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  1. Per his Snapchat, sophomore DT Jordan Elliott is transferring out of Texas. Very odd and unfortunate because I expected him to contribute this fall and he logged quality snaps before getting hurt last year. We've obviously said more attrition was coming and this certainly won't be the last. UPDATE: Marcel Southall is gone too.
  2. As a Houston guy I love this and his family doesn't have to go far to see him. D'Onta Foreman plucked on the third round by the Texans after a longer than expected wait.
  3. The first attrition candidate has emerged. Redshirt freshman TE Peyton Aucoin announced on Twitter he is leaving Texas.
  4. I think we need a place to dump, er, share the more humorous Tom Herman parody tweets. Right now, we have a leader in the clubhouse - @TomTheHerman. Part Mensa-certified head coach, part alien. What is his fascination with "alignment" and Jenga? Stay tuned...
  5. With the spring game in the rearview mirror and the coaching staff about to hit the road to see recruits during the evaluation period, recruiting is about to become the primary focus once again before hitting the summer lull on calendar. We are often asked how we see the recruiting class playing out and which recruits we think will end up factoring in come National Signing Day. While we won’t always have the answers, we will always provide you with the facts along with our opinions mixed in along the way. This piece falls in the opinion category and the aim is to generate some discussion as we kick off the part of the year that most college football fans dread, as they count down the days until the season kicks off. In this article, each individual on the HornSports staff was polled to see which five recruits in the 2018 recruiting class they considered to be must haves in regards to Texas. This doesn’t mean these guys are necessarily going to end up at Texas, but it is more of a top priority list based on the individual’s preference. -Daniel Seahorn- Keaontay Ingram With D’Onta Foreman declaring for the NFL Draft, the coaching staff has a tall order filling his shoes. Even though the staff signed Toneil Carter and Daniel Young this past cycle, they still need to sign a stud running back this cycle. It’s a down year in-state, but Ingram is a stud and his ability to be a catch the ball out of the backfield makes him an even bigger asset in the new offense. When Urban Meyer is personally recruiting you, then you know you are doing something right as a player. BJ Foster When you debate about who the top player in the state of Texas is this cycle, then the conversation has to include Foster. The five star safety from Angleton has long been high on the Longhorns, and would give the class one heck of a headline and credibility within the state. When I saw Foster at The Opening as a sophomore last summer, he already looked like he belonged as one of the nation’s elite prospects. Despite him missing most of his junior season with an injury, my feelings remain unchanged on Foster. Anthony Cook The highest rated prospect of the Lamar trio, Cook is one of the highest rated and most polished corners in the entire country. While Jalen Green certainly has a case for being the state’s top corner, Cook hails from “DB High” and would keep a talent rich pipeline steadily flowing towards Austin. Getting D’Shawn Jamison and Al’vonte Woodard in the boat certainly wouldn’t hurt Texas’ chances with Cook down the line. Rafiti Ghirmai With Connor Williams likely being a three and done NFL talent, and right tackle already being a liability, Ghirmai is an easy pick for me in this class. Like running back, it’s a down year in-state at the tackle position, but Ghirmai is a high upside prospect that holds offers from some of the top prospects in the country. Texas needs more bodies like Ghirmai in the pipeline, as they prepare for life without Williams on the blind side. Max Wright While this recruitment started off as a long shot, the race seems to have tightened a bit and the Longhorns are in the thick of things along with Texas A&M. Wright easily had some of the most enjoyable and dominant tape I turned on of any recruits this cycle, and from the moment I got a chance to watch him I knew he was going to rank highly on my list of must have recruits. Texas needs more difference makers in the front seven and Wright is exactly that. -Harrison Wier- Anthony Cook There’s a reason Cook is the No. 2 ranked corner in the country. It is essential for Texas to reel in the Houston Lamar product. Not only could they use the depth at corner, but also reeling in the 5-star could have a domino effect on the other Texas recruits coming out of Houston Lamar. If Texas lands Cook, they will also be in even better shape with Al’vonte Woodard and D’shawn Jamison. Cook also has the potential to be an early contributor for the Longhorns. His talent out of the secondary is worth the hype. Keaontay Ingram As seen this spring, Texas is having depth issues at running back. With injuries piling up and Chris Warren III possibly heading to the NFL contingent on a good year, Texas must restock the position. Fortunately, Ingram