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Florida State four-star 2018 verbal ATH commit Justin Watkins flipped to Texas.

Watkins is Texas' first commitment of the 2018 cycle. He flipped from his FSU pledge following his visit to Austin for junior day on Saturday. The 6-foot, 160-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 74 overall prospect. Over at Scout.com, the analysis team notes that he possesses "the capabilities to take it to the house each time he touches the ball, and flashes outstanding vision and cutback ability when navigating in the open field as well." Just what position Watkins will play with the Longhorns is not yet known. He could potentially suit up at corner, wideout or running back. On top of all of that, the dynamic athlete excels in the return game, too.
Feb 26 - 12:13 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Texas RB D'Onta Foreman has been running the 40-yard dash in training in the low-to-mid 4.5's.

Foreman is a big boy, with Pauline noting that he is currently weighing in at around 235 pounds. The analyst calls his reported 40 times "exceptional." The former Longhorn is a likely Day 2 selection in the draft. Pauline is of the opinion that Foreman is underrated as a pass-catching option out of the backfield.
Feb 23 - 6:47 PM

Texas senior TE Andrew Beck re-broke his foot.

He will be sidelined for at least the next three weeks. That timetable would wipe out the first week of spring practice. Beck, who hauled in four receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns last season, is the favorite to start at tight end.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 23 - 11:58 AM

Texas sophomore QB Shane Buechele re-aggravated an old thumb injury last season.

Buechele initially suffered the injury in high school. While it's uncertain when he aggravated it, 247 Sports opines that it happened during Texas’ 24-20 loss to West Virginia. Buechele's thumb is not expected to require surgery.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 23 - 10:43 AM

Ricklan Holmes, the head coach at John Tyler High, said that Texas freshman WR Damion Miller is "a guy whose ceiling hasn't been met yet."

"He's going to bring a mentality to that receiving core where once he steps out that locker room and goes to the practice field, guys will understand why he's there," Holmes said. "There won't be a question." The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder certainly has the athletic chops, having run a 4.49-second 40-yard dash and logged a 36.9-inch vertical leap at The Opening regional in Dallas last summer.
Feb 21 - 8:02 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes Texas RB D'Onta Foreman "does not get the credit he deserves as a pass catcher out of the backfield."

"Foreman won’t be a running back for every team, but he will play at the next level," Pauline wrote. "The Texas junior is a powerful downhill runner with surprising small-area quickness as well as a burst." As Pauline notes, Formeman's game isn't for everybody. One NFC Scouting Director told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein earlier this month that Foreman's pass protection skills were "awful."
Feb 20 - 3:47 PM

One NFC Scouting Director told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein that Texas RB D'Onta Foreman's pass protection skills are "awful."

"Our coaches won't put him out there if they think he'll get the quarterback killed," the NFL personnel man said. There will be some disagreement with this statement, as Pro Football Focus charted Foreman with zero sacks in pass protection at some point this season. The truth is somewhere in the middle, and Texas' offensive style plays a big part. Many passes were off play action and were quick throws, either outside breaking routes versus off coverage or downfield shots. Foreman's pass pro reps do not translate easily to many NFL offenses.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 11:14 AM

While appearing on a Houston radio show, Texas RB D'Onta Foreman said that he played with a broken hand during the 2016 season.

"I played during the season with a broken hand that nobody knew about. I just kept it under wraps," Foreman said. The injury failed to negatively impact his season, though, as the Longhorns standout finished out having rushed for 2,028 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns scored over the course of 11 games. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as a third-round selection in this spring's draft. He has been comped to LeGarrette Blount and Jonathan Stewart.
Feb 14 - 5:00 PM

Texas RB D'Onta Foreman fumbled once out of every 74.3 times he touched the ball on offense.

Foreman is viewed as a power back who has long speed to create some long runs if he gets to the third level with momentum. For that reason, the LeGarrette Blount comparisons have already started. We saw a 6-foot-3, 247-pound running back in Derrick Henry put up great athletic testing scores, but the same is not expected with Foreman. Running backs of his size are not very common in this age of football.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 13 - 9:40 AM

Texas senior WR Jake Oliver retired from football.

Oliver is going to graduate in May. He said he wants to focus on his future. The 6-foot-3 former four-star prospect finished second on the team in receptions (33) and fifth in receiving yards (358) last season. "After giving it a lot of thought with my family, I’ve decided to forego my remaining eligibility and begin my future career path," Oliver said.
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 3:51 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell referred to Texas HC Tom Herman's first recruiting class with the Longhorns a "rough" one.

"He didn’t get the buzz a lot of people expected with the hire. He missed on [DE] Chaisson and [T] Stephan Zabie. It was a really rough transition year for him," Farrell writes. Despite finishing with Rivals' No. 31 class, the Longhorns still landed the second-best recruiting haul in the Big 12 (Oklahoma landed a top-10 class to serve as top of the pops for the conference). We would like to see what Herman can do with a full cycle at Texas before we cast too many judgments.
Source: Rivals
Feb 3 - 6:40 PM

Texas flipped three-star 2017 DT Jamari Chisholm from UCF.

Chisholm's recruitment saw a flurry of developments in the final days. Following an official visit to UCF in late January, he committed to the Knights. However, just days later, the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder has opted for HC Tom Herman and the Longhorns. He comes with an imposing physical profile, but could probably stand to add a few more pounds.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 1 - 2:22 PM

NJ.com's Mark Eckel spoke to one NFL scout who called Texas RB D'Onta Foreman "kind of just a big, slow guy."

It doesn't sound like the evaluator is impressed. Expect to read a ton of LeGarrette Blount comparisons for Foreman during the draft process. Although Blount has been awesome with the Patriots, he did struggle at times with other clubs and is not the type of runner teams tend to use when behind on the scoreboard. Foreman's production in 2016 was insane.
Source: NJ.com
Jan 30 - 11:06 AM

Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 JUCO LB Gary Johnson.

Johnson took an official visit to Texas last weekend, one which helped to sway him over to HC Tom Herman's side. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder will have three seasons to play two at Texas. Rivals ranks Johnson as the No. 4 JUCO prospect in the 2017 class, while the ESPN JC50 notes that former Alabama pledge is "a premium LB prospect with top-level speed, strength and explosiveness." Johnson is the ninth player to commit to Texas since Herman took over for Charlie Strong.
Jan 21 - 2:21 PM

Texas hired Bears RB coach Stan Drayton to serve as assistant head coach and running game coordinator.

Drayton spent the last two seasons as Bears RB coach. He helped unleash rookie back Jordan Howard (1,313 yards) on an unsuspecting NFL during the 2016 campaign. Prior to joining the Bears, Drayton was a member of Ohio State's staff from 2011-2015. While with the Buckeyes, he spent time alongside Texas HC Tom Herman. Drayton has proven success as a recruiter, including one gem which will stand on his resume for the rest of eternity. He helped to lure Ezekiel Elliott to Ohio State. With Drayton's hiring, Herman's new Longhorns staff has locked into place for 2017.
Jan 3 - 5:41 PM


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