Wease were two of the top pass catchers in Texas, while the nation's No. 1 WR Jadon Haselwood came all the way from Georgia after decommitting from the Bulldogs. Even more impressive is that this ranking doesn't include the significant role Simmons played in the Jalen Hurts recruitment out of the transfer portal. https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/college-football-recruiting-ranking-the-top-10-recruiters-that-hauled-in-the-class-of-2019/
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    2020 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Zachary Evans jumps to No. 1 in 2020 class https://247sports.com/Article/Zachary-Evans-recruitment-No-1-2020-rankings-247Sports-Composite--129027874/
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    2020 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Aggies being aggies. Texas A&M internet warns of a Longhorns recruiting rankings conspiracy https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2019/2/12/18220507/texas-am-recruiting-rankings-2019
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    2020 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Will ex-USC signee Bru McCoy be granted eligibility to play for Texas in 2019? Here are 3 factors to consider This Story is About... COLLEGES TEXAS LONGHORNS Share This Story On... Twitter Facebook Email Comment on This Story Icon Sportswire/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images SAN ANTONIO, TX - JANUARY 05: Wide receiver Bru McCoy (5) runs the ball during the All-American Bowl on January 05, 2019 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) By Chuck Carlton, Staff Writer Contact Chuck Carltonon Twitter:@ChuckCarltonDMN With national signing day in the rearview mirror, Texas still has unfinished business in its class of 2019. The decision of elite recruit Bru McCoy to switch from Southern California to Texas helped the Longhorns vault into No. 3 spot in the 247Sports composite team rankings. Projected as a receiver, McCoy spent a couple of weeks enrolled at USC before being released from his national letter of intent and transferring to Texas. But because of that short stay in LA, he must request a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible this coming season. ADVERTISING Expect to hear how Kliff Kingsbury's decision to leave USC as offensive coordinator to become the Arizona Cardinals coach affected McCoy and the way he would be used. USC had yet to fill the OC position -- it later hired UNT's Graham Harrell -- before McCoy left. Another key factor will be the reworked NCAA standard focusing on the "health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete." While trying to read what the NCAA might do in any situation is like to trying decipher the ancient Sumerian language, here are three things to consider. The Justin Fields decision The former Georgia quarterback was recently granted immediate eligibility at Ohio State after transferring following his freshman season. While encouraging for Texas and McCoy, the situation is not necessarily an-apples-to-apples comparison. Fields stayed a full season at Georgia. He also was the subject of racial taunts by a Bulldogs’ baseball player during the game, although it’s unknown if that was part of his appeal. The trend line It’s not just the high-profile cases like Fields that are being approved. The Associated Press reported last month that nearly 80 percent of the Division I football waiver requests (50 of 63) were granted by the NCAA in the last year. No pushback from USC In the case of Shea Patterson’s transfer from Mississippi to Michigan last year, there was initial resistance. USC hasn’t shown a public inclination to challenge. “Bru’s situation, it was one that was personal,” USC coach Clay Helton told reporters on signing day, adding that McCoy was a “phenomenal person. Phenomenal athlete. Wish him nothing but the best.” Based on the Fields case, Texas could find out sometime during spring practice, which starts March 11 with the spring game April 13. https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesports/2019/02/11/will-ex-usc-signee-bru-mccoy-granted-eligibility-play-texas-2019-3-things-consider
