Texas Longhorns: Erik Huhn

Burnt Orange Breakdown: Erik Huhn

June, 16, 2014
Before Texas begins its first season under Charlie Strong, we're taking a deep dive into all the talent he inherits in 2014. Our Burnt Orange Breakdown series will take a closer look at each scholarship player returning this fall and what we can expect from him. We're going down the roster from No. 1 Shiro Davis all the way to No. 99 Desmond Jackson.

No. 32 Erik Huhn
Redshirt freshman safety

Recruitment rewind: Huhn, a four-star safety from Cibolo (Texas) Steele, wasn't a well-known name when he first appeared on the Longhorns' radar in the spring of 2012. But he proved himself at Texas' summer camp, impressing Duane Akina enough to earn an offer. He committed immediately, and by the time he signed, Huhn had offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Georgia, Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU, and 10 other FBS programs. He suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in the season-opener of his senior year.

Career so far: As expected, Huhn was held out for the 2013 season so that he could achieve full recovery from the knee injury and, according to his official Texas athletics profile he also dealt with a shoulder injury.

Best-case scenario for 2014: The 6-foot-3, 214-pound safety needs to get healthy and get started on special teams. He had a knack for big hits in his junior year at Steele, and you wonder if eventually Huhn will end up delivering those hits from an outside linebacker spot. He's got the size to make that transition, and like incoming freshman Edwin Freeman, Huhn is a true "tweener" who can lend help in run support when healthy. The new staff just needs to figure out where he fits.

Worst-case scenario for 2014: You hope Huhn isn't given another injury-related setback because he hasn't played in a football game in two years and his college career has only just begun. There's going to be some rust, naturally, and Huhn might have to contribute as a scout-team player this fall if he doesn't establish himself in fall camp.

Future expectations: Again, much depends on whether he's asked to play safety or linebacker. Either way, the junior film doesn't lie: Huhn is an aggressive player with a nose for the ball. He's the biggest defensive back on Texas' roster, and if/when his injury issues subside, he could be a sneaky good player down the road.

Critical positions in Big 12 recruiting 

September, 3, 2013

What’s the most critical position in the Big 12? It depends on who you talk to. In a conference that rides its offensive reputation, some coaches are hoping to land players that will help them score points, while others are looking for the prospects to prevent points.

As official visits become finalized and uncommitted players get closer to announcing their commitments, here is a look at some of the most critical positions in recruiting for the Big 12 teams.
The play happened in slow motion to those who watched San Antonio during Cibolo (Texas) Steele’s season opener against San Antonio Madison in 2012.

Four-star safety Erik Huhn reached up somewhat majestically to snag an interception on Steele’s second play on defense; he stopped Madison’s running back at the line of scrimmage on the first play.

On the way down is where everything went wrong.

Huhn, the 16th-ranked safety in the nation, crumpled to the ground untouched and clinched his left leg in agony. He was helped off the field and to a table behind Steele’s bench. Diagnosis: torn ACL, out for the season.

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Max Olson/ESPN.comTexas safety signee Erik Huhn is recovering from a knee injury.
It was a crushing blow to Huhn’s psyche at the time as he struggled to cope with the reality of his situation.

But he knew he couldn’t mope in the world of what-ifs. He had to help his team. He’d just have to do it vocally. He’d need to hit rehab hard. Feed his soul positive thoughts.

Doubters crept in, believing he’ll never be the same. It was inevitable. That’s fine by him. He’s just using that as fuel to work harder and get back to the level he was at when he committed to the Longhorns.

HornsNation caught up with Huhn to discuss the state of that ACL and his thoughts on beginning his career at Texas with a healthier knee on the verge of being 100 percent.

HornsNation: You haven’t played football in a very, very long time. I’m sure you are overly excited to get back to the game, aren’t you?

Erik Huhn: I’m really excited. I haven’t played in a year-and-a-half now, missing what I love to do. I’m really excited to get back out there on a bigger level, a bigger stage and show what I’m made of. Hopefully I can have a good season.

HN: What do you miss most about the game?

Huhn: I just miss being out there with my best friends. A bunch of stuff happens and afterward you talk about it with your friends. Everyone at school is telling you that you did a good job. It’s just the friendships you build with everyone and the love from the fans. I miss everything.

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Horns Snapshot: S Erik Huhn 

January, 31, 2013
To gear up for 2013 national signing day, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson is breaking down every commitment in the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Safety Erik Huhn, Cibolo, Texas/Steele | 6-foot-2, 205 pounds

Committed: June 3, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 80. Four-star recruit

ESPN.com rankings: No. 16 safety, No. 64 player in Midlands region, No. 56 player in Texas.

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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.

  • Texas' most elusive commit talks about his recent visits
  • Two sports an option for a Horns commit?
  • More on new juco WR target
  • Running back search continues
  • Longhorns in contention for Las Vegas RB
  • Huhn ready to be a Horn
  • Dallas safety to attend UT junior day
  • 2014 OL coming to 1st junior day
  • Houston WR not interested in Texas

Read The Heard after the jump.

