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ESPN's Tom Luginbill sees Texas four-star 2019 verbal WR commit Jake Smith as being a mirror image of former SMU WR Trey Quinn.

"Just two savvy, smart players who know how to get open and have better speed for which they get credit," Luginbill writes. The analyst speaks repeatedly to Smith's reliability, referring to him as "reliable and noting that "[y]ou know exactly what you are going to get with him." Smith (6'1/189) slides into the ESPN 300 at No. 82 overall. We already know that HC Tom Herman can bring in defensive stars -- we're fascinated to see whether he can settle the offense. Commitments like Smith's are certainly helpful on that front.
Jun 9 - 1:29 PM

FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt predicts that Texas will win the Big 12.

Klatt released his conference winner picks to Twitter on Thursday. Two of his five squads -- Alabama and Clemson in the SEC and ACC, respectively -- are right on brand for the national consensus. His pick of Stanford for the Pac-12 is likewise understandable enough, though we'd probably give Washington a slight edge on that one. Then things get interesting. Klatt was unable to pick a winner for the Big Ten, listing Ohio State, Michigan State and Wisconsin as his favorites, there. Penn State and Michigan are the obvious odd men out on that front. The analyst also likes Texas to win the Big 12. That's the easiest one to push back on, though we'll admit to being intrigued -- smitten? -- by the defense HC Tom Herman is forging in Austin.
Jun 9 - 1:16 PM

Texas hired former Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst and TCU associate athletic director for marketing and licensing Drew Martin to serve as executive senior associate athletics director for internal affairs and external affairs, respectively.

Martin has been working at TCU since 2012. That was actually the same year that Eichorst was brought on to serve as athletic director in Lincoln, though he was let go in September of 2017 due in part to the football program's adrift nature.
Jun 7 - 4:01 PM

Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Jake Smith.

Smith was believed to be down to Texas and USC for his services, and he makes the pledge to the Longhorns. He ranks as the second-best player in the state of Arizona in the 2019 class, and 17th among wide receivers according to 247 Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-1, 189-pound receiver can make tacklers miss in the open field according to scouting reports, but also has sure hands and could be a very effective slot receiver. Texas now has the 12th best class according to 247 Sports rankings, and second in the Big 12 behind only Oklahoma.
Jun 4 - 11:05 AM

Texas received a verbal commitment from 2020 QB Hudson Card.

Card (6'2/170) is the first prospect from the 2020 class to opt in with the Longhorns. His offers list also included Ole Miss, Oregon, Michigan and Arizona (among others). This upcoming season will be his first starting at quarterback for Lake Travis (Tex.), as he had previously been blocked by Matthew Baldwin. Baldwin signed on with Ohio State over the winter. A sign of his athleticism, the dual-threat quarterback began his high school career as a receiver. On the 247Sports composite board, Card ranks as the No. 170 overall player in the 2020 class.
May 26 - 12:14 PM

Texas received a verbal commitment from five-star 2019 T Tyler Johnson.

Johnson is a consensus five-star player, and he ranks 33rd overall -- seventh among tackles -- in 247 Sports composite rankings. He picks the Longhorns over schools like Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida and Georgia; to name a select few. At 6-foot-5, 308-pounds, Johnson already has the size to compete, and reports indicate he might be able to do just that when he enrolls. The Longhorns just might have picked up their left tackle of the future.
Source: Hookem.com
May 25 - 8:45 PM

Rivals analyst Nick Krueger passes along that eight programs -- Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Oregon and Tennessee -- have extended offers to uncommitted 2020 QB Hudson Card since May 3.

"His athletic ability, potential, and opportunity within a program that is a proven quarterback factory all explain the eagerness to offer him this spring," Krueger writes. And Card is just getting started. Like literally. He did not start for Lake Travis (Tex.) last season due to the presence of current Ohio State freshman Matthew Baldwin. With two years of potential starting action ahead of him, his recruitment only figures to heat up as he embarks on his junior year of high school ball.
Source: Rivals
May 19 - 3:07 PM

Texas junior LB Jeffrey McCulloch registered three sacks during the team's spring game.

McCulloch (6'3/225) was a highly-regarded four-star recruit -- No. 26 on the ESPN 300 -- when he signed with the Longhorns in the winter of 2016. He opened his career in Austin posting an encouraging 22 tackles as a true freshman, but managed just 10 for the past campaign. While his physical upside has not dissipated, this August will be a pivotal stage for his chances at real playing time in the fall.
May 17 - 3:51 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Texas four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Roschon Johnson to Texas A&M sophomore QB Kellen Mond.

