Recruiting as you know it under Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown be all crazy. Last night, Texas secured a commitment from a prospect in the 2016 class. If my math is correct, that's a guy who hasn't even played his sophomore season of high school.
According to recruitniks, though, he's a good one. The prospect is Manvel wide receiver Reggie Hemphill, who visited Austin for the newly created Texas Stampede event in late July (also known as the "Patrick Suddes Doin' Work" event). According to 247 Sports ($), Hemphill was told by the coaching staff that he could commit anytime he wanted.
That day came yesterday, and came as a pleasant surprise to the coaching staff. Prior to his commitment, Hemphill was considered a very early lean to the Texas A&M Aggies, so Mack's recruiting coup has a little added schadenfreude. Of course, Hemphill's signing day is also about 2 1/2 years away, leaving plenty of time for recruiting games to be played.
Jeff Howe of 247 Sports believes Hemphill could be the best receiving prospect nationally in his class ($). There's about three more years of development left before we see if that rings true. For now, the Longhorns caught a good one; it'll just take a lot of doing to land him when all is said and done.
Eric Nahlin also has some good stuff up about Hemphill over at Inside Texas' Inside Scoop (free this week), along with some other quality recruiting notes and thoughts on a svelter Joe Bergeron from badass NFL talent guru Greg Cosell.
Highlights of Hemphill doing his thing: