Class of 2018

Four-star quarterback pledge Casey Thompson: ‘This class will be special’

Casey Thompson chose a family feel over his family’s legacy. He held an offer from Oklahoma, where his dad, Charles, and his brother Kendal both played, Thompson chose to cross the Red River when he committed to Texas on April 13 in his high school gym. Read More

A Fab 55 profile: Height won’t define four-star cornerback D’Shawn Jamison

D’Shawn Jamison is ready to continue the tradition of DB High. The four-star cornerback from Houston Lamar is the 16th-rated cornerback in his class and the No. 121st overall prospect in the entire nation, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He’s a member of the Fabulous 55 and … Read More

Caden Sterns notes Texas’ ‘vision on how to use me’ as factor to commitment

Caden Sterns returned home Saturday night after an unofficial visit to Texas. The four-star safety from Cibolo Steele sat outside with him mom and talked. Then there was silence. And then Sterns spouted out words that would change the course of his future. “I told her, … Read More

A Fab 55 profile: No. 1-ranked Anthony Cook continues Lamar’s tradition as DB High

Anthony Cook is a wanted man. Each day during the spring evaluation period, a different school, and usually more than one, stops by the athletic office to talk to the Houston Lamar cornerback. Before Lamar’s 7-on-7 practice, it was Notre Dame. Ohio State had stopped by earlier in … Read More

Tom Herman, Texas flexing muscle on the 2018 recruiting trail

It’s hard to define a coach in year one. That’s true on the field as much as it is in recruiting. Tom Herman’s first recruiting class was a dud, at least for Texas’ standards. It was the lowest-ranked recruiting class Texas signed this century. Two four-star recruits – … Read More

Lake Travis’ Cameron Dicker talks kicking, big chances, and his Texas commitment

It was Week 2 of the 2016 season, and Lake Travis was seconds away from an 0-2 start. The Cavaliers, who had lost their opener to Converse Judson, found themselves down three on the road to Cibolo Steele. That’s when Cameron Dicker — Lake Travis’ kicker, who committed to Texas … Read More

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Collegiate Commissioners Association approves early signing period for football

An early-signing period for football was approved Monday when the Collegiate Commissioners Association, a group comprised of league commissioners, agreed to a three-day signing period starting Dec. 20 of each year. The NCAA panel gave its approval of the new 72-hour signing period for prep athletes last month. Read More

Commitment 101: Caden Sterns, safety

Tom Herman is unafraid to recruit committed prospects. If it wasn’t clear when he flipped former Houston recruits in the 2017 cycle or 2018 four-star quarterback Cameron Rising weeks ago, but it was proved Sunday when Texas flipped four-star safety Caden Sterns of Cibolo … Read More

A Fab 55 profile: Keondre Coburn is a familiar face for the Texas coaching staff

SPRING — Texas’ search for a defensive tackle in the 2018 class includes a familiar face. Spring Westfield’s Keondre Coburn is the Longhorns’ top target at defensive tackle and one of just three in-state players with a UT offer at the position. Texas assistant coach Corby Meekins, now … Read More

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Lake Travis kicker, Cameron Dicker, becomes Texas’ seventh commit

Texas’ 2018 recruiting class grew to seven members on Thursday afternoon when Lake Travis kicker Cameron Dicker committed to the Longhorns, one week after receiving an offer from Tom Herman. Dicker is a two-star prospect and ranked as the No. 2 kicker in the 2018 class, per 247Sports’ … Read More

A Fab 55 profile: Joseph Ossai turned an unfamiliar sport into a college future

CONROE — The first-time Joseph Ossai watched football, he mistook the sport for rugby. He was 10 years old, newly arrived in this country from Nigeria, and was at his uncle’s, watching a Pittsburgh Steelers game on television. It left a lasting impression. Seven years later, Ossai is … Read More

A Fab 55 profile: Manvel receiver Jalen Preston was destined for football success

MANVEL — Not all diamonds are found in the rough. Jalen Preston’s talents were apparent to everyone from an early age, and entering his senior season at Manvel, the four-star wide receiver ranks as the No. 5 player on the Fabulous 55 and holds offers from … Read More

A Fab 55 profile: Four-star safety Leon O’Neal is making his wrongs right

CYPRESS — Leon O’Neal has gone from knucklehead to knocking heads. He’s still causing trouble, only now the four-star safety from Houston Cypress Springs is terrorizing defenses across the Houston area. And colleges have taken notice. O’Neal, a 6-1, 195-pound strong safety, holds 31 offers. He’s the … Read More

Hello, Tanner McKee? Texas, Tom Herman appear to be seeking a third quarterback

Tom Herman is still hunting quarterbacks. Despite the recent commitments from four-star prospects Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising, the Longhorns expect to host Tanner McKee, a four-star prospect from California, the first weekend of May. The visit was first reported by InsideTexas. McKee, from Corona (Calif.) Centennial, holds a UT … Read More

Cameron Rising — Texas’ other four-star pledge — is all football, all the time

It was spring break of 2016 when Newbury Park, Calif. head football coach Jason Klein received a text message. It was from Cameron Rising, his four-star quarterback. The future Texas commitment wasn’t thinking about the beach or a family vacation. As usual, he was texting about football. “We … Read More

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Lake Travis kicker receives Texas offer

Texas fans are familiar with the importance of a reliable kicker. Head coach Tom Herman decided Thursday night to extend a 2018 scholarship offer to Lake Travis kicker, Cameron Dicker. The local product is unranked at 247Sports and Texas is his first offer. I am … Read More

Commitment 101: Ron Tatum, defensive end

Texas’ assault on Oklahoma’s recruiting outlook for 2018 continued Wednesday when four-star defensive end Ron Tatum chose the Longhorns and Tom Herman over Bob Stoops and the Sooners. Tatum is the No. 122-ranked national prospect and the No. 5 ranked strong-side defensive end in the nation, per 247Sports. The Putnam … Read More

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Four-star defensive end Ron Tatum chooses Texas over Oklahoma, others

Tom Herman’s recruiting dominance over Oklahoma continued Wednesday when four-star defensive end Ron Tatum chose the Longhorns over the Sooners and a plethora of other FBS offers. Tatum, a 6-foot-4.5, 269-pound defensive end from Putnam City (Okla.) is Texas’ sixth commitment of the 2018 class and … Read More

The Dotted Line: A look at current 2018 recruiting classes around the Big 12, Texas

The Longhorns are up to five commitments in the 2018 class after flipping four-star quarterback Cameron Rising from Oklahoma and gaining the commitment of three-star offensive tackle Reese Moore. The three highest-ranked players currently committed to Texas are out-of-state prospects. Moore and linebacker Byron Hobbs are three-star recruits, per 247Sports … Read More

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Four-star defensive end Ron Tatum set to announce Wednesday afternoon

Four-star defensive end Ron Tatum is set to announce his college decision Wednesday at 1:30 in Putnam High School’s gym. The Oklahoma native is one of four strong-side defensive ends in the 2018 class holding a Texas offer and the 6-foot-4.5, 269-pound prospect recently included Texas in his top five … Read More