"As with Mond coming out of high school, Johnson has a high ceilings but isn't quite polished," Luginbill writes of the 6-foot-1, 203-pound Texas commit. "Both prospects are good athletes, have a live arm and are dangerous true dual-threat types who will only progress as passers." We saw Mond play extensively for the Aggies as a true freshman and Luginbill's comp offers a pretty clear picture of how we should view Johnson developmentally. That is to say, he doesn't figure to be ready to start for the Longhorns right off the bat should he stick with his pledge and sign on with the program next winter. While there's still considerable work to be done with Johnson before he's ready to step into the spotlight down in Austin, Luginbill views the four-star signal-caller as a perfect fit for HC Tom Herman's offense. He goes so far to say that he catches whiffs of Herman protege Braxton Miller in Johnson's style of play.
May 17 - 2:22 PM

ESPN's John Trotter lists Texas junior WR Lil' Jordan Humphrey as the standout player for the Longhorns in spring practices.

Humphrey (6'5/225) has shown flashes of brilliance in his time at Texas, but it sounds like he's ready to take a step forward to complement star wideout Colin Johnson. "Whether catching passes on the outside, hauling them in down the seam or taking the ball out of the backfield, Humphrey was making plays everywhere in the spring game," Trotter writes. "His versatility could be a huge component for the Texas offense in the fall."
Source: ESPN
May 13 - 12:00 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 WR Jake Smith will decide between USC and Texas.

The decision could be coming soon. Smith (6'0/185) will visit USC on May 18, and Texas on June 1. While the talented wideout did camp with USC, he's considered a Texas lean, with 247 Sports Crystal Ball projections predicting him signing with the Longhorns. He ranks 18th on the site's composite rankings, and second overall among players in Arizona.
Source: 247 Sports
May 11 - 5:52 PM

Rivals analyst Adam Gorney believes that Texas three-star 2019 verbal TE commit Brayden Liebrock "deserve[s] to be considered among the top tight ends in the country."

"The 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end looks excellent on the hoof and he has tremendous athleticism, so he’s a matchup nightmare all over the field," writes Gorney of Liebrock. He notes that the Texas pledge was "completely unstoppable" at the adidas West Coast Invitational earlier this spring and that he "dominated in every way." Liebrock currently fails to crack the Rivals250, but we're guessing that could change come the next rankings release.
Source: Rivals
May 11 - 3:43 PM

Cal redshirt senior RB Tre Watson transferred to Texas as a graduate.

Watson (5'10/190) was going to land in the state of Texas one way or another, as his two finalists were the Longhorns and Red Raiders. LSU and earlier, BYU, had also been in the offseason hunt to reel in the grad transfer. While Watson played in just two games with the Golden Bears last season before missing the rest of the campaign due to a knee injury, he posted 709 yards rushing and a quartet of touchdowns when healthy in 2016 and makes for a strong addition to Texas' work-in-progress offense. He's got a clear path to carries with a productive summer. Already rostered backs Toneil Carter and Daniel Young both struggled at times with ball security and consistency in the spring -- an issue which HC Tom Herman was not afraid to speak about publicly -- and while Young was reportedly making positive strides near the end of the spring, the position should be considered a pretty open one.
May 6 - 7:21 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman said at the end of spring practice that the running backs group "[hadn't] improved quite dramatically like some of those other positions" during spring practice.

Herman had a few moments of public fire for his running backs room over the course of spring practice, most notably due to issues Toneil Carter and Daniel Young had with their ball security. He at one point called for an "open tryout" at the position. Things appear to have improved since then, with 247Sports' Jeff Howe relaying from his little birdies that sophomore Young took Herman's criticism to heart and was on the upward trajectory at the end of spring practice. Young rushed for 373 yards (4.6 YPC) and three touchdowns as a true freshman a year ago. The team could still benefit from adding another back to the mix, though, and we view Austin as a perfect landing spot for Cal's Tre Watson. Watson is deciding between the Longhorns and Texas Tech. Both programs would offer him opportunities for carries, but Texas is -- we think -- very close to leveling up in the Big 12, a proclamation that we would not feel remotely comfortable making about Texas Tech.
Source: 247Sports
May 6 - 12:55 PM

Transferring Cal redshirt senior RB Tre Watson has narrowed his list to Texas and Texas Tech.

Watson (5'10/190) had originally announced that he was going to make his decision on Saturday, but announced via Twitter that he's "going to take another day at least to really evaluate" his options. He also said the one thing he could say was that he was going to be living in Texas, meaning previous finalist LSU is out. The soon-to-be former Golden Bear played in only two games because of a knee injury last year, but rushed for 709 yards and four scores when healthy in 2016.
May 5 - 12:57 PM


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