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2015 Texas pledge reopens recruitment 

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Texas suffered another decommitment on Monday, this time for a member of the 2015 class.

2015 Texas commit Lanfear visits Aggies 

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Three-star 2015 offensive tackle Connor Lanfear (Buda, Texas/Hays) caught many by surprise on Sunday with his decision to attend the first junior day at Texas A&M. He was rewarded for that move with a scholarship offer. So what's next?


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RecruitingNation released its first ever ESPN junior 300 in mid-July, and a slew of already committed prospects have put six programs off to an electric start in the 2015 recruiting cycle. With the college season just days away, here are the fast starters with future commitments on the horizon.


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Lessons Learned: Texas Stampede 

July, 28, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Stampede wrapped up before dark on Saturday, leaving the Longhorns with one commitment, on the verge of another and three new players with offers to consider.

Here is a look at those players and a few other things we learned from a first-of-its-kind event for Mack Brown and his program:

Equal balance

You never know who is going to show up to events like these. Things change. Family obligations take precedence, rides can be hard to come by, etc.

The list we had confirmed of those who would be in attendance was star-studded, but so to was the list of talent that wasn't going to make it to town.

As the day unfolded, some of the players who originally said they would make it weren’t able to attend, while others that didn’t think they’d be coming actually showed up. In the end, it all seemed to balance out for Texas’ staff.

No, it didn’t get the chance to visit with Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), who was in North Carolina competing at the Junior Olympics. But the Longhorns were able to get several hours with Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater).

No, Texas didn’t get to talk with 2015 defensive back Kris Boyd (Gilmer, Texas/Gilmer). But he’s a heavy Texas lean, anyway. Besides that, the Texas staff was able to spend time with four-star safety John Bonney (Houston/Lamar).

No, 2015 offensive lineman Trevor Elbert (Rockwall, Texas/Heath) didn’t make it down. But 2014 athlete Kevin Shorter (Newton, Texas/Newton) did, and now Texas is a serious contender for his commitment on Aug. 2, along with Arkansas and Texas A&M.

No, 2014 defensive tackle D.J. Williams (Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin) didn’t make it down. But Texas was able to get TCU safety commitment Nick Orr (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) to town. The Longhorns didn’t offer, but they were at least able to spend some time with him in case an offer does come up down the road.

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Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We’ll release this every Friday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.

In this week’s edition of The Heard:

  • Texas Stampede visitors list

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AUSTIN, Texas -- They didn’t make kids like this back in 1970.

The offensive line that anchored Texas’ third national championship in eight years featured a pair of two-time All-Americans: The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Jerry Sisemore and 6-foot-3, 235-pound Bobby Wuensch.

They were the stars of a Texas offensive line that averaged 6-foot-1 and 219 pounds.

Today, mammoth 300-pounders rule up front, and the 6-1, 220 guys are linebackers and defensive ends. The evolution of the offensive lineman is impossible to ignore.

Texas’ 2005 title team averaged 6-5 and 314 pounds, with nine offensive linemen checking in at 300-plus. The 2013 Longhorns could have as many as 15.

Now imagine having to find those big men as 15- and 16-year-olds, before they’ve even reached their junior year of high school, and trying to determine how and when they’ll grow, how they eat, how big they’ll get and, of course, how well they actually play football.

That’s the unenviable task facing Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searles these days, but he’s thriving.

Texas already has landed commitments from three linemen in the 2015 ESPN 300: Keller (Texas) guard Maea Teuhema (No. 31 in the ESPN 300), Sherman (Texas) guard Aaron Garza (No. 203) and Buda (Texas) Hays tackle Connor Lanfear (No. 292). They’re three of the top six linemen in Texas in 2015, and the No. 2 ranked in-state lineman, Patrick Vahe (Euless, Texas/Trinity), also could commit this summer.

They might be only high school juniors (well, not even that yet), but the Texas commits know there’s a lot more to the number 300 than most people assume.

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Lessons Learned: Texas' June 9 camp 

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Here are five things we're thinking following Texas' second and final minicamp of the summer:

1. A flurry of moves

In case your head is still spinning from all that went down on Sunday afternoon, a recap: Texas landed 2015 commitments from Lufkin (Texas) athlete Keke Coutee, Center (Texas) safety Johnny Shaw and Buda (Texas) Hays tackle Connor Lanfear.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- Tristen Wallace was slightly jumpy at the start of Texas’ camp Sunday.

