'Great Academics' A Key To Acho Pledge

Over the summer, Sam Acho emerged as one of the most sought after prospects in the state of Texas. He had been relatively unknown but after his game film surfaced, scholarship offers started pouring in. Monday morning, the Dallas St. Marks defensive end notified the Texas coaching staff that he wanted to be a Longhorn.

SAM ACHO PROFILE (including video) "I committed this morning at my house," Acho said. "I called the coaches and let them know."

The 6-foot-2, 247-pound Acho became the Longhorn’s 23rd commitment for the class of 2007. Texas is projected to sign 24-25 prospects in February, with Detroit DT Joseph Barksdale and Dallas Skyline S Christian Scott the top candidates to fill out the class.

Texas recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Bruce Chambers recruited Acho for the Longhorns. With his UT pledge, Acho turned down offers from a number of major programs including USC, Nebraska, Virginia, Stanford, SMU, TCU, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Kansas State, Rice and Tulsa.

Why UT?

"Texas is a great school with great academics. I want to major in business and they have a great business program," Acho said. "The coaching staff is great. Coach Mack Brown is an amazing coach and I like my position coaches (Oscar Giles). Distance was also a major factor. Texas is a lot closer than some of the other schools I was looking at like USC, Stanford, and Virginia. My Mom wants to be able to see me play. So it came down to distance and academics."

Schools recruited Acho as both a defensive end and a tight end. He has tremendous athletic ability and could have excelled at either position at the next level, but the Longhorns recruiting him at defensive end where he has dominated the competition in the Southern Preparatory Conference the past two years.

Acho is excited about his commitment to the University of Texas and does not plan on taking any other official visits during the fall.

"I am planning on focusing most of my attention on my senior season. I want to win a state championship," Acho said.

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