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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

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman predicts Texas freshman QB Shane Buechele will win the starting job this summer.

"He fits the new system best," Feldman wrote. "He's the most accurate of the QBs, which is crucial and he's got enough savvy to handle this situation at least to some degree." If Buechele gets the nod, he'll be thrown to the wolves immediately. The Longhorns open with Notre Dame. After that, three of the next four games are against Cal, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. For what it's worth, Feldman further predicts the Horns finish 7-5.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 17 - 7:11 PM

Former Baylor 2016 WR Devin Duvernay indicated that TCU and Texas are his two finalists.

Duvernay included Oklahoma on his initial list of three finalists, but it appears that the Sooners have fallen behind, here. Said Duvernay, "I have finished my applications to Texas and TCU. I haven’t done one for OU." The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder took a visit to Texas on Saturday and spoke to how HC Charlie Strong envisions using him in the offense. "Coach Strong said they need a burner in the slot," the receiver said, "and they need a guy like me in the program. I like their plan. I do feel like they need a burner at receiver." We would agree with that assessment. During the visit, Strong and Duvernay watched the Longhorns' spring game -- and that makes sense, given that Strong's best play is probably to sell Duvernay on the intriguing potential of QB Shane Buechele, who turned in a strong spring performance. With the Texas visit in the books, Duvernay will probably be stopping by TCU soon, with a decision to follow shortly.
Jun 13 - 2:18 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong indicated that a rekindling of the rivalry with Texas A&M could be in the cards.

Speaking at the Touchdown Club of Houuston, Strong said, "They're trying to work something out right now where we're going to play the Aggies." This might be the case, but nothing is imminent. A Texas spokesperson told Rivals' Anwar Richardson that no specific plans have been made for a renewal of the in-state rivalry. The Longhorns and Aggies have not played since 2011, with Texas winning that last game 27-25 to come away with an overall record in the series of 76-37-5.
Jun 11 - 2:41 PM

Five current or former WRs or DBs are among the participants in the NCAA's 110-meter hurdles championship.

The participants include Texas receiver John Burt, Oregon redshirt sophomore Devon Allen, Alabama junior Tony Brown, LSU junior Jordan Moore and Cal sophomore Ashtyn Davis. At least a couple of these athletes, Burt and Allen, chose their school after being assured they could take time away from football to participate in track.
Source: USA Today
Jun 10 - 9:53 AM

Texas four-star 2017 QB Sam Ehlinger was selected to participate in Elite 11.

Clemson quarterback commit Hunter Johnson, who coaches named the player they'd choose to build a program around, picked Ehlinger when asked the same question. Officially, the 6-foot-1 1/2, 215-pound Ehlinger won the "Most Coachable" award from counselors. "For the coaching he was trying to take in on the fly, I thought he was brilliant," said quarterback coach Georgie Whitfield. "He was at ease. Very intelligent and can take schemes and put them right into the play."
Jun 7 - 5:12 PM

Former Baylor 2016 WR Devin Duvernay indicated that TCU, Texas and Oklahoma are the three finalists for his signature.

Duvernay famously earned a release from his letter of intent because Baylor failed to file it within the required 14 days after he signed. Needless to say, it has been a hectic time for the 5-foot-11, 193-pounder over the last week or so. "From the time it got out there that I could be recruited, I got more than 40 calls and messages," Duvernay said. "It didn’t stop all day. I talked on the phone or on direct message with a lot of schools." Baylor called him, too, to see if he might consider rejoining the program. He rejected that idea flat-out. As to where he will go now that he has whittled 40-plus down to three, Oklahoma stood as his second-preferred destination at the time he initially committed to Baylor in November. Duvernay said that he has spoken with Kyler Murray about the Sooner program. Wherever he lands, Duvernay plans on enrolling in the second session of summer classes.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 7 - 3:12 PM

According to his father, Baylor four-star 2016 T J.P. Urquidez has officially asked for a release from his National Letter of Intent.

Urquidez had already posted on Twitter that he would not be enrolling in classes at Baylor this summer. He is now looking for an outright release from his letter of intent, with his father, Julian Urquidez, tweeting that "if we would have known [about the allegations of sexual assault at the university] we would have never considered Baylor." Shedding a little light on the current chaotic state of affairs at the university, the senior Urquidez said in his post that interim HC Jim Grobe has not contacted his son and that "the only contact we have had with Baylor is because I have driven there twice in the past [six] days."
Jun 2 - 6:08 PM

A Baylor spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that due to a clerical error, 2016 WR commit Devin Duvernay's NLI is not valid.

Duvernay is now the equivalent of a free agent. His father stumbled upon the failure of bureaucracy while he was submitting his son's request for a release following the volcanic upheaval at Baylor over the last week. When he spoke to Susan Peal -- the director of the NLI program -- she subsequently looked into the standing of Duvernay's letter of intent, only to find him absent from the database because Baylor did not file the NLI within the required 14-day window after he signed. ESPN 300 ranked him as the No. 48 overall prospect for the 2016 cycle and should be a highly-coveted commodity now that he is out on the open market.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 5:53 PM

In regards to the possibility of expanding the Big 12, Texas AD Mike Perrin said, "I think the prudent thing for us to do as a conference is stay where we are."

"We had a team in the playoffs last year with Oklahoma. We could've had two teams (TCU and Baylor) in there the year before," Perrin said. "I think the [Big 12] is well positioned on television. I think we're well positioned on the playoffs." Perrin also poured water on the possibility of a Big 12 Network, though that shouldn't come as a surprise given that Texas already has the Longhorn Network in its back pocket. "[The Longhorn Network is] a very valuable asset we have," he said. "I'm not ever going to say something's never going to come about. But it would take a lot."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 1:15 PM


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