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Texas visit an eye-opener for OL Hammad 

January, 21, 2013
Back when Texas first reached out to Rami Hammad, his high school coach offered some simple advice: If they offer, you better take a visit.

By Sunday, the Irving, Texas, offensive lineman certainly understood why Aaron De La Torre said that. The visit left such a strong impression that the three-star recruit decided it was time to decommit from Baylor.

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Roundtable: Must-get 2014 recruits 

January, 4, 2013
Every Friday, HornsNation recruiting writers William Wilkerson and Max Olson will answer a question about the Longhorns.

Jamal Adams
Damon Sayles/ESPNLewisville, Texas, safety Jamal Adams is a huge recruit for Texas in the 2014 class.
This week's question: Which 2014 recruit is a must-get for the Longhorns?

William Wilkerson: Lewisville (Texas) Hebron S Jamal Adams

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Postseason stat check: Texas commits 

December, 26, 2012
The Texas high school football season officially came to an end on Saturday. That day proved to be a big one for 2014 quarterback commit Jerrod Heard, but he’s not the only future Longhorn who thrived in 2012.

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Miller SafritWR Jake Oliver, a Texas commit, had a remarkable season.
Receiver commit Jake Oliver delivered another historic season. He finished No. 1 among Class 5A receivers in the DFW area in both receptions and receiving yards, and in doing so set the new state record for career receptions with 308. That’s good for second-best in the national record books, too.

While the season stats of Tyrone Swoopes will earn some scrutiny, there’s no questioning what Heard did in his junior year. The Denton Guyer standout finished with 4,228 total yards of offense and a combined 52 touchdowns (35 rushing).

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Will 2013 Texas class make early impact? 

December, 22, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -- Nobody has played more true freshmen than Texas over the past two years.

Eighteen hit the field in 2011. Another 16 in 2012.

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Kevin Jairaj/US PresswireMack Brown's 2013 recruiting class might not be needed to contribute early because of the Longhorns' young roster.
In 2013, few teams will play less newcomers than the Longhorns. The simple fact is Texas, despite the record, is loaded with returning talent at every position. And those few freshmen who did not play at the start of their careers are starting to appear more and more ready to step up now.

"In fact, all of them have looked really good," said Texas coach Mack Brown of the redshirts participating in bowl practice. "I think that's a great class. For us to have played 16 of them and the ones that didn't play looked good. So it will be fun to watch those guys through the spring."

That fun might have to be tempered with a few hard decisions when it comes to mixing and matching where to put the bodies. But that there finally are experienced bodies in place bodes well for Texas, even if doesn’t for those in the incoming class of 2013 who want to play right away.

The grumblings probably won’t be too loud, however, simply because there are not that many voices to be heard. Texas has 12 commitments from high school players with quite possibly only one more high school prospect becoming a commitment, Andrew Billings (Waco, Texas/Waco). If that remains the case, this will be the smallest class of high school players Brown has signed in his tenure at Texas.

Texas has and is expected to continue to try and supplement this class with junior college players. De'Vondre Campbell (Hutchinson, Kan./ Hutchinson CC) is a possibility at linebacker and Geoff Swaim (Chico, Calif./Butte CC) is coming in as a tight end. There might be more to come. And that further clogs up the playing pipeline for next year’s true freshmen.

Whether or not Campbell signs with Texas, the linebacker spot should have enough bodies so that Deoundrei Davis (Cypress, Texas/ Cypress Woods) is not pressed into early playing time. Texas should have a healthy Jordan Hicks back as well as returning starter Steve Edmond and the emerging Peter Jinkens as the first group. That leaves Texas with a strong group of reserves in Tevin Jackson, Dalton Santos, Kendall Thompson, and Demarco Cobbs. Thompson has started in the past and will get a shot. Cobbs also has started but might be seen as more of a third down specialist in the future.

Texas has three defensive backs committed and that is a spot where the Longhorns will be weakened by the departure of safety Kenny Vaccaro. But moves have already been made to shore up that weakness. Cornerback Quandre Diggs, one of Texas’ best defensive players, has been shifted to safety during bowl practice

"[Defensive backs coach Duane Akina] always likes to move them around and if you have more corners than safeties for next year, you're losing that toughness that Kenny Vaccaro brings and that confidence and leadership; so who will be the guy to step in there and to help that?" Browns said. "So Quandre has played about every day at safety, he knows what to do, and the other end of it."

Adrian Phillips played significantly better in the second half of the season at safety than the first. Mykkele Thompson should also be more prepared. At corner, Carrington Byndom is back, Duke Thomas is available and Josh Turner can play both. While the defensive back position is not loaded, there appear to be enough veteran players to keep Texas from having to dip down and grab someone like Antwuan Davis (Bastrop, Texas/Bastrop), Chevoski Collins (Livingston, Texas/Livingston) or Erik Huhn (Cibolo, Texas/Steele).

The defensive and offensive lines return everybody except defensive end Alex Okafor. Cedric Reed, Reggie Wilson and Shiro Davis will serve as Okafor’s replacement and Jackson Jeffcoat’s backup. So it is unlikely Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina) will see any time. Defensive tackle is Texas’ deepest position and with Malcom Brown commanding more and more playing time there is not much sense is using A'Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas/ Arlington Heights) early.