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    2020 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Texas 2019 spring football preview: With marquee QB, Longhorns are back Sam Ehlinger is Texas' answer to a decade-long search for a star quarterback. Sean Gardner/Getty Images 10:00 PM PT Jake TrotterESPN Staff Writer Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Is Texas back? The Longhorns just might be. ADVERTISEMENT Coming off its best season in almost a decade, coach Tom Herman's bunch has big goals for 2019. Four-time defending Big 12 champ Oklahoma stands in the way. But with quarterback Sam Ehlinger returning to lead a team overflowing with blue-chip talent, the Longhorns could finally make a return back to the pantheon of college football. 2018 record: 10-4 Spring practice start date: TBA Strength heading into spring: For the first time in 10 years, Texas will enter a season boasting one of the top quarterbacks in college football. After flashing moments of brilliance as a true freshman, Ehlinger took a major step forward as a sophomore, leading Texas to its first 10-win season since 2009. As one of the most effective dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, Ehlinger passed for 3,296 yards while completing 64.7 percent of his passes. He also tossed 25 touchdown passes to only five interceptions. On the ground, Ehlinger added 482 yards and another 16 touchdowns. And in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia, he controlled the game with three rushing touchdowns, connecting on 70.4 percent of his 27 passing attempts. Can Ehlinger elevate his game to yet another level in 2019? If so, Texas will have the goods to challenge Oklahoma for Big 12 supremacy -- and, perhaps, for a spot in the College Football Playoff, as well. Question mark heading into spring: After relying almost exclusively on Ehlinger at times to supply a consistent ground attack the past two years, the Longhorns desperately needed to bolster the rest of their running game -- from the offensive line to the running backs. Although a chunk of the offensive line is gone from last season, the Longhorns bring back a cornerstone in four-year starter Zach Shackelford. The spring will be critical in piecing together the rest of the group. Besides being a better run-blocking team, the Longhorns also need more dynamic playmaking from their running backs than they've gotten since losing 2016 Doak Walker Award winner D'Onta Foreman. Former ESPN 300 signee Keaontay Ingram should be given every opportunity to be the primary back after rushing for 708 yards as a freshman last season. The Longhorns, however, do have other options. Either way, Texas has to produce a more efficient running game to protect Ehlinger and open up a more balanced attack. Instant impact addition: With the upcoming graduations of Anthony Wheeler and Gary Johnson, the Longhorns will be light on experience at linebacker. Junior college transfer Caleb Johnson should help fill the gap after signing with the Longhorns in December. Rated the No. 2 junior college outside linebacker and No. 22 overall juco transfer, Johnson has the talent to start right away. Or at the very least provide quality depth for Todd Orlando's defense. 2019 game to get excited about now: Although the Oklahoma showdown on Oct. 12 will be massive, the Longhorns won't have to wait until then to play in the national spotlight. LSU visits Austin in Week 2 (Sept. 7) in a barometer test for both Tom Herman and the Big 12. Even though LSU won 10 games playing in the brutal SEC West last season, Texas could actually be the slight favorite with the game being in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Beat LSU, and Texas could head into the Red River Showdown ranked in the top five for the first time since 2008, when the Longhorns beat Oklahoma on the way to finishing third in the polls. Big 12 Freshman of the Year Caden Sterns hopes to lead a revitalization of the Longhorns' defense. Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports Spring storyline to watch: After ranking third in the Big 12 in defensive efficiency last season, the Longhorns face the task of replacing eight starters, including All-Big 12 defensive end Charles Omenihu, cornerback Kris Boyd and Johnson. Still, talent remains for the Longhorns to be stingier in 2019. Safety Caden Sterns is a big reason why. Sterns was the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-Big 12 performer. He is also flanked by a host of talented underclassmen in the secondary, including B.J. Foster, Anthony Cook and DeMarvion Overshown. Up front, Malcolm Roach leads the way after returning for his senior year. The Longhorns are banking that Roach could have the breakout final season that Omenihu delivered in 2018 on the way to being named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year. Joseph Ossaicould be in for a big season as well after starring in the Sugar Bowl. With so much inexperience elsewhere, the Longhorns could have some bumpy moments early on. But this group has the potential to emerge into one of the Big 12's best defenses by season's end. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/25952231/texas-2019-spring-football-preview-marquee-qb-longhorns-back
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    2020 Recruiting Board/Thread

