Texas Longhorns: Bryce English

Texas hosting second junior day

February, 28, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- After a successful first junior day that led to two verbal commitments, Charlie Strong hosts his second Texas junior day event on Saturday.

Among those expected to attend are ESPN Junior 300 prospects Derrius Guice (Baton Rouge, La./Catholic), James Lockhart (Ennis, Texas/Ennis), Conner Dyer (Mesquite, Texas/Horn), Bryce English (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and J.W. Ketchum (Missouri City, Texas/Marshall).

Here's the list of recruits planning to visit Austin this weekend:

Strong, Texas hosting first junior day 

February, 22, 2014
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Texas takes its first big step toward building up its 2015 recruiting class under new coach Charlie Strong on Saturday, with the Longhorns’ first junior day of the year.

The Longhorns are reportedly bringing in as many as 70 prospects for unofficial campus visits this weekend, including six committed prospects and more than a dozen ranked in the ESPN 300.

Programs off to fast start in 2015 

November, 19, 2013
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While recruiting is undoubtedly a marathon and not a sprint, that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with a good start.

The key for any program is being able to sustain and finish strong, and only time will tell which programs will be able to do that, but what we do know is which teams are off to a fast start in the Class of 2015. Below are the five programs that are leading the pack early for 2015, as well as a few other notable fast starters:


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Big 12 recruiting storylines: Sept. 19 

September, 19, 2013
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It’s another week of college football, and eyes will be focused on several different things. Can Texas get out of its defensive funk? Will Baylor add more firepower to its already-loaded class? Can Kansas State return to its Big 12 champion ways? Will the world hear commitment announcements from any ESPN 300 players following official visits?

Here are some of the Big 12 recruiting storylines for the week:

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Big 12 recruiting storylines: Sept. 5 

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College football is in full effect, but high school football opened with a bang as well. From SportsCenter-worthy catches to conflicting reports about a Big 12 commit -- or decommit, depending on which side you believe -- the weekend is expected to provide a lot of enthusiasm and excitement.

Here’s a look at some of the Big 12 storylines:


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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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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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In this week’s edition of The Heard:

  • Texas Stampede visitors list

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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 will now 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:

  • Visiting CB considering commitment
  • Roberson still solid?
  • Garrett taking his time, has visits lined up
  • Texas moving up list for Watch List CB
  • Bahamian transplant wants to hear from UT
  • 2015 OLB has Texas on top
  • Luginbill talks Texas prospects

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Overcast skies cast a welcomed escape from the sun over the weekend in Austin. While they never opened up to supply the city with much-needed rain, a perfect storm did in fact unfold on the University of Texas.

The unique combination and location of the Texas Relays and the Longhorns’ spring game supplied coach Mack Brown, director of player personnel Patrick Suddes and the rest of Texas’ staff the perfect opportunity to entertain recruits and give them a taste of what takes place in the state’s capitol.


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AUSTIN, Texas -- It might take some time perfecting the pronunciation of Trey Lealaimatafao. But, for the Longhorns, that’s something they’ll have plenty of time to work on.

Lealaimatafao, a 2014 defensive tackle from San Antonio Warren, tells HornsNation that he committed to the Longhorns on Saturday during the spring game.

“I just love the school. I just couldn’t wait, you know,” he said. “I spoke with all the commits like Jerrod Heard, Lorenzo Joe. We all talked about it. I talked about it with my parents and felt like that was the place to be.”

Lealaimatafao, who is 6-foot-2 and 301 pounds, was the second Class of 2014 recruit to commit to Texas on Saturday. Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas/Jasper) committed in the afternoon. The Longhorns now have 10 commitments in the class.

In Lealaimatafao, Texas is making progress toward revamping a depleted cupboard of interior linemen. 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.

They picked up a commitment from 2015 DT Bryce English (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) on Friday.

Lealaimatafao also had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, Iowa State, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Texas State and Tulsa. He was carefully considering Ole Miss, Alabama and Oklahoma.

“I consider myself as a fast and explosive player who can really get off the ball,” he said. “I don’t quit. I do whatever I can to help my team win.”

Lealaimatafao actually grew up rooting for USC but the weekend’s festivities on the University of Texas proved to be reason enough for a change of heart.

Texas lands 2015 CB Jalen Campbell

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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.
AUSTIN, Texas -- It was only a matter of time before 2014 center Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas/Jasper) became a Texas Longhorn.

That time came on Saturday.

Terrell Cuney
William Wilkerson/ESPNClass of 2014 center Terrell Cuney is Texas' ninth commit of the Class of 2014.
Cuney, who had told HornsNation in the past that he wanted to visit a few schools before making his decision, decided the time was right to go ahead and pledge to the Longhorns.

In town for Texas’ spring game, Cuney let the coaches know in a visit in their office.

“It takes a lot of pressure off of me,” Cuney said. “I just felt like it was time, simple as that.”

Cuney chose the Longhorns over offers from TCU and Texas Tech but was receiving heavy interest from a host of schools, including Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Utah.

He joins Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints) as Texas’ offensive line commitments, and is the ninth overall commit in Texas' 2014 class.

“I went into their office and sat down with all the coaches,” he said. “It was just something I needed to do. I can’t wait.

“They were too happy. Everybody was just congratulating me. I told Coach [Mack] Brown, Coach [Stacy] Searels and Coach [Bo] Davis.”

The Longhorns loaded up on offensive linemen in 2013, adding one of the best units in the country. The Longhorns won't take many offensive linemen in their 2014 class. But a program can never have too many linemen, and the Longhorns got a good one on Saturday.

“They are getting somebody who is going to work, somebody who is going to do whatever it takes to make them better,” he said. “That’s all I can say.”

Cuney is the second player to commit to Texas in the last 24 hours. Bryce English, a 2015 defensive tackle from DeSoto, Texas, committed on Friday.

The Longhorns have also offered several 2015 recruits in the past few days as they try and keep momentum on their side on the recruiting trail.
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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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:

  • Spring game comes at right time
  • Gators commitment will visit Texas
  • ESPN 100 G talks official visit
  • Visit an important one for Alaka
  • Louisiana DT making trip to Austin
  • Louisiana DT likes Longhorns
  • UT commit unwavered by OU offer
  • DB Johnson back for spring game

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