"It's going really well," Erik Huhn said of his rehab. "I'm getting physical therapy and just trying to get better a little bit at a time."
Huhn doesn't have a timetable for his recovery yet, but he said he hopes to be ready for his first season on the 40 Acres. This isn't the first long recovery that Huhn has gone through — he had an injury his sophomore year heading into his junior year as well.
"It doesn't really make things easier," Huhn said. "Because you're still missing your senior year. But I know what I have to do to get ready, and I just have to keep my head up and keep working."
But not all of Huhn's work has been for his personal gain. Despite the fact that he's been ruled out for the rest of the season, Huhn still attends every practice and serves as a player/coach, trying to help his replacement and the rest of the Steele secondary get back to state.
"Whatever coach asks me to do, or needs me to do, I'll do," Huhn said.
"He's doing a great job helping us work out in the secondary, and has really been in Tyler Petoskey's ear to help him improve," said Michael Jinks, Cibolo Steele coach. "I think that's why Erik is who he is. He's team-first and everything that embodies that description."
While that's a trait the Longhorns will certainly love, it was Huhn's individual skill set that impressed the Texas coaches. Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina asked Huhn to come to the Longhorns' summer camp to prove he could cover receivers 1-on-1. And when he did just that, the Longhorns extended an immediate offer, and Huhn immediately accepted.
"That was where I knew I wanted to go," Huhn said. "My dad was there with me, so I talked it over with him, and then I told coach that Texas was where I wanted to be."
Huhn has been a solid commitment ever since, attending the Baylor game and keeping in contact with Akina. And he has a great role model to follow in his older brother Shane, who has emerged early on in his UTEP career as a player to be reckoned with in the Miners' secondary.
"He told me to just get back to full health and get ready for next year," Huhn said. "That's the advice that I'm trying to follow."
Huhn said he and his father have talked about attending the Texas-TCU game on Thanksgiving as well.