Texas has found its new tight ends/special teams coach.
The Longhorns have hired Gilmer (Texas) High School head coach Jeff Traylor, who has led GHS to three state championships and five state title appearances since taking over as head coach in 2000.
Traylor, a 1986 graduate of Gilmer and former Stephen F. Austin State football player, has compiled a 175-26 record at Gilmer, which has an enrollment of 685 students and is located in East Texas. Traylor's teams won state titles in 2004, 2009 and 2014. The 2004 team was led by former Oklahoma standout Manuel Johnson, while the 2009 team included former Missouri defensive stalwart Braylon Webb.
Traylor's 2014 team included Texas four-star cornerback signee Kris Boyd, Baylor four-star athlete signee Blake Lynch, and 2016 Texas commit Demarco Boyd. Traylor's 2014 Gilmer team finished 16-0 -- his third undefeated team at GHS -- and averaged 59.4 points per game. Gilmer erased an 18-point halftime deficit to beat West Orange-Stark 35-25 in December's Texas Class 4A Division II state championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Gilmer's 950 points in 2014 are second in state history to Aledo's 2013 output (1,023).
During his time at Gilmer, Traylor has coached two dozen FBS signees, including Tay Bowser (Mississippi State), G.J. Kinne (Texas/Tulsa), Curtis Brown (Texas), David Snow (Texas), Justin Johnson (Oklahoma), Lamar Harris (Oklahoma), Tristen Holt (Missouri), Daniel Jenkins (Missouri), Josh Jenkins (Oklahoma State), Darrion Pollard (Rice) and Luke Turner (Rice), among others.
Traylor is one of only four head coaches in East Texas history to win three state crowns, joining Barry Bowman (Daingerfield, 2008-10), Jim Norman (Big Sandy, 1973-75), and Scott Surratt (Carthage), who is the only to win four (2008-10, 2013).