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Football recruiting:

Aaron Williams Shines at UT Camp
Round Rock, Texas defensive back Aaron Williams flew under the radar early in the recruiting process until his performance at the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio. Since then, he has become the star of Texas' 2008 class. Just ask the Longhorn coaches and commits, and they will tell you just how good Williams actually is.

David Snow: Enjoys Meeting the Recruits
There were a lot of surprise commitments during Texas' first junior day back in February, but Gilmer offensive guard David Snow was not one of them. Everybody knew that it was Snow's dream to be a Longhorn. No other schools were even in the picture. Snow returned to Austin for summer camp last weekend and talked about his trip.


Inside Texas Blog: Blackwell for Commissioner
Inside Texas Magazine editor Mike Blackwell lays out his case for being named the Big 12's new Commissioner now that Kevin Weiberg has stepped down, including everything that needs to change in the conference. Right now.


Top recruit Johnson sidelined by heart condition
Austin American-Statesman
Gary Johnson, the Texas Longhorns' top basketball recruit, is unlikely to play this season because of a heart condition, according to his former coach at Aldine High School. The coach, Zeke Smith, said he has been in touch with Johnson but did not know the details of the condition. It was unclear whether the condition could end Johnson's playing career before he ever suits up for a college game.

UT's prized recruit sidelined
Dallas Morning News
The basketball future of Texas freshman power forward Gary Johnson, a top national recruit and an anticipated starter for the Longhorns in 2007-08, may be in jeopardy. Zeke Smith, Johnson's coach at Aldine High School in Houston, said Tuesday night that Johnson has been diagnosed with a heart condition. Smith said Johnson has seen at least two different specialists over the last two weeks who have recommended that Johnson not play basketball for the immediate future.

Ailment may sideline top UT recruit
San Antonio Express-News
A recently discovered heart condition could keep Texas' most prized basketball recruit off the floor for the foreseeable future. Gary Johnson, a freshman projected to be the Longhorns' starting power forward this coming season, has not been cleared for physical activity at UT and might not be able to play, his high school coach, Zeke Smith, said Tuesday.

Top UT basketball recruit could miss season
Houston Chronicle
Aldine's Gary Johnson, one of the top basketball recruits in the nation and a projected starter for the Texas Longhorns, could miss the upcoming season after being diagnosed with a heart condition.


Both Russells, Clark undecided
Austin American-Statesman
Texas right fielder Kyle Russell, a fourth-round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals, still hasn't decided where he'll be playing baseball next year. But it looks more and more like it could be in Austin, wearing a Longhorns jersey.

Baseball players handling summer assignments
The University of Texas has one player on the USA Baseball National Team and numerous players in four different collegiate leagues this summer.


Ex Horn Cooper still soaring high
Austin American-Statesman
It's been four years since Carlton Cooper's last "Coop Hoop" — the soaring dunks that dazzled fans when he was a 6-foot-3-inch forward for the Texas Longhorns' basketball team. Of course, that was more than 20 years and a few pounds ago.

Former Longhorns set for minor league debuts
Daily Texan
After being picked 250th in the this year's MLB draft, Adrian Alaniz decided to make his stay at the University of Texas a short one. After leading the Longhorns to the Round Rock Regional with a 12-3 record and leading the team in strikeouts (91) and opponent's batting average (.215), Alaniz will continue his pitching career on a minor league team for the Washington Nationals.

Merle hoping to lend big-game experience to Pelicans pitching staff
Pensacola News Journal
Mac Seibert is adjusting to minor-league baseball's version of a blind draw. The Pensacola Pelicans manager never scouted pitcher Jesen Merle before he signed him. But he's counting on Merle, who helped the Texas Longhorns win the 2002 College World Series, to provide the Pelicans with experience and quality starts.


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