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S Erik Huhn's pledge to Texas still solid 

December, 17, 2012
The tears welled up in Erik Huhn's eyes Saturday evening, not just because Cibolo Steele’s perfect season was over, but because he just couldn’t do anything about it.

Ever since suffering a torn ACL in his season opener, the four-star safety has tried to find his niche and a way to help his team without playing.

He came up with a new way before Steele’s state semifinal game against Katy: He suited up in full uniform and ran onto the field with his teammates one last time.

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Five from Friday: Taylor worth a look? 

December, 17, 2012
Every week through the football season, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson and Max Olson will break down five things they learned while on the road at Texas high school football games. From the latest on Longhorns commits and offers to game observations to players who caught their attention, they've got you covered. Here’s what they saw this weekend:

Max’s game: Katy vs. Cibolo Steele

1. Taylor does it all

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Every Friday, HornsNation recruiting writers William Wilkerson and Max Olson will answer a question about the Longhorns.

This week's question: Texas has seen Ricky Seals-Jones, Daeshon Hall, Kyle Hicks and now Durham Smythe decommit from the 2013 class. Who is the one recruit Texas can't afford to lose before signing day?

William Wilkerson: There are several choices here but I’m going with ESPN 150 DB Antwuan Davis because of Texas’ struggles recruiting the secondary in this class.

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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 The Heard:

  • Texas team banquet visitors list
  • UT leaders for McEvoy?

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Texas misses out on top S Marcell Harris 

November, 29, 2012
For the second straight year Texas gave a valiant effort in its recruitment of one of the country’s top out of state safeties but ended up with its hat being left on the table.

Last year the Longhorns were one of the key suitors for Landon Collins, who infamously chose Alabama over LSU at the Under Armour All-American Game, much to the chagrin of his mother.

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Derek Tyson/ESPN.comESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris picked the Gators on Thursday.
This year, ESPN 150 safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) chose Florida over Texas, Florida State and Oklahoma.

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Top HS playoff games with Longhorns ties 

November, 20, 2012
The bi-district round of the Texas State high school football playoffs saw mixed results for Longhorns commitments.
For 2013, commitments Jake Raulerson, Jake Oliver, Erik Huhn (thoug he's not playing) are all that remain as the area round begins this week.
Class of 2014 commitments Jerrod Heard, Lorenzo Joe and Derick Roberson are still playing as well.

Here are five games that should be of particular interest to the Longhorns:

• Coppell (11-0) vs. DeSoto (11-0) | Saturday, 1 p.m. at Allen’s Eagle Stadium
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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comClass of 2014 athlete Lorenzo Joe will likely play receiver for the Longhorns.
Players of interest: Texas defensive end offer Solomon Thomas (Coppell); Texas athlete offer Dontre Wilson (DeSoto), an Oregon commitment.
How they got here: Coppell defeated Irving MacArthur 31-7; DeSoto beat Harker Heights 62-15.

Longhorns commitments Darius James and Naashon Hughes didn’t have much success slowing down Wilson and DeSoto’s freight train of offensive talent.

Wilson rushed 19 times for 99 yards and scored touchdowns of 1, 1, 1 and 4 yards against Harker Heights. He also hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass for good measure.

Thomas will try his best to corral the Eagles as he and the Cowboys attempt to keep their state title hopes alive in honor of former teammate Jacob Logan, who passed away on Oct. 14.

• Abilene Cooper (9-2) vs. Arlington (9-2) | Friday, 2 p.m. at Arlington’s Maverick Stadium
Players of interest: Texas 2014 wide receiver commitment Lorenzo Joe (Cooper).
How they got here: Abilene Cooper defeated El Paso Americas 40-21; Arlington beat Keller Timber Creek 28-16.

Joe will spend his time in Austin as a receiver but he is getting the hang of this whole quarterback thing. He passed for 208 yards and rushed for 176 yards in the victory over Americas.

Joe is going to have to get Cooper on the board, and often, as the Colts are averaging 39 points per game this season.

• Lake Dallas (7-4) vs. Waco (8-3) | Friday, 1 p.m. at Midlothian ISD Stadium
Players of interest: Texas offensive line offer Andrew Billings (Waco).
How they got here: Lake Dallas defeated Fort Worth Boswell 20-0; Waco beat Fort Worth Wyatt 42-20.

For the second week in a row, Texas’ schedule works out perfectly for its coaches to be able to attend Billings’ playoff game. The Longhorns were off last week during Billings’ bi-district game, and will have the option of traveling north again the day after Thanksgiving.

Of course TCU’s coaches will also be able to travel to the game. Little things like this have a tendency to linger on recruit’s minds.

• Denton Guyer (9-2) vs. Aledo (10-1) | Friday, 2 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium
Players of interest: Texas 2014 quarterback commitment Jerrod Heard (Guyer)
How they got here: Guyer defeated Saginaw 42-14; Aledo beat Cleburne 45-7.

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Texas Longhorns Show Out On Pro Day
The Texas Longhorns produced several eligible NFL Draft athletes who participated in Pro Day Tuesday afternoon in Austin, Texas.