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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
2016 WR Hemphill reopens recruitment

By Max Olson

Back in August, Texas coach Mack Brown accepted a verbal commitment from a recruit who was just a few days into his sophomore year of high school. It was, at the time, unprecedented for Brown's tenure.

That recruit, wide receiver Reggie Hemphill (Manvel, Texas/Manvel), learned on Wednesday some news he'd anticipated: New coach Charlie Strong wants to take more time before he can honor a pledge for the class of 2016.

Strong visited Manvel on Wednesday and explained to Hemphill's coaches why, for now, he will not be considered a commit.

"Since I've built a relationship with the old coaches and hadn't met them yet, he basically wants to reevaluate me for himself and make sure he wants me," Hemphill said. "I understand that."

The 6-foot-2, 168-pound receiver said he still considers Texas ones of his "top schools" along with Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oregon. He'd still like to end up a Texas commit someday, but he knows he'll have to be patient.

"It's not disappointing," Hemphill said. "I've just got to prove that I'm worthy of an offer from there. I'll grind harder and make them want me."

Hemphill committed on Aug. 13 and attended several Texas home games during the season. He recorded 26 catches for 530 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore.

Texas had originally offered verbal scholarship offers to Hemphill and teammate Deontay Anderson, a 2016 safety, during their Texas Stampede recruiting event in July. Anderson said he also found out Wednesday the new staff isn't ready to offer him yet.

Hemphill has yet to speak with the new Texas coaching staff, but he wants to be a Longhorn and hopes the new coaches will keep an eye on him. He's looking forward to seeing what Strong accomplishes in his first year in Austin.

"We'll see how the season goes," Hemphill said. "There's a lot of hype. I'll have to see for myself."