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February, 14, 2014
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Nationally (and SEC)
Texas A&M went into the 2014 class knowing that size and athleticism was an absolute must on its defensive front. And Kevin Sumlin and staff delivered on those glaring needs. Leading the way is No. 1 defensive end and five-star player Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin), who has the size, speed and power combination to be a difference-maker early on next fall. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound Garrett is joined at defensive end by ESPN 300 No. 203 Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), and high three-star Jarrett Johnson (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes), who has a nonstop motor. While the Aggies have some talented young defensive tackles, continuing to add size and athleticism to the interior was a must. No. 150 DeShawn Washington (Nederland, Texas/Nederland) and four-star early enrollee Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview) add disruptive explosiveness and athleticism.

The Aggies had the nation’s best defensive line class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:

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 release this every Friday.

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In this week's edition of The Heard:

  • The latest in CB Brown's recruitment
  • More on Knox’s decision
  • New Longhorns offer willing to learn more about UT
  • Saunders getting interest from top school
  • Mayes on the radar
  • Barrett wants Texas offer


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There is no telling when or whether the Longhorns and Aggies will resume their heated rivalry, for which Texas claims bragging rights, for now, with a win in the 118th meeting back in 2011.

While they might not be trading blows on the field, the battle waged on the recruiting trail is as heated as it has ever been.


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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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Considering Trey Lealaimatafao wasn’t invited to either of Texas’ junior days in February, the San Antonio Warren standout assumed the Longhorns just weren’t that interested in him.

That all changed on Thursday, when the defensive tackle drove up to attend a Texas spring practice. He went home with a scholarship offer.


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No, what you are about to read is factual and you aren’t having a severe case of déjà vu.

The Longhorns have offered yet another member of the New Orleans St. Augustine football program.


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Where’s the next Malcom Brown? The junior edition of Justin Manning or A’Shawn Robinson?

It’s a question college recruiters in this state have to be asking right now. The crown for best 2014 defensive tackle in the state of Texas has yet to be bestowed upon any prospect just yet.


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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 Thursday.

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

A few of the notes in today's 2014-heavy edition of The Heard:

  • The junior day visitors list
  • 2014 OL has Longhorns on top
  • Bishop Dunne duo high on UT
  • Offer would sway Houston OLB
  • DE would commit on spot
  • 2014 DT ready to visit Texas; won’t happen this weekend
  • DT likes Longhorns
  • Programs lining up for 2016 RB
  • Positive signs for Evans
  • Perkins anxious for Austin

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