is the perfect candidate. After the Texas State Championships last season, Ingram really blew up. He carried Carthage to the state title, rushing for 2,225 yards total in the 2016 season. After Junior Day Ingram was close to pulling the trigger and committing to Texas, but wanted to take his time in the process. Texas stands in a very good position with Ingram. If they miss out on the Carthage product, they will have to look out of state for a running back. Tom Herman and Stan Drayton do not want to do that. Brennan Eagles Eagles is the perfect candidate to come into the Texas offense and factor in at outside wide receiver. The main issue for Texas? Their wide receiver corps is stacked. It also certainly does not help that Eagles is being recruited by the likes of Clemson, LSU, and Ohio State. Tom Herman and Drew Mehringer are going to have their work cut out for them until February in this recruitment. With Collin Johnson likely only being here for two more seasons, this staff needs to find an outside threat capable of replacing him. By the time Eagles arrived on campus, he could even be Johnson’s compliment on the outside. It’s a good equation for Texas, but they must execute. Eagles wants to see how Texas performs this season. He is not interested in rebuilding a program. He wants to win, and wants to see Texas win. If Herman gets at least 8 wins in 2017, they will be squarely in the mix for Eagles. Malcolm Epps The tight end position is the biggest area of need for Texas. With Reese Leitao only having a small chance of making it to campus, Cade Brewer needing a redshirt season, and Andrew Beck not being consistently healthy, Texas must take at least 1 tight end in ’18. Unfortunately the top target on the Longhorns board, Mustapha Muhammad, is trending heavily towards Michigan. The next target on Texas’ board is Dekaney tight end Malcolm Epps. As of right now, this recruitment appears to be split 50/50 between Texas and Texas A&M. The issue for Herman right now is that he cannot use the tight end much in his offense because of injuries. Hopefully, Herman will be able to utilize Andrew Beck enough in 2017 to show ’18 tight ends enough to bring them on board. Another positive on this is that Texas could take 2 tight ends in both Malcolm Epps and Bralen Taylor. If Taylor were offered, Texas would be in a good position. However, the lack of an offer has hurt the Longhorns with Taylor at the moment. Tom Herman has some ground to make up if/when he offers Taylor. For now, he should focus on Epps. Rafiti Ghirmai Texas is hurting at right tackle on the offensive line. In another year they will be hurting at left tackle, too after the almost inevitable departure of future NFL offensive linemen Connor Williams. With this in mind, Texas must land a tackle in the 2018 class. The best available tackle that Texas has a legitimate chance with is Rafiti Ghirmai. Texas is the early favorite for the Frisco Wakeland offensive tacle, but other major programs are creeping in. Alabama, LSU, and Florida are all legitimate threats for Ghirmai. Derek Warehime has some serious work cut out for him down the road. However if Texas lands Ghirmai, they may have a solution to one out of 2 problems at offensive tackle. -Will Baizer- Mustapha Muhammad Texas has needed a playmaking tight end for a very, very long time. Texas has missed on the top in-state prospect at tight-end every single year since 2009. In fact, last year was Texas’ best in-state haul at the position since MJ McFarland back in 2011. Texas needs to reverse this trend this year, and bring in a top tight end who can play early. This year, that prospect comes in the form of Mustapha Muhammad, Fort Bend Ridge Point’s 6’4” 235 pound, do-it-all tight end. Muhammad is by far the best tight end in the state. It is extremely rare to find a complete tight end that is polished in both catching and blocking right out of high school. He’s a guy who would be in the fight to be a starter the moment he stepped on the field at Texas. Rafiti Ghirmai Connor Williams will not be playing for Texas in 2018. Longhorn fans might as well start to come to terms with that fact starting now, so the pain is dulled when he declares for the NFL Draft. Behind him are a bunch of guys who are unproven at the college level. This means Texas is seriously lacking depth at the tackle position. Unfortunately, the state is not incredibly loaded this cycle when it comes to the offensive tackles. That’s why Texas needs to land Ghirmai and he is a top priority. The 6’5” 290lbs Frisco Wakeland product is the closest thing in this cycle to a sure thing. He has displayed impressive power and technique along with having the best film of any offensive lineman in the state. After a few big misses in 2017, Texas really needs to hit on Ghirmaii Ghirmai to start to establish some solid depth at the tackle position. Anthony Cook Next year there is a very good chance Texas loses one or two of their top corners to the NFL. Tom Herman has been on record saying that he is only comfortable with three corners this year. Texas needs to stockpile corners in the 2018 class, especially since this class is loaded with