Texas Longhorns: Corbin Daly

Stat check: Longhorns 2014 commitments 

September, 2, 2013
Here is a look at how each one of Texas’ 2014 commitments faired this week:

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Max Olson/ESPNDefensive end Derick Roberson helped Brennan shut out San Antonio Holmes 52-0 on Friday.
• ESPN 300 defensive end Derick Roberson (San Antonio, Texas/Brennan), the No. 8 DE in the country, helped Brennan shut out San Antonio Holmes 52-0 on Friday.

• ESPN 300 wide receiver Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City) caught three passes for 62 yards and a 44-yard touchdown in a 48-0 win over Dickinson.

• ESPN 300 quarterback Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer) completed 12 of 18 passes for 179 yards and two interceptions and rushed 18 times for 103 yards in a 38-28 loss to Cedar Hill (Texas).

• ESPN 300 cornerback Jermaine Roberts (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) helped the Purple Knights defense hold Amite to six points in a 35-6 victory on Saturday.

• ESPN 300 outside linebacker Otaro Alaka and Houston/Cypress Falls lost to Conroe (Texas) Oak Ridge, 37-16.

AUSTIN, Texas -- What Texas’ three-day camp, which began on Thursday, lacked in quantity it more than made up for in quality.

There were far fewer big-time names over the course of the 72 hours than the Longhorns had in Austin for their minicamps on June 2 and June 9, but the results were equally as pleasing for coach Mack Brown and his staff.

Texas picked up four commitments in three days, including two on Saturday, to boost the number of pledges it has for 2014 to 19, which is four more than it had in the entire 2013 class.

Here’s a look at those prospects and other storylines that transpired from the camp.

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For the third day this week, and the second time on Saturday, the Longhorns welcomed a new member to their 2014 recruiting class.

The latest is John Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. Thomas, who was in Austin this weekend on an unofficial visit, told HornsNation the news on Saturday evening.

"I'm very excited," Thomas said. "It's actually my favorite college when I was younger."

He is Texas’ 19th commitment in 2014, which is four more than it had all of last year, and the fourth player in as many days to give his verbal pledge to Mack Brown.

Wide receiver Dorian Leonard (Longview, Texas/Longview) committed on Thursday, punter Corbin Daly (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) committed on Friday after visiting Texas for a camp, and former TCU wide receiver pledge Emanuel Porter (Dallas/Lincoln) committed earlier Saturday.

Thomas, who attended Bossier City (La.) Airline high school, had originally committed to LSU in March of his junior year but didn’t qualify academically and was forced to go the juco route.

He had offers from Arizona and Missouri in high school as well and has since added offers from Auburn and Texas. But the Longhorns won out and have to feel good about their pass-catching prospects for the future. Combined with the wide receiver commitments, Texas now has six on board in 2014 and all but one (Roderick Bernard) is 6-foot-3 or taller.
All 2014 punter Corbin Daly (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) could do was wait on the comfortable couches of the Texas players lounge. For two and a half hours.

Meanwhile the Texas' coaches, somewhere in the back, were discussing whether or not to offer the 6-foot-3, 185-pound punter after a day spent booming punts high into the Austin sky at a Longhorns camp.

Finally, Daly was asked back into Texas head coach Mack Brown's office for the verdict.

“He took me in there with my mom and told me I was the best one he's seen and that he knew that it would have been a long way to come for him not to give me a scholarship,” Daly said. “He told me I earned it, and then he asked me if it would be OK with my mom, because it would be so far away. I told him that she would follow me anywhere I go to watch me play football. She said she would follow me to Texas. So I committed.”

Daly is the 17th member of Texas' 2014 class, which got commitment No. 16 on Thursday from receiver Dorian Leonard. A commitment from former TCU receivers pledge Emanuel Porter is expected at any moment.

Daly's wait in the players lounge was taxing. He'd just attended a camp at Alabama last week and saw the Crimson Tide offer another punter instead. He didn't want to leave Austin without an offer.

“I was a little worried. I didn't know what to expect,” he said. “I didn't know if it was going to be a good two and a half hours or a bad two and a half hours.”

It turned out to be a great couple of hours to cap a whirlwind few days for Daly. He didn't start to hear from Texas until this week.

“Coach [Major] Applewhite actually Facebooked me on Monday or Tuesday and asked if there was any way he could make it to Texas, because we are really interested in you and might have a scholarship for you,” he said.

Daly showed up alright and dazzled with punt after punt right in front of Applewhite, Brown and several other coaches.

“Having to kick in front of all the coaches made me step up my game that much more,” he said.

As a result, through a little waiting, he earned himself a full ride to Texas and couldn't be happier.

“I grew up loving Texas football, because I knew it was the biggest and the baddest,” he said. “It feels great. I can't wait to play for that school. I can't wait for the state of Texas.”

Chris Sailer, Daly's kicking coach, couldn't agree more with Texas' decision to offer.

"Corbin is one of the best pure punters that we have seen in years," he said. "A great athlete with a huge leg and tremendous upside. I expect Corbin to dominate for the University of Texas."


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