Former Texas DT Andre Jones was found dead Friday morning in an El Paso hotel room. Jones was 24.
Jones was kicked off the team before playing a down for the Horns after he was arrested along with Robert Joseph for an aggravated robbery charge.
Get more details on Jones’ death in the El Paso Times’ story.
Texas Football head coach Charlie Strong speaks with the media about the 2014 signing class:
Per Horns247, former USC quarterback Max Wittek could be transferring to Texas and eligible to play this year.
“The Trojan signal caller plans to graduate this spring and has been actively looking for a landing spot to finish up the remaining two years of his collegiate career. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, that spot for Wittek is most likely going to be Texas.”
Talk about huge news for the most important position on the field and a position where the Longhorns are in desperate need of ANY depth. Wittek wasn’t great in limited opportunities as USC’s quarterback, but as a prep signal caller Rivals had him as a top 3 QB in the country and a 4-star recruit.
Running list of all letters of intent from future Longhorns as they come in today.
19 LOIs Confirmed (10:51am)
DL Jake McMillon
WR Lorenzo Joe
QB Jerrod Heard
WR Roderick Bernard
WR Armanti Foreman
RB D’Onta Foreman
RB Donald Catalon
CB Jermaine Roberts
S Jason Hall
LB Edwin Freeman
WR Garrett Gray
LB Cameron Hampton
DT Chris Nelson
OL Elijah Rodriguez
WR Dorian Leonard
DE Derick Roberson
S John Bonney
OL Terrell Cuney
RB Kevin Shorter
OT Alex Anderson
LB Andrew Beck
TE Blake Whiteley
There’s been much hubbub the last several days as Texas fans reacted to the rumors that Texas coach Mack Brown told commitments visiting during the football banquet weekend that he was forced out that they should “look around”.
Mack responded to those reports via Twitter:
Some of you have asked about my visit w/recruits & their families after I stepped down. Let me assure you it was all positive towards Texas! Our new AD Steve Patterson was there with me and I told the entire group that Texas would hire a great coach, it is a wonderful place and they absolutely should still come.
The initial reports started based on comments from Houston Lamar safety John Bonney who today backed up Brown’s version of events. Bonney said that Brown told recruits that they should come to Texas if they committed to Texas, but if they committed just to play for him that “I certainly encourage you to look elsewhere because I won’t be your coach.”
Overall it sounds like Brown was honest with the kids and did not encourage them to look around but simply stated the obvious that the situation had changed and the players should be thoughtful with their decisions. That’s exactly the kind of honesty and respect with high school recruits that got so many 4 and 5-star recruits to sign with Texas over the previous 16 years.
The first National Signing Day of the Charlie Strong era is tomorrow. He’s kept most of the class together and hopefully signing a couple defensive tackle recruits to close out the class. Stay tuned to @40acressports and the Texas FanGuide app for updates.
After an official visit this weekend, 2014 offensive tackle Elijah Rodriguez has changed his commitment from the Colorado Buffaloes to the Texas Longhorns. Rodriguez is a three-star prospect from Houston Cy Creek who had been under the radar until a big senior season had schools like Florida State and LSU recently trying to pry him away from Colorado.
Texas offensive line coach Joe Wickline is said to be a big fan of Rodriguez’ toughness and agility in a 6-6, 280 pound frame. Wickline went after Rodriguez when he was at Oklahoma State but struck out. Rodriguez might have continued to stick with his CU commitment but he is a lifetime Longhorn fan whose grandfather played for Texas under Darrell Royal.
Longhorn fans got great news Saturday night as Texas Head Athletic Trainer Kenny Boyd announced that quarterback David Ash was cleared to train and practice with the team:
Update on QB David Ash: Head Athletic Trainer for Football Kenny Boyd confirmed Ash is clear for offseason training.
— Longhorn_FB (@Longhorn_FB) January 19, 2014
Ash is anticipated to be available for full participation in spring practices.
— Longhorn_FB (@Longhorn_FB) January 19, 2014
Ash has been out due to concussion symptoms since September 21 against Kansas State. He and freshman Tyrone Swoopes are the only two scholarship QBs Texas has so getting Ash back is huge news. Obviously it’s also great news for Ash as he can finally get back playing football. Hopefully for the sake of his career and his life after football he can stay healthy from here on out.
Watch coach Charlie Strong as he introduces his newly completed Texas coaching staff and answers questions about he’s going to run things:
Love listening to Coach Strong doing the Q&A sessions. His passion and football IQ are clear and contagious. Kids are going to love playing for this guy.
See an overview on the new coaches here if you want to find out who these guys are.
Being reported by multiple sites but not confirmed yet, but it appears that Mississippi State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Les Koenning will be the next wide receivers coach for the Longhorns. Koenning’s hire would confirm that former WR coach Darrell Wyatt will not be returning.
Koenning played at Texas as a wide receiver from 1977-1980 and started his coaching career with the Longhorns in 1981. Prior to being at Mississippi State, he was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M under head coach Dennis Franchione from 2003-2007.