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Texas HC Charlie Strong indicated that he is not concerned when recruiting targets commit to other programs.

When Strong's targets initially commit elsewhere, he merely shifts his focus to grinding the opponent into metaphorical recruiting dust. Said Strong, "A lot of times when a young man commits early, that’s the school you know you gotta go beat. Just go beat up that school until you get him to change his mind." Strong's long-game approach led to a strong (puns) push on National Signing Day in February, including a flip of five-star LB Erick Fowler from an expected LSU signing. The Longhorns also unexpected cleaned up after Baylor lit itself on fire back in May, scooping up freshman four-star studs such as WR Devin Duvernay and OL Patrick Hudson. "With this group that's coming in," Strong said, "either some of them may have an opportunity to start or they're going to provide a lot of depth for us."
Source: Rivals
Jul 21 - 3:53 PM

Texas freshman QB Shane Buechele is the favorite to start, according to Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News.

Longhorns HC Charlie Strong was asked by a reporter if any quarterback on the roster was capable of winning the Big 12. The reporter did not mention a name. Strong responded by saying "he’s going to be young," an obvious allusion to the teenager Buechele. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound wowed over the spring, running new coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s new up-tempo offense as though he grew up in the system. To start in the heavily anticipated opener against Notre Dame on Sept. 4, Buechele will have to hold off senior Tyrone Swoopes and sophomore Jerrod Heard next month. Strong indicated he may play two quarterbacks in the opener to employ Swoopes’ Wildcat package. Some took that to mean that Swoopes has essentially been ruled out of consideration for the starting spot, and Strong didn't try to dissuade them from that option especially hard. "It really doesn’t bother me for a freshman to start at quarterback," Strong said. "He’s surrounded by enough."
Jul 20 - 7:26 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong indicated that he is not concerned by the inexperience of freshman QB Shane Buechele.

"[Buechele's youth] really doesn't bother me. I think that he's going to have enough around him where he should feel pretty good about what he's doing," Strong said. While he wouldn't completely nix the idea of playing both Buechele and senior QB Tyrone Swoopes early in the season, Buechele performed well this spring and has an upside that Swoopes simply lacks. FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman predicted last month that Buechele would win the job, while Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis wrote earlier this offseason that the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder "looks like the quarterback of the future -- if not the present -- for the Longhorns." Predictably, Strong declined to name a starter at Big 12 Media Days.
Jul 20 - 12:38 PM

Texas freshman WR Ryan Newsome will transfer.

No word as to where Newsome might be looking to land, but he was choosing between UCLA and Texas during the 2015 cycle. Rivals graded him as a three-star recruit out of high school, tagging the 5-foot-8, 166-pounder as the No. 47 wide receiver in the country for 2015. Last season, he played on both offense and special teams, making five catches for 28 yards while returning six kicks for 110 yards (18.3 YPR). He is the cousin of Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome.
Jul 18 - 12:27 PM

Texas sophomore WR John Burt recorded a 13.91 second 110-meter hurdle time at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Burt was one of just two freshmen to qualify for the event, and his time was tied for No. 3 among NCAA football players who participated. Ranked as the No. 19 WR prospect in the nation by Rivals as a prep, Burt impressed right out of the gate. As a freshman, he started all 12 games. He finished second on the team in receptions with 28 and led the way with 457 receiving yards, which was No. 6 on the all-time school freshman list. He also tied for the team lead with two receiving scores.
Jul 13 - 5:32 PM

Texas head coach Charlie Strong continues to tell the media he wants to name his starting QB early in preseason camp.

"You want to get your offense going and so guys can know," Strong told ESPN's Trevor Matich. The head coach added that two quarterbacks will play no matter what, and certain packages might be in place week to week. Freshman Shane Buechele starred in the school's spring game, leading to Longhorn fans to have a mild panic attack in happiness. Tyrone Swoopes is his main competition.
Source: ESPN
Jul 6 - 10:57 AM

Texas AD Mike Perrin believes that Texas and Texas A&M will play again at an undetermined future date.

"I think the game will be restored at some point, but who knows when," Perrin said. "Some point," according to Perrin, probably won't come until at least 2026, when the Longhorns have more schedule flexibility. Since Texas A&M fled to the SEC after the 2011 season, the two programs have faced off in volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and men’s tennis. Just not football. On the gridiron, Texas leads the dormant series with a 76-37-5 record.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 4 - 2:57 PM

247Sports senior reporter Jeff Howe wrote that "the recent additions [to Texas 2016 recruiting class] have taken a good class and made it an elite one."

"The six highest-rated signees in the class were guys Texas added either on signing day or within the last week. That’s an insanely good close," Howe wrote. In addition to Charlie Strong's impressive work in scooping up former four-star Baylor signees Devin Duvernay, Patrick Hudson, J.P. Urquidez and three-star ATH Donovan Duvernay, Texas already had 15 ESPN 300 names coming in as part of the 2016 freshman class, led by OLB Jeffrey McCullough, the outlet's No. 26 prospect. An anonymous Big 12 assistant coach told ESPN that he believes that "[t]hey'll surely get a bump [in 2017 and 2018] after this amazing run."
Jul 2 - 7:00 PM

Orangeblood.com's Jason Suchomel wrote that Texas freshman T Patrick Hudson will "likely contribute at some level as a true freshman."