    The rest of the article is for pay only. GET ESPN+ Top college football recruiters for the Class of 2019 2. Drew Mehringer School: Texas Top commitment: ATH Bru McCoy Mehringer isn't far behind Niedermeyer because of what he added to this Texas roster, especially on offense. He coaches wide receivers and is going to have a ton of talent in his room next season. That now includes the No. 1-ranked athlete in the country, Bru McCoy. Many thought the Longhorns would win out for McCoy on early signing day because of the relationship Mehringer had built with him throughout the process. McCoy enrolled at USC instead, but he transferred to Texas shortly thereafter. A big part of that decision came down to the work Mehringer had put in during the recruiting process. Mehringer also had a hand in landing ESPN 300 athlete Jordan Whittingtonand four-star wide receivers Jake Smith and Marcus Washington, as well as three-star receiver Kennedy Lewis. Mehringer did a lot to improve the athleticism on the Longhorns' offense in the years to come. http://www.espn.com/college-football/insider/story/_/id/25972658/top-college-football-recruiters-class-2019 ESPN +
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    Oh Aggy, Part Deux

    Return of Aggies vs. Longhorns? It's all talk for now Brent Zwerneman , Houston Chronicle Feb. 9, 2019 More CommentsPrint Texas and Texas A&M haven't lined up on the football field against each other since 2011. Photo: Darren Carroll/Getty Images COLLEGE STATION — The opposite of a seven-year itch is stirring across the state. The more than seven-year absence of Texas vs. Texas A&M in football has caused hearts to suddenly grow fonder for the one-time rivalry game. Either that or politicians young and old know which buttons to push on Texans for instant applause. Take Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday during his State of the State Address in Austin. "I'm feeling moved, and I want to set the example," said Abbott, a UT alum, near the end of his speech. "For example, I'm willing to step up and put aside past differences and work with (state Rep.) Lyle Larson to reinstate the rivalry game between the Aggies and Longhorns." Go beyond the breaking news and box scores with TXSN for just $29.95 annually. SUBSCRIBE Abbott's declaration drew a rousing half-minute standing ovation in the State Capitol. Larson, an Aggie, has pushed for the game to be played with a symbolic bill calling for its revival – a bill without teeth mainly meant to keep the conversation rolling (both athletic departments are self-supporting and then some, and don't rely on state funds). The burgeoning conversation is taking place on both campuses, too, with the student governments rallying together for the cause. Related Stories COLL COLLEGE NICK MOYLE How Texas athletics spent $206.6 million in 2018 JENNY DIAL CREECH JENNY DIAL CREECH Creech: Art Briles doesn't belong on a college campus "One of the great aspects of this campaign is that we're working hand-in-hand with the student leaders on the A&M campus, so it's been really refreshing and nice to get their take on it," UT student government member Jake Greenberg told the Daily Texan last week. Two years ago nearly 97 percent of about 8,000 UT students voted in favor of reigniting the rivalry — once again an emblematic measure. Meantime the A&M student government has passed a resolution to take a student vote on the same thing this spring. "The purpose is to reinvigorate the passion that the game brings and to restore one of Texas A&M University's most time-honored traditions," the A&M resolution reads in part. Considering current college freshmen were simply trying to wade through intermediate school the last time UT and A&M played in 2011, they primarily have to rely on YouTube and tales of their elders on the mystique of what was once the state's most ballyhooed rivalry around Thanksgiving. The annual collision ended when A&M exited the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012, and while the programs have met in basketball and baseball among other sports since, football has been a no-go. A&M chancellor John Sharp told the Chronicle all of this sudden itching for the game could have been avoided going back seven years. He cited then-UT president Bill Powers, then-UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds and then-UT chancellor Francisco Cigarroa as refusing to budge on the matter in 2012 — that with A&M breaking the rivals' longtime league affiliation a nonconference football contest was not going to happen. "Right after we joined the SEC my board asked me to immediately ask UT to reinstate the game," Sharp said. "So I met with Bill Powers for lunch and asked to continue the game. He said no, that DeLoss Dodds was against it. Chancellor Cigarroa said the same thing." Scheduling is the main things holding back the revival these days, Sharp said, along with adding another treacherous game to what both sides consider already rugged fall schedules in bids to make the four-team College Football Playoff. "It all could