• Versatile athlete Humphrey commits to Texas

    Three-star  athlete Lil’Jordan Humphrey made his decision where he would be playing college football two weeks ago but couldn’t announce his decision publicly until tonight on NBC Dallas-Fort Worth — where he chose the University of Texas.

    “Great place,” Humphrey said on NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. “When I went down there on my official visit, I really bonded with the players [and] coaches and just knew it was home for me.”

    Humphrey is listed as an athlete. He played both running back and wide receiver at Southlake Carroll High School, but he’ll likely be playing wide receiver for the Longhorns with his 6-foot-4-inch frame. He will be the fourth wide receiver to join this year’s class that includes Manvel’s Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, Temple’s Davion Curtis and early-enrollee Collin Johnson from California.

    The versatile athlete said despite a tough recent history, things are looking up for the Longhorns.

    “They had a little down period but you could see after last year they was really building to be something great and become the program they were before,” Humphrey said at his announcement. “And I’m really interested in being a part of that and making history again.”

    With Humphrey’s decision, he is now the 15th commit in Texas’ 2016 recruiting class. Humphrey is ranked as the nation’s 23rd best athlete and third best athlete in the state of Texas, according to Scout.com.

  • Longhorns win 4-2 against SMU

    Freshman Harrison Scott prepares to hit a backhand at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center. Scott will look to contribute early to a Longhorns roster that lost five seniors from the 2015 squad. Texas is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation.
    Freshman Harrison Scott prepares to hit a backhand at the Weller Indoor Tennis Center. Scott will look to contribute early to a Longhorns roster that lost five seniors from the 2015 squad. Texas is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation.

    The Longhorns men’s tennis squad bounced back from a winless weekend with a Thursday night victory against No. 49 SMU 4-2, continuing in their opening month of team play.
    SMU beat Texas in two of the three doubles matches, giving the Mustangs the doubles point win and a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
    The Longhorns, now 4-3 this season, quickly evened out the score in the singles round when redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky edged Arkadijs Slobodkins 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Harrison Scott kept the momentum with a sweep of junior Markus Kerner.  SMU quickly tied the score at 2-2; however, senior Michael Riechmann dominated en route to a 7-6, 7-5 win over Yates Johnson, again giving Texas the lead, 3-2. Freshman Rodrigo Banzer finished off the win, defeating Ronald Slobodchikov.
    The Longhorns will travel to Columbus, Ohio this weekend to continue in regular season match play against No. 8 Ohio State.

  • Texas swimming and diving takes on Arizona

    Texas swimming and diving will jump back into the competition, traveling to Tucson to take on Arizona this weekend.

    Unlike the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center, Tuscon provides an outdoor pool for its competition. Men’s head coach Eddie Reese said the outdoor meets give valuable information as to the team’s stance under tougher conditions.

    “I remember one meet I didn’t let the guys get out of the bus while I went out and kicked all the ice off of the starting blocks,” Reese said. “It can be cold.  I just tell the guys, ‘Don’t let anyone know you’re cold. Just go out and swim and keep going.’”

    Junior Clark Smith will lead the No. 1 Longhorn men’s team after taking down NCAA and American records in the 1,000 freestyle in last month’s Texas Invitational.

    The No. 4 Texas women will be led by junior swimmer Madisyn Cox and senior diver Meghan Houston. The duo earned Big 12 Swimmer and Diver of the Week awards, respectively, following their performances in the USA Swimming Arena Pro Swim Series held in Austin two weeks ago.

    The 7-2 Longhorns will compete in a two-day meet against the No. 14 Wildcats in one of their last outings before conference championships. The two-day dual meet will start with a traditional 16-event competition on Friday in Tuscon followed by an unscored competition on Saturday. Like the men, Arizona’s outdoor pool will be a change of scenery for the women’s squad.

    “Arizona is a well-coached team and they’ve got some talent,” women’s head coach Carol Capitani said. “We only have two dual meets left, so now’s the time when you fine-tune and decide the last little pieces we need to work on before championship season.”

  • Texas lands four-star cornerback Eric Cuffee

    Cornerback Eric Cuffee, a four-star recruit from Waco High School, is taking his talents to the University of Texas. Cuffee made his announcement official on ESPNU’s Thursday edition of “Recruiting Nation.”

    According to the ESPN Top 300, Cuffee is ranked as the nation’s 11th best cornerback and the state of Texas’ 19th best recruit.

    Cuffee says the deciding factor in his commitment was how comfortable he felt with Texas head coach Charlie Strong.

    “I love Coach Strong and the entire coaching staff,” Cuffee said on ESPNU. “I had a great time with Coach Strong when he came for the in-home. My family really liked him. He was really straightforward, and I appreciated that from him. I loved my official visit, and my mom loved it, too.”

    Cuffee says the program is heading in the right direction and it will only be a matter of time until Texas returns to prominence.  

    “Texas is definitely a program on the rise,” Cuffee said on ESPNU. “They had a bad year last year, but there is a lot of talent for a bounce back year. Deshon [Elliott], Malik [Jefferson] and P.J. [Locke] all recruited me. And they are all young and will help the program grow. It’s going to be good in the future.”

    Cuffee is the 14th player in Texas’ 2016 recruiting class and is the first big domino to fall in the Longhorns’ last big push before National Signing Day on Feb. 3.

  • Former Texas quarterback Danny Akers dies of cancer

    Danny Akers, son of former Texas head coach Fred Akers and a former Texas quarterback, has died of cancer, according to a report by the Austin American-Statesman.

    Akers was in a four-year battle with Stage 4 renal cell carcinoma. He was 54 years old.

    “It’s just a heart-breaker,” Fred Akers told the Austin American-Statesman on Monday night.

    Akers played for his father during the early 1980s as a reserve quarterback. In a limited role, Akers played in a total of 11 games from 1982-84, making an appearance in all 11 games in 1985. Throughout his career at Texas, Akers completed 10 of 25 passes for 132 yards and had a passer rating of 76.4, according to College Sports Reference. The Longhorns, led by his father, finished 11-1 and won the Southwest Conference title in 1983. Texas lost to the Georgia Bulldogs 10-9 in the 1984 Cotton Bowl Classic following the 1983 season. 

    Akers is survived by his three children: Alix, Hunter and Danielle.