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AUSTIN (KXAN) — National Signing Day has come and gone. High school athletes from across the country signed on the dotted line, picking college football destinations Wednesday.
The early national signing period has become the main signing day for the major college football programs. The Texas Longhorns are looking to close with a flurry in Steve Sarkisian’s first full year of recruiting for Texas. Despite a 5-7 record in 2021, Texas has received verbal commitments at key positions over the last week, making a massive statement.
The Longhorns have their quarterback for the future as former Southlake Carroll passer Quinn Ewers announced Sunday he will transfer to Texas after spending last season at Ohio State.
Ewers, who was the top-ranked recruit in the class of 2022, reclassified to the 2021 class and graduated early so he could enroll with the Buckeyes before the season. Once committed to the Longhorns under Tom Herman, Ewers will be charged with leading Texas back to national success.
In desperate need of more physicality, Sarkisian went after and reeled in some key targets on the offensive line over the weekend. The No. 15 player in the country, offensive tackle Kelvin Banks, chose Texas Saturday after recently de-committing from Oregon’s class. The Longhorns followed that up with pledges from Allen High School’s Neto Umeozulu and Duncanville’s Cameron Williams.
Central Texas high school players at LBJ, Bowie, Westlake, Manor and Lake Travis High School will be celebrating a major accomplishment with signing day ceremonies Wednesday. KXAN will be in attendance at those ceremonies.
5:15 p.m.: Earlier Wednesday, Lake Travis High School’s Caleb Burton signed to Ohio State.
5:06 p.m.: While the athletes perform on the field with one day hoping they can play ball beyond high school, the parents are the ones making it all work behind the scenes. The journey from Pop Warner to big-time Division I college football isn’t done alone. That’s what makes a day like Wednesday a special one.
KXAN caught up with moms and dads of some of the students on National Signing Day, who share what this day means for them and what it took to get there. Read the full story below.
2:45 p.m.: Over at LBJ Early College High School, Oscar Gordon officially signed to play football at Texas Southern University. During the ceremony, coaches said Gordon exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete. Gordon thanked his family and teammates for helping him get this far.
The LBJ Jaguars made history on Saturday, earning the school its first trip to a state championship game. Not only that, the school is the first Austin ISD school to play for a state title since 1973. The Jaguars will face Stephenville in the 4A Division 1 championship Friday at 11 a.m.
You can watch the full signing in the video player below.
1 p.m.: Another Longhorns recruit is set to kick off a signing ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Regents School’s Will Stone, the third-ranked kicking recruit in the country by 247Sports, will join the Longhorns special teams squad with the graduation of kicker/punter Cameron Dicker.
Stone also had an offer from Michigan State.
Noon: As it currently stands, Texas has the Big 12’s top recruiting class and the nation’s fifth-best class, according to 247Sports. The Longhorns have secured commitments from two 5-star recruits, Summer Creek offensive lineman Kelvin Banks and transfer quarterback Quinn Ewers, plus 16 4-star recruits and eight 3-star recruits.
The Georgia Bulldogs currently sit at the top of the 247Sports recruiting board. Not far behind is Texas A&M, followed by Alabama and Ohio State.
11:15 a.m.: Manor’s Che Nwabuko, rated as a 3-star athlete by 247Sports, signed with the University of Pittsburgh. Nwabuko also plans to compete on the track team at Pitt and showcase his blazing speed. Nwabuko also had offers from Marshall, the Air Force Academy, Kansas and Liberty.
10 a.m.: In one of the big flips of the day thus far, the nation’s No. 8-ranked cornerback is now headed to Austin. Terrance Brooks is from Little Elm, Texas, in the north part of the DFW metroplex between Denton and Frisco, spurned the Ohio State Buckeyes and signed his letter of intent to play for the Longhorns. Wescott Eberts of Burnt Orange Nation had the news first, and apparently, Brooks loves Takis if the picture is any indication. Brooks had offers from some of college football’s biggest programs, including Alabama, Oregon and Florida.
9 a.m.: The University of Texas at Austin has been announcing its signed commitments on its @TexasFootball Twitter account all morning. In an effort to boost its offensive line, Texas signed a 4-star recruit from right here in Texas, Duncanville’s Cameron Williams.
8:30 a.m.: In the midst of preparing to play in Saturday’s Class 6A Division II championship game, the Westlake HS program is celebrating five players who are signing letters of intent Wednesday. You can watch the ceremony live on the Westlake Nation Facebook page.
Signing letters Wednesday are:
- Cade Klubnik, Clemson University
- Bray Lynch, Indiana University
- Charlie Barnett, Army West Point
- Connor Robinson, Texas
- Ethan Burke, Texas (He had previously verbally committed to Michigan)
8 a.m.: The first signing ceremony of the day in the KXAN viewing area is at Bowie High School. Quarterback Diego Tello will sign his letter of intent to play for the UTSA Roadrunners. The Roadrunners won the Conference USA championship and will play San Diego State in the Miami Beach Bowl.
Bowie went to the third round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs after finishing third in District 26.