have been done easier back then before we all started scheduling Power Five games," Sharp said. "Now, it's much more difficult because both teams have fixed schedules and both want to have easier games in between to rest up between Power Five games. "Both (school) presidents want to do this and they're working on it, but the delay from that early (request) has complicated it." UT president Gregory Fenves and A&M president Michael Young visited with Austin American-Statesman staff members last month and each said he was in favor of the game resuming — and then each spoke of the complications of scheduling marquee nonconference contests. "We told our (athletic directors) to figure out a plan and bring it to us," Fenves told the paper. The leaders should not hold their breath. A&M athletic director Scott Woodward told the Chronicle last August that his counterpart at UT, Chris Del Conte, called earlier in 2018 with an offer: How about a home-and-home revival for 2022 and 2023? Woodward told him no thanks. "We were already booked," Woodward said. "We're booked 10 years out. He had an opening at the time, and it suited him, but it didn't suit us." Meantime A&M and UT, separated by 90 miles of countryside, continue duking it out for the state's top recruits, all while not settling their differences on the football field — or giving prospects the opportunity to take in a helmet-to-helmet matchup. "I think Texas should play A&M annually to kick off the season," touted Hebron High safety Darius Snow, a member of the class of 2020, posted out of the blue to Twitter last week. "Just a thought." UT third-year coach Tom Herman has called for a renewal of the rivalry in the second game of each season. A&M second-year coach Jimbo Fisher said he doesn't consider it a big deal that the old rivals, who've met on 118 occasions, continually butt heads in recruiting but no longer butt helmets. "Our interest is east, with LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas ..." Fisher said. "That's where we go, and those are our rivalries, too. We're recruiting against all of them, too." The Longhorns contend the Aggies can look east all they want, but they also will always have to look at what's shaping up as quite longtime bragging rights — a 27-25 UT victory on Justin Tucker's 40-yard field goal as time expired on Thanksgiving in 2011. "That last game in College Station, who won that one?" Del Conte asked a crowd at the first Texas Athletics Town Hall last week, providing more evidence the rivalry indeed presses on. "We did. They've got to live with that." https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texas-sports-nation/college/article/Return-of-Aggies-vs-Longhorns-It-s-all-talk-for-13604216.php
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    2020 Recruiting Board/Thread

    College football's Top 25 recruiting classes for 2020, thus far https://247sports.com/LongFormArticle/Alabama-Texas-football-recruiting-Ohio-State-Georgia-national-signing-day-2020-128911789/#128911789_1
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    How Baylor Happened

    .We did not break the 8 year drought because of the defense which you termed lights out. LOL it was because of Sam Ellinger.the defense was rated 29th for Herman's first year and we were 7-6. You also know or should know that during that eight year drought we have had bad to lousy play from the QB position. As far as national championship, I was just answered your post from earlier. You really need to keep you. OU has competed for national championships with defenses that were so bad, you refuse to list them in your point. lol As far as next year's defense, all I know we have a lot of talented young guys and Herman said in his press conference is that the team is going to need a lot of young guys to step up.
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    How Baylor Happened

    Coming from the man who said that we had a lights out defense last year. LOL The definition of "mediocre" is moderate quality which to me means the same as "middle of the road" Yes, I didn't say that OU has competed for national championships with their defense the last two years. That's because I want UT to win national champions not just compete. The last two years OU had no chance in the championship series because of their defense. They were also able to go to the playoffs because they had the Heisman winners which you can't count on. It seems you have lower standards as a UT fan than I do which is fine to each his own. Historically, the National Championship team has a top 20 defense. I believe we have a better chance of winning a national championship with a top 20 or 30 rated defense (inflated because of the Big 12) than the way OU has gone to the playoffs the last two years. It looks like Lincoln Riley agrees with me since he fired his defensive coordinator.