Suchomel's prediction that Hudson might see the field this season is supported by a sturdy limb given Hudson's four-star pedigree. More interesting, the Rivals analyst writes that "the idea of him starting at some point isn’t too far-fetched." He sees left guard as the 6-foot-5, 330-pounder's best shot at fighting for starting reps. First up, though, he will have to take a crash course in new OC Sterlin Gilbert's offensive schemes, as Baylor waited until June 24 to release him from his National Letter of Intent.
Source: Rivals
Jul 2 - 6:38 PM

A rival Big 12 assistant coach told ESPN that Texas HC Charlie Strong's efforts to bring in former Baylor recruits this month "will go down in the history books as one of the best recruiting jobs ever."

After Baylor lost a number of high-profile recruits following their move to terminate HC Art Briles at the end of May, Strong's work to bring them into the Longhorns fold was nothing short of remarkable. Four-star WR Devin Duvernay, four-star OL J.P. Urquidez, four-star OL Patrick Hudson and three-star ATH Donovan Duvernay all hooked up with Strong's crew this month. Add this to the fact that Texas made an impressive National Signing Day push back in February. One Big 12 assistant believes that "[i]t’s this type of attention that will help them with the 2017 and 2018 classes, too. They’ll surely get a bump after this amazing run." That assistant offered one other piece of high praise, saying, "It has to be one of the top five classes in the country after this."
Jun 30 - 12:40 PM

Ex-Baylor four-star 2016 T Patrick Hudson signed with Texas.

Hudson was one of five Baylor recruits released from national letters of intent (NLI) on June 23. The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder may have been the best of the bunch, the No. 1-ranked offensive guard and No. 56 overall prospect in the class, per ESPN. Hudson will enroll at Texas on July 11. Hudson follows WR Devin Duvernay, T J.P. Urquidez and ATH Donovan Duvernay in flopping from Baylor to Texas following the former's scandal. Hudson, Devin Duvernay and Urquidez were all four-star, ESPN300 prospects, while Donovan Duvernay was a three-star.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 5:05 PM

Former Baylor three-star 2016 WR Donovan Duvernay signed with Texas.

Duvernay becomes the second of five players released from their Baylor NLI's to join Texas -- four-star OL J.P. Urquidez did likewise just a matter of hours ago. Donovan is the brother of WR Devin Duvernay, who himself fled Baylor for Texas last week, though he did not need an NLI release due to a paperwork mistake by the Bears. If HC Charlie Strong can also reel in four-star OL Patrick Hudson -- a Texas native -- from Baylor, that would make for one heck of a summer given that not only did these players initially sign with another school, they signed with a rival program within the Big 12. And now, they are all Longhorns.
Jun 26 - 2:25 PM

Former Baylor four-star 2016 T J.P. Urquidez signed with Texas.

It begins. Urquidez was one of five members of Baylor's 2016 class to receive releases from their letters of intent on Friday. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder ranked as ESPN 300's No. 164 prospect for 2016. Now heading to Texas, he will join another former Bear in four-star WR Devin Duvernay. Duvernay did not technically receive a release from his own NLI, but that is only because Baylor did not file it in time to begin with. There have been rumbles that stud tackle Patrick Hudson will also be heading over to the Longhorns in this NLI shuffle. Texas might be the only winner to come out of the whole mess at Baylor.
Jun 25 - 3:59 PM

Former Baylor 2016 WR Devin Duvernay committed to Texas.

Duvernay infamously escaped his letter of intent from Baylor because the university did not file the NLI with the Big 12 offices. Thus, he was able to back out of his pledge without issue after Baylor fired Art Briles at the end of May. Now, onward to Texas. The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder sided with the Longhorns over TCU and Oklahoma. Said Duvernay, "I just feel like they are coming up, and feel good about Charlie Strong and his staff's plan and they are going to turn this thing around." He called new OC Sterlin Gilbert "kind of the missing piece to help out the offense." Duvernay ranked as ESPN 300's No. 48 prospect for the 2016 cycle. He plans on enrolling at Texas starting on July 11, when the second summer session gets underway.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 12:08 PM

Texas four-star 2017 QB Sam Ehlinger indicated that he would relish a potential quarterback competition with freshman QB Shane Buechele.

Buechele has not yet been named Texas' starter for 2016, but should have a strong opportunity to secure that this August after a nice spring. Ehlinger spoke graciously of his potential 2017 combatant, saying, "He’s a great passer, a really good passer, he’s very accurate and puts the ball on the money" before adding that he thinks Buechele "could do a good job in that offense." Ehlinger said that he believes that he holds the edge when it comes to "size and running ability," though. The Texas staff has indicated to Ehlinger -- who will be an early-enrollee at the university -- that he will have a chance to compete for a potential starting job immediately. Rivals tags him as the No. 137 overall recruit in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
Jun 21 - 3:59 PM


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