them. This move to stockpile must to start in Houston with Anthony Cook, the top cornerback in the state. Cook is a ferocious corner. At 170 pounds, he plays with the strength of 220 pounds and knows exactly how to use his hands to maximize that strength. He is a great and polished cornerback with a very high ceiling. Texas will need a corner who can come in and provide instant, reliable depth the second he puts on burnt orange. Cook is capable of being that guy. Alston Orji Texas has been searching for an answer at inside linebacker since Steve Edmond and Peter Jinkens left. Texas has not been able to land a high school prospect at the position for a few years now. This leaves Texas in a position where they have three juniors at inside linebacker and basically no one else behind them. Texas needs to start building depth here fast and Alston Orji seems to be the answer. There are a lot of publications out there that currently are not high on the Rockwall linebacker; however, I was impressed with what I saw from him when I watched him during camps this spring. Orji displayed something that I find very important for linebackers, especially in a pass happy league like the Big 12: coverage ability. When Orji drops back he displays sound field awareness, understanding of responsibility, and ability to break on a ball. At 6’2” 220 pounds, Orji is strong enough to take on an offensive guard and adept enough at the pass rush that he’ll fit a Todd Orlando scheme easily. Orji is the best linebacker in the state that Texas has a shot with. Since this year appears to be a down year at the linebacker position, Orji is a must get. Leon O’Neal Jr. I don’t think I’ve met a recruit with that is more outspoken and has more work ethic than Leon O’Neal Jr. Although it is something you can’t always tell, I’m almost positive O’Neal really does have the mindset necessary to succeed at the next level. And that’s not all that he has. Along with his mindset he has length, speed, size, and polish. He’d come into the Texas and maintain a steady stream of necessary talent at the safety position and become a coach on the field later on in his career. On top of all this, O'Neal has clout. If Texas were to sway O'Neal to sport the burnt orange, then they would immediately be in a good position for the vast majority of the talent in state. He is a must get.
  6. Per his Instagram account, former Syracuse TE Kendall Moore is transferring to Texas. With depth being razor thin this is a solid addition for Texas.
  7. Texas football took to social media today to give fans a taste of what the new, upgraded facilities will look like in the fall. Tom Herman wasn't kidding when he said they would be top of the line. What are your thoughts? Take a look below:
  8. Tom Herman gave a 9-minute interview on SportsCenter recently. He did not go into much detail, but some of his comments were certainly worth the listen. This is a football coach that definitely has a plan in place for every little detail. I hope you enjoy the interview. I have provided the link below!
  9. It's never as bad or as good as you think. That's what coaches will always tell you when they go back and look at the film from games, practices, and scrimmages. Today's spring game provided us with the good, bad, and the ugly of the Texas Longhorn football team from the big plays made on both sides of the ball to the lack of quality depth at some key positions. Here are some of my takeaways from Texas' final scrimmage of the spring, as they prepare to head into the summer portion of the calendar. One of the biggest and most notable things was the play of Shane Buechele today. Buechele was sharp, crisp, and accurate for majority of the scrimmage and while he had the one interception he didn’t make many bad passes or decisions out there and was impressive. Buechele finished 23 of 39 for 369 yards and two touchdowns. Sam Ehlinger on the other hand a rough go throughout the day and much of it can be attributed to the fact that the second team offensive line didn’t protect him well at all. While the numbers weren’t great and he definitely looked like a kid who just graduated from high school, he flashed at times and made some nice throws. Ehlinger finished the day 10 of 31 passing for 148 yards and a touchdown. All things considered, Buechele seems to be much further along right now and looked more comfortable out there today. Herman mentioned that they are still in the hunt for a grad transfer and I think that would be ideal so that Ehlinger can redshirt. I think that would be most beneficial in the long run. Freshman running back Toneil Carter received the bulk of the carries today with injuries piling up and while he ran hard and broke some tackles I was a little underwhelmed. He also put the ball on the ground and as Tom Herman noted will have to improve in pass protection. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about the state of the running back position. I think they need to be checking the waiver wire for a back as well personally. While the first team offensive line held up well and protected Buechele, the second team unit had a very forgettable day at the office and had Ehlinger running for his life for most of the day. Depth on the OL is going to be a concern and coaches probably hope they won’t have to give Terrell Cuney meaningful snaps anytime soon. The wide receiver threesome of Collin Johnson, Devin Duvernay, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey is going to give defenses headaches. Johnson looked as advertised and tallied two touchdown catches, Humphrey made a grown man touchdown catch over Kris Boyd, and Duvernay had a nice catch run as well. A nice surprise today was Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, who consistently got open and moved the chains and you also have to mention Dorian Leonard. This group is deep and talented and is only going to get better with time. While the second team defense surrendered plenty of yardage to the offense, the first team defense absolutely terrorized the second team offensive line and Sam Ehlinger. The sacks and pressures came in bunches for Todd Orlando’s first team defense, and it no doubt gave the offensive coaches plenty of things to coach up going into the summer. Jordan Elliott notched at least two sacks today during the scrimmage. If he gets his weight down and keeps coming along he is going to be quite the player. Jeff McCulloch notched a nice sack against a future first round pick in Connor Williams and continues to get better. I bet we will see a lot of The Shark in the fall. Chris Brown notched himself a pick against Shane Buechele and also had the big hit of scrimmage along the sideline on Toneil Carter on a swing pass. Brown was a big hitter in high school and continues to lay the wood in Austin. Eric Cuffee had a rough day at the office. He got picked on a bit throughout the game and he also took the worst of a collision with Toneil Carter. Anyone else listen to how Herman talked about the upgraded lockers when asked about it during the scrimmage? He’s definitely aware of the gap in facilities between Texas and schools in close proximity to Austin. Love that Herman tried to ice Josh Rowland during a spring game to try to throw him off. Rowland went 3 for 4 today with his lone miss coming from 49 yards out. Also love that Herman didn’t end the scrimmage in a tie and had the first team offense and defense go at it on 4th down at the two yard line. Constantly putting the players in a position to compete. This post has been promoted to an article
  10. When: Saturday, April 15Time: 1:00 PM (Gates open at 11 a.m.) Venue: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Location: Austin, Texas TV: Longhorn Network (pregame starts at noon; one-hour postgame show) Radio: 104.9 The Horn Discuss the Spring game here and tell us what you think/saw. Our Will Baizer will be covering the game at DKR from the box. #HookEm Football is in the air........
  11. WOW. These are amazing. If the rest of the renovations look like this, Texas will have some impressive facilities moving forward.
  12. In January, Parish Cobb was suspended indefinitely for his connection in an armed robbery in his hometown of Waco. Today Cobb was arrested in connection with another robbery, this time in Norman. As a recruit, Texas was high on Cobb's radar for some time. Eventually Cobb chose Oklahoma over his hometown team Baylor. It looks as if Texas dodged a bullet with this one. Stay tuned for more updates on the situation. In his freshman season, Cobb played in 4 games at Oklahoma. The CB recorded 7 total tackles in those 4 games.
  13. My love affair with Tom F'n Herman (TFH) should last until September's opening kick-off with Maryland. Chip says that he's already playing "bad cop". Can we expect a few defections this summer? We need a few more scholarships to open up due to attrition. — Twitter API (@twitterapi) November 7, 2011
  14. Hydration is a huge aspect of Tom Herman's 'championship' game plan. So much, in fact, that he decided to hang these signs above the toilets in the Moncrief bathrooms. Coach Herman is not playing around. The championship mentality follows his players wherever they go.
  15. Texas football will be the headliner for Kennesaw State's satellite camp in Georgia on June 11. Herman is immediately going out of state to spread the Texas brand. What are your thoughts? Details of the camp are below:
  16. An anonymous HS football coach took to Reddit to discuss what happened this weekend at the Longhorns' Coaches Clinic. If you're at all interested, please check it out. There is some great content and inside information in the post. https://www.reddit.com/r/CFB/comments/64bfss/went_to_a_coaches_clinic_at_university_of_texas/
  17. I'm way late to start this thread, but here it is. D'Onta Foreman has been making himself some money today.
  18. Texas and now down to two scholarship quarterbacks. Matthew Merrick is leaving the team to focus on academics.
  19. Could be something to keep an eye on here. Per Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, LSU graduate transfer Brandon Harris will make a visit to Texas along with Arizona and North Carolina. I'm not high on Harris personally, but he would give you another body in quarterback room and allow you to redshirt Ehlinger.
