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  1. Decision Day: 4-star WR Kelshaun Johnson Hitchcock (Texas) High 4-star wide receiver and explosive playmaker Kelshaun Johnson is scheduled to announce his decision at around 5:30 p.m. central today. Headed into Monday, Texas A&M has been trending for three weeks with the Houston area speedster. The work of Holmon Wiggins has been strong in the favor of the Aggies with an assist from Mike Elko. Texas has attempted to turn up the heat in the last week and half with Steve Sarkisian and Chris Jackson in constant contact with Johnson and his mother. Johnson and his mother spoke with Sarkisian and Jackson a final time Monday headed into Tuesday's decision. OTF believes Johnson ended Monday continuing to lean to the Aggies. OTF will continue to check in with sources close to the recruitment to see if there is any change today headed into the announcement.
  2. 2025 IMG Academy LB Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng tells me he has been in contact with Texas recently. Texas just added its second linebacker to the 2025 class with the addition of Jonathan Cunningham out of North Crowley. Owusu-Boateng was reported to be visiting Texas during the weekend of April 13, however he did not make it to campus. Still, however, there remains interest on his side and a visit at the end of the month or near the beginning of the season could be in store. Nothing has been locked in yet, but certainly a situation to monitor at the moment.
  3. I reported a little over a week ago that the Longhorns felt good about both Jalin Flores and Jared Thomas returning to next year’s squad. Unfortunately, Thomas was selected No. 42 overall by the Colorado Rockies and that ship has sailed. The good news, however, is Texas’ optimism was well warranted, as Flores made the news official yesterday that he would remain in Austin. That move is huge for Schlossnagle and his staff for several reasons. Obviously it provides the Horns with a reliable and experienced bat, as Flores finished the 2024 season with a .340 average, hitting 82 times in 241 at bats, while going yard 18 times in that span. More importantly it helps shore up the infield and gives Texas it’s starter back at shortstop. Sources have expressed concern about the position behind the scenes and I was told it was a major question mark heading into the fall. In short, Flores coming back might be the biggest victory of the offseason thus far. *** Many fans have been wondering about where things stand with RHP Lebarron Johnson Jr. and the possibility of him returning to the Forty Acres as well. LBJ was also drafted by the Rockies with the No. 139 overall pick. The truth of the matter is, no one seems to really know. What I can tell you is that Texas has made their pitch and is in wait and see mode. Personally I think it would benefit LBJ to come back. CJ and I both noted over the course of the season that his pitching left a lot to be desired and was, well… flat with little movement on his most common pitches. Many people I spoke with also felt working with new pitching coach Max Weiner would benefit him. Stay tuned, as we should know very soon. *** Texas has taken a number of pitchers since the new staff arrived in Austin, adding guys from the high school ranks to JUCO to taking transfers. I liked what @CJ Vogel said the other day, when he compared Schlossnagle/Weiner adding pitchers to Steve Sarkisian/Kyle Flood adding offensive linemen. There’s so much truth to that “the cupboard is bare” comparison. So don’t be surprised when the Horns continue add more in the near future. They’re still actively evaluating and pursuing players at this time. *** When it comes to the rotation, there’s still a lot up in the air. Obviously nothing is set in stone this early and that will all get settled between now and February. With that said, I wouldn’t be surprised if a weekend starter is still out in the portal. *** Elite RHP Drew Rerick took his name out of the MLB Draft yesterday. Rerick, who boasts a 96 mph fastball along with a handful of other pitches, is considered one of the top 75 high school players in the nation. Yet another major win for the Horns. *** Finally, a lot of you have asked about Stanford ace pitcher Nijaree Canady. Information has been extremely tough to come by, but I can tell you Texas continues to recruit Canady since she entered the portal. Texas and OU are the two options I continue to hear the most, with Florida also having a shot. One school that is trying hard to get in the mix of things is Oklahoma State. There’s only one problem… they’ve taken two pitchers out of the portal already. Mix that with what’s already on campus and they have a bit of a logjam at the position. The Sooners are also facing that same problem. They, too, have added two, as Campbell transfer Isabella Smith and Louisiana transfer Sam Landry have committed to Oklahoma.
  4. Texas SS Jalin Flores will be back in Austin for 2025, OTF can confirm. Kendall Rogers first to report. Absolutely huge news for Jim Schlossnagle in year one.
