Texas Longhorns: Texas Stampede 2013

Texas hoping season sways 2015 DT Mack 

July, 29, 2013
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ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater) didn’t reach some grand realization on Saturday about his feelings for Texas. He didn’t need one.



Texas landed commit No. 8 for its 2015 class on Sunday, and once again the pledge came from a member of the ESPN Junior 300.

Euless (Texas) Trinity offensive guard Patrick Vahe became the fourth lineman to commit to the Longhorns’ next class during the Longhorn’s Texas Stampede recruiting event on Saturday, but didn’t announce it until a day later.

“It feels amazing,” Vahe said. “It feels good. I’m very blessed.”

Vahe is ranked No. 4 ranked among guard prospects and No. 79 in the ESPN 300, and Texas was the first and only school to offer him thus far. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound junior also received interest from Utah, Utah State and Nevada.

Word got out of Vahe’s pledge to UT on Saturday night, but he said he didn’t announce it because his cellphone died on his way home from the visit. It was the second visit Vahe had made to Texas’ campus in a week after an unofficial visit on Monday.

“It was really fun on Saturday,” Vahe said. “Everyone made me feel at home. I just wanted my family to be able to watch me play in college, and that was one of the reasons. I liked the opportunity and I feel like I should be a part of their team.”

For Vahe, a commitment to the Longhorns was no surprise after his cousins, Keller (Texas) 2014 defensive end Sione Teuhema and 2015 tackle Maea Teuhema, committed in May.

Vahe was expected to attend the program’s new “Texas Stampede” recruiting event this Saturday, but he instead chose to do his visit to Austin to better get to know the coaching staff and all that the Longhorns have to offer.

He’d considered pulling the trigger on a commitment at Texas camp in June, but Vahe was unable to attend. He made up for that with a pair of visits that sold him on joining the Longhorns’ impressive 2015 class.

“I told them at the end of the day I was committing,” Vahe said. “It was really exciting. I just liked the way they brought me into their school and showed me around and made me feel at home.”

Vahe is the fourth offensive lineman in the Longhorns’ 2015 class, joining Teuhema and fellow ESPN 300 prospects Aaron Garza (Sherman, Texas/Sherman) and Connor Lanfear (Buda, Texas/Hays).

In fact, all eight members of the Longhorns’ 2015 class made ESPN’s initial Junior 300. Vahe becomes the No. 2 rated prospect in the class behind Teuhema, and he’s ranked No. 11 in the state of Texas.

He’d considered waiting until after his junior season to make a decision, but a chance to stick with the Teuhema brothers at the next level was too good to turn down.

“They were really happy that we’re all going to go to college together,” Vahe said. “I’m happy, too.”

Texas visit, offer intrigues 2015 RB 

July, 28, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas brought in dozens of big-time prospects and targets for the 2014 and 2015 class for its Texas Stampede event on Saturday. Only one of those recruits went home with a new offer.


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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.

Longhorns continue to impress Ketchum


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The Longhorns are leaving no rock unturned when it comes to scouting and targeting potential defensive back commitments.

One name that has popped up on their radar lately is three-star TCU safety commitment Nick Orr (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), whose father, Terry Orr, is a former Texas defensive back.


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Three-star safety Jason Hall (Grand Prairie, Texas/South Grand Prairie) has finally committed to the Longhorns.

Hall, who confirmed the commitment via text, had long been rumored to be a Texas lean even before he decommitted from Nebraska on July 5. He had been committed to the Cornhuskers since May 8.

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Max Olson/ESPNJason Hall made his long-awaited commitment to Texas on Saturday.
When he cuts ties with Bo Pelini’s program, though, Hall said there were other schools he was still considering such as Baylor, Oklahoma, Iowa and Utah.

But that all changed when he met with Texas head coach Mack Brown, co-recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers and defensive backs coach Duane Akina in Austin at the Texas Stampede on Saturday.

Hall, who stands 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds, helps the Longhorns fill a desperate position of need at the back end of their secondary. He is the first safety commitment of the class and the second defensive backs pledge along with ESPN 300 cornerback Jermaine Roberts (New Orleans/Saint Augustine).

It remains to be seen if Hall’s commitment has any affect on ESPN 300 safeties Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron) and Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/Bowie), and four-star recruit John Bonney (Houston/Lamar).

Adams will officially visit Texas on Nov. 16 for the Oklahoma State game. Freeman has long had the Longhorns at the top of his list, ahead of TCU and Texas A&M, but still wants to visit LSU before he commits somewhere before his season. Bonney also wants to end his recruitment before the season kicks off but has been pretty mum on who his favorites are.

As for the here and now, though, Hall gives Texas its 22nd commitment in 2014 and a boost in its secondary. He will likely start out at safety but is versatile enough to play cornerback if needed.

He picked up his offer during Texas' June 9 minicamp.

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