Charles Checks In To Practice

RB Jamaal Charles, considered the offensive jewel of the 2005 Texas recruiting class, was at practice Thursday for the first time as a Longhorn after completing NCAA clearinghouse requirements.

"We were excited to have Jamaal Charles join our team today for good," head coach Mack Brown said.

Charles must now go through the progression of two days in shorts, and then two days in shoulder pads, before fully suiting out and participating in full contact drills. The Longhorns will don pads for the first time this season, Friday, August 12.

Charles (6-1, 190) is a two-time first team all-stater who rushed for 4,107 yards and 50 touchdowns during his last two seasons at Port Arthur Memorial. Last month, he was named the MVP of the annual Texas High School Coaches Association All-Stars game in San Antonio. Charles joins fellow RB Henry Melton who was cleared by the NCAA just two days ago.

"All of the guys are here," Brown said. "We're full speed and ready to go. It's a time when we're putting in all of the offense and all of the defense."

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