  5. OnTexasFootball spoke with Ruston (La.) High 4-star CB Aidan Anding in the last ten minutes. Anding, 5-11 and 175, has four schools remaining in the mix: Texas, Arkansas, Miami and LSU. Anding remains scheduled to visit LSU the last weekend in July. With that said, he told OTF that there is the possibility he cancels that visit. A decision will be made on that by Sunday night. If LSU is canceled, Texas or Arkansas will likely be the pick in the next week to 10 days.
  6. Five-star Lewisville OT Michael Fasusi will make his decision August 21 per Hayes Fawcett. Fasusi has a final five of Texas, Oregon, Missouri, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. However, we at OTF believe it is a Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma battle with the decision likely coming down in Red River Shootout fashion.
  7. We all know change is coming at some point to college football and more specifically the world of NIL. The Oklahoma Sooners have made an interesting move to get out ahead of what could be known as the salary cap era when it comes to NIL. 'General Managers' have popped up in college football this offseason, but in terms of spending the actual allocation of funds on prospects, this takes it to a whole 'nother level.
  8. The Tampa (Fla) Tech 4-star+ WR and Oregon verbal has been in contact with Texas frequently since May. This is one the Horns have been recruiting heavily behind the scenes.
  9. Another tremendous addition to the future of the Texas Baseball program. Jim Schlossnagle and his staff have landed the No. 1 player in the state of Texas — Kayson Cunningham, an infielder out of San Antonio Johnson HS. Cunningham was previously committed to Texas Tech, though reopened his recruitment and made the decision to stay closer to home and pick the Longhorns.
  10. Want to get a little more of a sneak peek in the next few weeks of what some of the new additions to the Texas roster in 2024. As we near the beginning of training camp, you will begin to hear more and more of newcomers and the roles they are beginning to fill. Today, I wanted to start with Oregon State transfer WR Silas Bolden. After going through all of the opening drives Sarkisian and the Longhorns had in 2023, I am left with the belief that you will see a lot of Silas Bolden early in ballgames. Texas ran some sort of a screen play on nearly 18% of their plays on opening drives a year ago. It is not uncommon for Sarkisian to get his quarterbacks into rhythm early by seeing an easy throw and catch via a screen or short pass attempt. *** Looking back at Bolden's numbers in 2023, I was actually a bit surprised by how little he was used behind the LOS. 80 total targets 17 – beyond 20 yards 25 – between 11–20 yards 31 – between 0–9 yards 7 – behind LOS Where Bolden did his most damage was under 10 yards. On 31 targets, he hauled in 25 passes for an 80.6% rate. And though, only seven of his targets came behind the LOS, he had a tremendous YAC rate. Now, YAC rates are skewed on these types of pass plays as you can only really go forward, but an 11.7 YPC rate on screens behind the LOS is certainly noteworthy. For comparison, Xavier Worthy had a 9.9 YPC mark on 26 receptions coming from 29 targets in 2023. On deep throws: Bolden is an interesting case study on deep pass attempts. He was targeted 17 times beyond 20 yards downfield, though only hauled in five receptions. Not a great hit rate. But looking further into the numbers, and well it is not much of a surprise as to why. Among those 17 targets, only two were classified as 'contested' by PFF. Meaning either Bolden was able to haul in the pass whilst being open downfield, or the ball was poorly thrown. Center of the Field That intermediate range is where Bolden made his money a year ago, and luckily for him, he is now matched up with the best in the country at throwing passes between 10–20 yards. Bolden on passes between 0-20 yards over the middle of the field: 56 targets 40 receptions 71.4% completion 466 yards 11.65 YPC Most importantly above anything else, only two drops on 80 targets in 2023. Reliable with plenty of room for explosivity in 2024. I would expect to see plenty of Silas Bolden early on in the season and more specifically, early in ballgames throughout the season.
  11. Four-star Eau Gallie (Fla.) defensive lineman Brandon Brown has made his decision – and Brown is headed to LSU. The relationship with Bo Davis ends up being the ultimate factor here for the Florida native. Folks in his corner were clear about the relationship and belief in Davis who was the first defensive line coach to buy into the potential of Brown almost a full year ago. Brown had been committed to Texas since December and now leaves the Longhorns without an interior lineman in the class. Lots of work to be done heading into the season on the trail. View full news story
  12. Another day, another commitment for the Texas Baseball staff. Schlossnagle and Co. head back to the JUCO ranks for the second consecutive day with the commitment of Ethan Walker, a LHP out of Walters State Community College. Walker pitched 30 innings at Walters State this past season, striking out 38, yet accumulating a 4.80 ERA. Walker sits with a 3-quarter delivery off the left side of the mound. He sits mostly around the upper 80's with his fast ball though brings a plus curveball to his game.
