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Texas hired Toledo RB coach Anthony Johnson to serve in the same capacity.

Johnson suited up for Texas from 2001-2005 and later worked at the university as a quality control coach from 2007-2009. For the past two seasons, he's done a bang-up job coaching Toledo's running backs. To whit, the team averaged 208.33 yards rushing for the 2015 campaign. In a statement, HC Charlie Strong said, "He's a tremendous young coach with great energy and enthusiasm. Anthony played high school ball in Texas, played and coached at Texas and really knows the pride and tradition of our place and our state well."
Feb 14 - 3:18 PM

Texas interim playcaller Jay Norvell will join the football staff at Arizona State to serve as receivers coach and passing-game coordinator.

This is the fifth assistant coach departure for Texas. Norvell was promoted midseason and helped the Longhorns defeat Oklahoma. However, Charlie Strong hired Tulsa's Sterlin Gilbert to run the offense following the season. Norvell previously coached at Oklahoma before joining Texas for one season.
Feb 12 - 9:20 AM

Texas signed four-star T Jean Delance.

Delance made official visits to LSU and Michigan, but HC Charlie Strong ended up stealing his heart. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder played his high school football in Mesquite, Texas, and opted to continue his career with the in-state squad. Scout.com refers to Delance as "a true offensive tackle prospect" thanks to his ability to move light on his feet while protecting for the pass and his knack for staying aggressive on running plays.
Source: scout.com
Feb 4 - 8:54 PM

Texas signed four-star CB Eric Cuffee.

Cuffee was one of a slew of recruits that HC Charlie Strong was able to bring on board during Wednesday's National Signing Day. The 6-foot, 189-pound defensive back out of Waco ranks as Scout.com's No. 226 prospect overall. Site analyst Greg Powers noted that Cuffee is "a good tackler and is not a liability in run support. Teams trying to get outside on his side of the field will quickly find that out."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 4 - 7:51 PM

Texas DT Hassan Ridgeway is not receiving "enough love," according to Dane Brugler.

Ridgeway, an early entrant, was a two year starter and boasts a 6-foot-4 320-pound frame. The interior defensive line group might be the deepest in the draft, so it makes sense that Ridgeway and others are being overlooked. That could change at the NFL Combine, as many prospects grab attention after testing and links start forming between prospects and teams.
Feb 4 - 11:41 AM

Texas signed four-star S Brandon Jones.

The Longhorns beat out usual suspects Baylor and Texas A&M, among others, for the local Nacogdoches High School product. Scout actually considers Jones a five-star recruit and the top safety prospect in the country. ESPN has him a bit lower, No. 49 overall and a four-star prospect. "A run and hit type with great athleticism and instincts," ESPN's scouting report reads. "A potential interchangeable safety but feel he may have the most upside at strong with continued physical development."
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 6:39 PM

Four-star DT Jordan Elliott signed with Texas.

Elliott committed to Michigan in November, but Texas made a strong push for seemingly every player of note over the last month. Their final efforts worked in Elliott's case. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound defensive lineman checks in at No. 47 on the ESPN 300 and as Scout.com notes, he's rarely pushed around thanks to a low-center of gravity.
Feb 3 - 6:24 PM

Four-star LB Erick Fowler signed with Texas.

Les Miles could be in for a long day. Not only did he watch coveted No. 1 linebacking prospect Ben Davis sign with Alabama, he's now also lost Fowler to Texas. You could see this one coming. While he visited both schools in January, reports began to surface that his family wanted the 6-foot-1, 233-pounder out of Manor to stay in-state. That'll be happening. He's a "whirlwind of a defender who constantly applies pressure to the opposing offenses, sucking up running back behind the line of scrimmage and sacking quarterbacks often," according to Scout.com, where he ranks as their 153rd best recruiting prospect. On the ESPN 300, he checks in at No. 132.
Source: scout.com
Feb 3 - 2:11 PM

Four-star LB Jeffrey McCulloch signed with Texas.

