Recruiting: Texas grabs second verbal

Sunday marked the start of two weeks of <B>Mack Brown's</B> UT football camps for prep football players, and not long after the end of the first mini-camp on the Forty Acres, the Texas head coach received a phone call from one of the attendees.

That call came from Strake Jesuit TE Steven Hogan. Hogan, phoning from the car on his way back home to Houston after participating in Sunday's mini-camp, told Brown that he wanted to be a Longhorn.

Hogan told IT Sunday night that nothing that he saw or did during the mini-camp convinced him to play his college ball at Texas. He'd been convinced long ago.

"I've been thinking about it for a long time," Hogan said. "I knew before I came to camp. I love the coaching staff, it's close to home and all my friends, the academics are good and my dad went there so there's family tradition. I like everything about the football program and I like the family atmosphere."

Hogan's family ties to UT brought him to Austin often. The 6-5 1/4, 236-pounder (as measured Sunday at the mini-camp) said his family has had season tickets for his entire life.

Hogan also said Stanford, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Northwestern, Florida, Colorado, Baylor, Purdue and Alabama offered scholarships. The Horns, though, obviously won out.

Recruited by Texas as a TE, Hogan said his speed led to the long list of suitors above. Hogan told IT he ran a 4.65 40 on grass in cleats at the Sunday mini-camp, although his best time on the track is 4.52.

Although Hogan considered camping in Palo Alto -- "I love the place," he said, "but Texas is a better place for me" -- he told IT he does not plan to attend any other camps or take any more visits.

Hogan is UT's second verbal commitment. Katy Taylor C Dallas Griffin committed to Texas in late March.

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