2016 Manvel receiver Reggie Hemphill proved this week that what is old can become new again. The one-time Texas commitment under the previous staff received an offer this week from the new staff on the 40 Acres.
"I guess they saw that I was posting on Twitter that I was at the Texas Relays, so they DM'ed me and gave me a number to call," Hemphill said.
On the other line? Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, Hemphill's area recruiter, along with running backs coach Tommie Robinson and head coach Charlie Strong. But while that conversation was the start of something, Hemphill received better news Tuesday when the staff told Hemphill's coach and his mother that he had an offer.
That was a bit of a swing from where Hemphill was at on Friday, when he said he hadn't heard from the staff in some time. Hemphill actually committed to the previous staff, only to have the new staff revoke his offer, with Strong stating that he wanted to evaluate the young 2016 prospect for himself.
Now, Hemphill knows exactly what the new staff feels about him.
"I mean, it feels good to know that the new staff thinks that highly of me," Hemphill said. "At the same time, I have to build a relationship with them like I did with the old coaches."
Hemphill said part of the reason he committed to the precious staff were the relationships he formed with then-receivers coach Darrell Wyatt, then-running backs coach Larry Porter and then-head coach Mack Brown. But while he was committed to Texas before, he said the Longhorns don't have an edge in his recruitment even after the recent offer.
"It's an open race for me now," Hemphill said. "I don't really know how (Texas's) offense is. So I'm going to form relationships with the coaches and evaluate this upcoming season and see how I like it."