"Just nervous," said the DeSoto (Texas) quarterback. "Really nervous."

Well, turns out those nerves might have made him jumpy at just the right times. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Class of 2016 prospect got off to a good start and blazed through his 40-yard dash with a time of 4.49.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels, the Odd Job of assistants, went all day without throwing his ball cap through the air of the practice field during Texas’ summer camp.

But that didn’t stop 2015 recruit Connor Lanfear (Buda, Texas/Hays) from taking his cap and throwing it right into the Texas ring. The offensive lineman became the third Longhorns commit on what was an active day for 2015 recruits.

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Max Olson/ESPNClass of 2015 offensive tackle Connor Lanfear called his Texas offer a "dream come true."
"It’s a dream come true and I just feel so incredibly blessed," said the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Lanfear.

Probably for Texas as well which, under Searels, has continued its impressive run of commitments along the line. That run includes three ESPN 150 members, another with 50 offers and a juco star who should start for Texas this fall.

The Longhorns already have the No. 2 center in the country, Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas/Jasper), committed for 2014 and now have a trio of quarterback protectors in 2015.

They include Aaron Garza (Sherman, Texas/Sherman), Texas’ first commitment in 2015, and Maea Teuhema (Keller, Texas/Keller), who will be in the running for the state’s top player as a senior.

For Lanfear, who received his first letter 10 months ago from Oklahoma State and was receiving interest from Oregon, TCU and had camped at Texas A&M, the commitment came down to the school and Searels.

"I can’t think of any other better coaching that I’ve received," he said.

Lanfear also understands that his commitment is the start, not the end, as it pertains to become a better player.

"There is a lot of talent out there and no matter how good you are there is always gong to be someone out there that can challenge you and compete with you and beat you so you have to keep working to get better yourself," he said.

Now Lanfear has aligned himself with what is shaping up to be one of the better offensive line classes in 2015.
Welcome to The Heard, HornsNation’s weekly in-depth look inside the never-ending world of Longhorns recruiting with news, notes and interesting tidbits on the latest happenings around the program. We’ll release this every Friday.

Talk about it in our forum and, if there’s a recruit out there you’d like to hear more from, let us know.

In this week’s edition of The Heard:

  • Second camp heavy on 2015 stars
  • All tied up for Springs
  • 2015 QB closing in on offer?
  • More on K.D. Cannon
  • Vahe could follow Teuhemas
  • New TE possibility emerges
  • 2015 ATH has Texas ties
  • Garza ready to be a Longhorn
  • Bradley ready to make name for himself
  • 2015 S looks to make lasting impression

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The magnitude of Sione and Maea Teuhema’s commitments to Texas on Thursday might not truly be felt for a while, considering Maea, the more highly-touted of the two, won’t graduate until 2015.

But make no mistake about how gigantic a victory this is for the Longhorns. If there were a fly on the wall inside Texas’ football offices when the coaches got word of the commitments, that fly assuredly saw plenty of chest bumping and high-fives.


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KELLER, Texas -- As far as package deals go, they don’t get much better than the one Texas landed Thursday night.

As expected, brothers Sione Teuhema and Maea Teuhema gave their verbal pledges to the Longhorns following Keller (Texas) High School’s spring game.

Following the game, the two brothers kept things modest for their big announcement: Maea grabbed a black Texas tee out of a bag, Sione grabbed a white one and they grinned as they held them up.

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Max Olson/ESPNMaea Teuhema (left) and Sione Teuhema both committed to the Longhorns on Thursday.
“It feels good to be a Longhorn,” Maea Teuhema said.

Sione, a 2014 defensive end, becomes the 14th member of Texas’ No. 2-ranked recruiting class. His younger brother, coveted offensive tackle Maea, becomes one of the cornerstone pieces of the Longhorns’ 2015 class and its fourth verbal pledge.

“It’s close to home – not too far and not too close,” Sione Teuhema said. “And we love the school and it was a good experience. We agreed on Texas. LSU was too far. For me, the first time I visited there, I just fell in love with Texas.”

This commitment has seemed almost inevitable since the day the Teuhemas set foot on the Texas campus on March 23 and were taken immediately into coach Mack Brown’s office to receive scholarship offers.

Ever since, the Longhorns appeared to be the leaders to land the impressive duo. Texas coaches told Sione he reminds them of former UT All-American Brian Orakpo, and they viewed Maea as one of the state’s best sophomore prospects.

"The biggest thing is it feels like home," their guardian, Robert Taliaferro, said. "It really did to me and to them. We loved the defensive ends coach, and we loved the offensive line coach. And at the end of the day, if the NFL doesn't work out, they want to get a job and live in Texas."

But the Teuhemas did their research before reaching this decision, including visits to LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and several other programs. Alabama also made a strong late push, though the brothers were unable to visit Tuscaloosa.

According to Taliaferro, the decision was tougher than expected at one point this spring.

"I thought we were going to LSU, I really did," he said. "It was dadgum close to being LSU, done deal, and we almost committed that day while we were down there. It was that strong of an impression. But when they got home and realized just how far it was, they went back to Texas again and started talking about how much Texas felt like home."

Sione came to Taliaferro nearly two weeks ago and asked what he'd think if they chose Texas. One day later, he took it a step further.

"He said, 'We pick Texas,' " Taliaferro said. "I talked to Maea alone and asked if he was on board with this, and he said yeah. He said, 'Actually, we decided Texas a long time ago. We just weren't telling you to mess with you.' "

The duo wanted to hold off on announcing so more Keller teammates could get noticed by recruiters during their spring practices.

According to Taliaferro, this commitment completely ends their recruitment. Maea, a 6-foot-4, 344-pound offensive tackle, will be a Longhorn no matter what, even if he doesn’t sign his letter of intent for another 20 months.

"We've turned down LSU and Alabama," Taliaferro said. "Who else is going to win us over?"

That was the plan all along. The brothers would not split up and play at different schools, and college recruiters obliged that plan by offering both brothers.

Sione, a 6-3, 211-pound speed rushing end, and his brother also held offers from Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, TCU, Utah and Washington State.

He’s the third defensive end in this Texas class, joining top commit Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan) and Jake McMillon (Abilene, Texas/Abilene).

Maea becomes the second offensive lineman in Texas’ 2015 class, joining Sherman (Texas) guard Aaron Garza.

Texas lands 2015 CB Jalen Campbell

March, 30, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- A big-time Texas recruiting day got even bigger right before the start of the spring game.

Cornerback Jalen Campbell (Corpus Christi, Texas/Flour Bluff) became the third member of the Longhorns’ 2015 class after making a commitment on Saturday afternoon.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect received an offer from Texas last weekend during the Longhorns’ first-ever Sophomore Day and pulled the trigger on his return visit. He confirmed his decision in a text message prior to the game’s kickoff.

Texas was the only school to offer Campbell, and he had early interest in LSU, Oregon and Georgia. He joins offensive lineman Aaron Garza (Sherman, Texas/Sherman) and defensive tackle Bryce English (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) in Texas’ 2015 class.

The pledge is a rare one in two ways. Texas has never taken pledges this early in Mack Brown’s tenure until Garza became the first last Saturday, and Corpus Christi is an area the program has not recruited much in recent years.

The secondary should be a priority for Texas with the class of 2015, considering starting corners Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom will both be out of the program by the time Campbell steps foot on campus.

Despite his size, Campbell is being recruited as a corner, though he could play eventually a variety of roles in the Longhorn secondary.
videoAUSTIN, Texas -- It is all about the family for Texas’ newest 2015 commit.

After receiving an offer from the Longhorns on Friday afternoon, defensive tackle Bryce English (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) wasted little time in committing to Texas. In doing so, he’ll eventually join a program coached by his godfather, Texas recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Bruce Chambers.

“I’ve been wanting to be a Longhorn ever since middle school,” English said. “I’ve been throwing up 'Hook’em' forever. My dreams are finally coming true.”

English (5-foot-11, 312 pounds) is the second sophomore to commit to the Longhorns in less than a week. Offensive lineman Aaron Garza (Sherman, Texas/Sherman) committed during Texas’ sophomore day on Saturday.

The product of one of Texas’ top high school programs, English severely helps fill a position of need across the interior of the Longhorns’ defensive front. Texas missed out on its top defensive tackle target in 2013 – A’Shawn Robinson – and ended up not signing a signing a single defensive tackle.

But they’ve got one now, one the Longhorns can count on to hold true to his commitment over the next two years.

“Coach [Mack] Brown was telling me that they wanted to offer me and didn’t want me to go to any other schools,” English said. “When you commit you stay true to Texas. That’s what I’m going to do.”

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The fact that 2015 offensive tackle Zach Rogers (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) didn’t get an offer on Texas’ sophomore day was a little surprising to some.

But it’s all a wash now.


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