"My dream is to be the best to ever play this position," McCulloch said prior to the Under Armor All-America Game. "Best ever" is a high bar to jump over, but regardless, he'll be suiting up for Texas in the coming years. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker hails from Houston and checks in at No. 26 on the ESPN 300. Scout.com wants to see more sound tackling from the youngster, observing that he'll sometimes sacrifice his leverage in an attempt to make a big tackle. That aside, he's shown a knack for "shedding blockers and playing in traffic."
Feb 3 - 1:54 PM

Four-star RB Kyle Porter committed to Texas.

The 5-foot-11, 208-pounder tore up the prep ranks, rushing for 1,938 yards and 36 touchdowns last season at Katy, which advanced all the way to the state championship. 247Sports pegs Porter as the No. 10 running back prospect in the land. The Longhorns are hoping to close recruiting season strong with Wednesday's National Signing Day now upon us.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 2 - 5:51 PM

Texas redshirt freshman CB Jermaine Roberts will transfer.

Roberts redshirted in 2014, then proceeded to suffer a knee injury last spring. Said injury buried the 5-foot-9, 168-pounder on the depth chart. Rivals ranked him as the No. 17 cornerbacking recruit in the country out of high school. Stay tuned for his transfer destination. He'll have to sit out a year if he remains at the FBS level, but regardless, should sign soon, as a bunch of scholarships will be going off the board come National Signing Day on Wednesday.
Feb 1 - 10:51 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton predicts four-star LSU OLB commit Erick Fowler will flip to Texas.

"Fowler has been committed to LSU since June 2015, but home-state Texas has not given up," Hamilton wrote. "The outside linebacker made an official visit to Texas on Jan. 15 and LSU on Jan. 22, and has since been listening to LSU's and Texas’ final pitches, with Strong getting the last word Saturday. Fowler is expected to announce a final decision on signing day." That means we'll know the ultimate destination of the No. 132 prospect in the ESPN 300 at some point on Wednesday.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 1 - 7:23 PM

Former Texas QB Vince Young will keep his job in the university Division of Diversity and Communication following his Sunday arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.

Young--who was hired in 2014--makes $100,000 a year to help promote diversity and community engagement with the Longhorns. He was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of drunk driving and later released an apology for his actions via Facebook. Spokesman Gary Susswein indicated that the quarterbacking legend will continue his gainful employment with the university and that the school is working with him regarding issues surrounding the arrest.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 26 - 7:36 PM

Texas freshman QB Shane Buechele likes his chances to win the starting job.

A four-star ESPN 300 star, Buechele is the top-rated quarterback recruit in Texas. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound frosh passer will battle Jerrod Heard, Tyrone Swoopes and Kai Locksley for the starting gig in former Tulsa OC Sterlin Gilbert's offense. To prepare, Buechele watched Tulsa games on YouTube and picked the brain of Tulsa QB Dane Evans and his father Damon, who happened to coach Buechele at Arlington Lamar. "From what I’ve seen when I look up stuff, he does a lot of RPO [run-pass option] stuff. We did a lot of that at my high school," Buechele said. "It’s pretty similar. The tempo is the big thing. We’re gonna be going fast." Buechele has been compared to Longhorn great Colt McCoy.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 15 - 7:14 PM

Four-star DT Jordan Elliott committed to Michigan in late November.

Elliott's one of a number of immediate impact recruits HC Jim Harbaugh's brought into the fold since he took over for the shattered being of Brady Hoke. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Elliott "flashes great playing strength as well as very good get-off quickness," according to ESPN. Incidentally, ESPN 300 ranks him at No. 47 in their extensive recruiting breakdown. Scout.com praised his playing style, calling him "very smooth" before noting that he "plays with a low center of gravity making it tough for offensive linemen to outposition him." On the more critical side of the ledger, Elliott's range is somewhat limited at this point, though he does offer an ever-revvin' motor to help offset this.
Jan 10 - 6:16 PM


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