  20. The offseason is in full swing and while we are months away from seeing football games that count in the record column, we still have spring football practices to look forward to, as Tom Herman and his staff kickoff their first spring in Austin. With the turnover on staff this offseason that means new philosophies and schemes are being installed on both sides of the ball, so this will be uncharted territory for the player and coaches alike. Every player is working with a fresh slate and this will no doubt at fuel to what is sure to be a competitive spring, as the depth chart starts to shake itself out a bit. Herman has said before that there are no starters entering spring practice, and while that is mostly true, I think we can pencil in several players as starters knowing what we know from the past couple seasons. There are several storylines to keep an eye on this spring, but I am going to break down a few I will be watching in particular as we get off and running into spring practice. The Quarterbacks I want to go ahead and get this one out of the way. Shane Buechele had a very solid true freshman season under center for Texas in 2016, but Sam Ehlinger is campus and there is chatter that he will be given an opportunity to win the job heading into the fall. Personally I think Ehlinger should redshirt and be given time to adapt to the college setting and create separation between he and Buechele, but that doesn’t seem to be in cards right now. Ehlinger fits Herman’s offense like a glove and it seems like a forgone conclusion that he is going to see the field in some capacity in 2017. I think Ehlinger’s arrival will be good for Buechele, as it will get the competitive juices flowing and bring out the best of both he and Sam. Here’s hoping both come out of the spring healthy because Texas is still pretty thin at the position. The Right Side of the Offensive Line I think we can pencil in Connor Williams and Jake McMillon in as starters on the left side of the offensive line, and I think it is safe to say Zach Shackelford is going to be penciled in at center. From there on I think the final two spots on the offensive will be up for grabs this spring and there will be lots of tinkering from Derek Warehime. Patrick Vahe had an uneven sophomore year, but will likely get the first look at the other guard spot with guys like Denzel Okafor and Patrick Hudson getting looks as well. Warehime will also have to find a solution at right tackle, as I’m not convinced that Tristen Nickelson is the answer just yet. I expect would expect Jean Delance to get some looks there and would be surprised if he isn’t the long term answer at one of the tackle spots. Tight End Texas is ridiculously thin here and I expect there to be a body or two moved here to help them get by this spring. Andrew Beck is your likely starter at this point with Peyton Aucoin coming off the bench, with Cade Brewer arriving this summer. I said before I expected Reese Leitao to factor in heavily early on once he arrived this summer due to his skillset, but due to his off the field transgressions I can’t project him into equation at this point. Texas has had the worst luck at this position for some time now, and unless they find a capable grad transfer I think their woes will continue another year. The goal here will be to just make it thru the spring without losing anyone to injury. The Defensive Line This particular group has already been publicly called out by Tom Herman for not being in the best of shape and on top of that the coaches are going to have to figure out where guys fit in scheme wise for Todd Orlando’s defense. I curious to see which guys take Herman’s comments as a challenge and rise up and make a move on the depth chart. Jordan Elliott has been commended for the work he has put in this offseason, and now that he is healthy I think he is in position to have a big spring. Linebackers Like the defensive line, this is about who is factoring in where. There has been talk of Breckyn Hager moving to inside linebacker and Malik Jefferson willing the “Rover” role, so it will be interesting to see how players adjust to new roles under Orlando. It seems like we’ve been on the brink of a breakout year for 5th year senior Naashon Hughes for some time now, and I wonder if the light will finally come on for a guy who has all of the physical tools in the world, but that light bulb seems to be flickering come the season. This is a contract year for Hughes, so it is now or never. The Secondary It’s safe to say that this group a pretty rough 2016 season. A lot was expected of guys like Holton Hill and Davante Davis, but both had miserable sophomore seasons for various reasons. With the new staff in place, these guys have a chance to start over from scratch and a chance to try to get back on track. Aside from seeing growth and development on the back end, I am anxious to see what combinations we see at corner and safety. Kris Boyd really started to come on as the season wore on, and if you can get Hill playing like he is capable you got yourself a very solid group of starting corners. At safety all eyes will be guys like DeShon Elliott, Jason Hall, and Brandon Jones. Again there is talent there, but can the coaches get the most out of them and find the right combination? Special Teams There is no way of sugarcoating it. Texas was absolutely awful on special teams (outside of Michael Dickson’s punting) last year and they have to improve in that phase of the game if they don’t want to have similar results in 2017. Herman’s first commitment was a junior college kicker in Josh Rowland, and he is going to step right in to assume the kicking duties for the Longhorns. Rowland was a JUCO All-American and is already on campus this spring, so it will be interesting to hear how he faring this spring. Outside of kicking, I want to see if blocking and execution across the board improves in this phase and I want to see if Texas can find a return man that can actually do more than fair catch the football.
  21. Former Texas quarterback David Ash says he has been cleared medically to return to football. Will participate in Texas' Pro Day. Ash previously gave up football due to concussions.
  22. Pretty neat deal. Coaching staff is making everyone feel important from high school coaches, to current students and even prominent alumni.
  23. Man oh man. What a day. I haven't laughed this hard in quite some time. What makes it even better is the fact that Haines' former teammates chimed in to poke fun at the "Human Hurdle." Full thread coming.
  24. Will soon be announced he has taken a position at SMU. Has been in the works for awhile.
  25. Per Max Olson of ESPN, Texas wide receiver Jake Oliver is giving up football and forgoing his senior year.
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