Texas Longhorns: Texas Spring Game 2013

The future of the Longhorns’ defensive front got a big boost over the past few days with the commitment of three defensive linemen.

A fourth could be on the way, judging from what one out-of-state defensive tackle had to say after his weekend visit to Texas.

Jake McMillon (Abilene, Texas/Abilene) knew a decision was coming soon after he visited Texas this weekend. On Monday, he decided the time was right.

The defensive end walked into Abilene coach Steve Warren’s office this morning and said he was ready to make the call.

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Courtesy of Abilene HSJake McMillon committed to Texas two days after visiting for the Orange-White spring game.
McMillon committed to Texas, becoming the 11th member of the Longhorns’ 2014 recruiting class and its second defensive end. He chose Texas over TCU.

“It just felt like the right fit for me,” McMillon said in a text message. “Great coaches, great place to be.”

McMillon visited Texas on Saturday for the Orange-White spring game. While he didn’t commit during his visit, he did know he was ready to make up his mind.

“It’s been tough on him,” Warren said. “He narrowed it down to them and TCU. He knew both schools were great. At the end of the day, he felt really comfortable in Austin. He went back with him mom and his family this weekend and came back and decided that was the place for him.”

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive lineman said he was recruited to play end and possibly some nose tackle. He received his offer at the Longhorns’ second junior day on Feb. 23. Ever since then, Texas has been at the top of his list, but TCU made a strong push.

After spending the past month mulling that decision and taking two visits to both schools, McMillon called Texas coach Mack Brown and defensive tackles coach Bo Davis on Monday to deliver the good news.

“I’m thrilled for him,” Warren said. “I told him all along, you can’t make a wrong choice. Both schools are great schools. At the end of the day, you have to feel really comfortable with where you’re spending the next four to five years of your life.”

McMillon earned district defensive MVP honors in 2012 after racking up 14 sacks, 32 tackles and two forced fumbles, and he’ll be a four-year starter for the Eagles. He joins Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan) as the second end in this class.

Texas has now landed three 2014 commits in the past three days after two came Saturday, from center Terrell Cuney (Jasper, Texas/Jasper) and defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao (San Antonio/Warren).
AUSTIN, Texas – David Ash wasn’t up to speed.

For that matter, neither was the rest of the Texas offense. It being the end of March instead of August neither had to be. Sure there were flashes of what this new Texas offense holds, times when the ball was snapped between the optimal 15-20 second mark and moved down the field with the precision befitting the Big 12’s need for speed.

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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

March, 30, 2013
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.

Longhorns offer 2015 DE/LB hybrid 

March, 30, 2013
From the first time Anthony Wheeler (Dallas/Skyline) took to the field as a varsity player, Skyline coaches advertised him with highly regarded adjectives.

“Athletic,” one coach said.

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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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