  13. Still waiting on a video board to be implemented after some renovations to DKR this offseason. Texas has been making steady improvements to the stadium since the offseason including video board improvements across the facades of the upper decks. A quick update from the outside of the stadium shows the video board is still being worked on. The video board should connect all the way across the upper scoreboard, whereas previously there was about a 15-foot shortage on each side.
  14. 2025 Mansfield Timberview DB Nathan Tilmon has dropped his final three ahead of his upcoming decision. Tilmon took an official visit to Texas during June 18–20. The defensive back boasts a 10.7 100m time in the spring. Tilmon will make his college decision between Texas, TCU and Utah – the exact same final three of North Crowley LB Jonathan Cunningham.
  15. Add another arm to the equation in 2025 for Jim Schlossnagle and Max Weiner. Texas has received a commitment from McClennon LHP Kade Bing, first reported by Dustin McComas of 5-Tool Baseball. Bing provides another left handed arm to the picture after seeing texas mostly stock up on righties offseason. Bing sits mostly in the upper 80’s with his fastball, but it is his offspeed and easy delivery that allow for him to be in the rotation conversation for 2025. Think a right-handed Ace Whitehead. As a freshman at McClennan, Bing went 9–2 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.
  16. Look for announcement dates to change Due to Beryl and the affects on the Houston area expected Monday, OTF has been informed that three announcements scheduled for Monday have been pushed back. Kelshaun Johnson, WR, Hitchcock The OTF 4-star will announce out of Texas A&M and Texas July 10. Time TBD Nicholas Townsend and Tanook Hines The Delaney High 4-stars are likely to announce July 11. Time TBD Townsend has Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Alabama as his finalists. Hines has USC, Notre Dame and Texas as his finalists.
  17. The Texas staff has extended an offer to 2026 ATH Jordan Thomas out of Bergen Catholic HS in West Orange, New Jersey. Thomas projects as a defensive back at the collegiate level and has been a steady riser this offseason. The last four offers prior to Texas were Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia and Notre Dame. Also worth noting that Thomas is from the same high school as current Longhorn Sydir Mitchell.
  18. I chatted briefly with Kelshaun Johnson ahead of his decision. Johnson will announce at 4:15 pm on Monday. He has been in communication with both Texas and Texas A&M in the last day or two as well. That is the final two I am expecting going into Monday.
  19. A source indicated to me after the official visits that a name to keep an eye as the season and cycle progressed would be Lovejoy's Daylan McCutcheon. Texas of course just lost on the sweepstakes of five-star Dakorien Moore and while there will be another shot later in December for his signature, the Longhorns must now pivot on the WR front. McCutcheon is the next guy on the board for the Longhorns with the group of Kaliq Lockett, Kelshaun Johnson and Jaime Ffrench still looking at decisions. While a decision for McCutcheon is set to come July 13 – with Florida State being the leader – I am reminded of this conversation I had a few weeks ago about how the wide receiving group could shake up later on this year.
  20. Four-star Eau Gallie (Fla.) defensive lineman Brandon Brown has made his decision – and Brown is headed to LSU. The relationship with Bo Davis ends up being the ultimate factor here for the Florida native. Folks in his corner were clear about the relationship and belief in Davis who was the first defensive line coach to buy into the potential of Brown almost a full year ago. Brown had been committed to Texas since December and now leaves the Longhorns without an interior lineman in the class. Lots of work to be done heading into the season on the trail.
  21. Per a person close to the recruitment of Melbourne (Fla) Eau Gallie 4-star DL Brandon Brown, he is likely to announce a final decision July 3, 4th or 5th.
  22. Unless there is a change of plan in the next couple of hours … OTF does not believe Dakorien will call the four schools and let them know who’s out prior to announcing
  23. 2025 Conroe CB Dorian Brew has committed to Oregon. The Ducks continue their hot streak this week following the commitments of Josiah Sharma and Jordon Davison.
  24. Texas will host former Arizona State 2B Ethan Mendoza for a visit Saturday. Mendoza spent his high school days at Southlake Carroll before heading out west to Arizona State for his freshman season. He has visited Oklahoma on Monday and then made the trip over to Arkansas the following day. In 2024, Mendoza started 49 games at 2nd base where he slashed .315/.367/.443 ... in other words he had a .910 OPS. With Dee Kennedy departing for the portal and eventually Kansas State, Texas has a vacancy at the 2nd base spot and Mendoza would be a nice addition if the visit goes well.
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