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Football recruiting:

Chat Transcript: Darrell Scott, Jr. Days, More
Pre-Signing Day Members Only chat with Inside Texas co-publisher Clendon Ross and editor Ross Lucksinger covering Darrell Scott (what's really behind Colorado's apparent late surge), upcoming Longhorn Junior Days (who's likely to commit), and more...

Flashback: The Classes of '04, '05, '06 & '07
Monday, Feb. 18, Inside Texas will release the first in a daily Inside The Class of '08 series. We'll take an in-depth look at all the members of the '08 class, with exclusive interviews with players, high school coaches and exclusive photos from IT photographer Will Gallagher. To get you primed for this year's series, we're rereleasing the '04, '05, '06 and '07 Inside the Class reports below.

Inside Texas Blog: Let It Be
Signing Day is fast approaching and the Longhorns are anxiously awaiting letters of intent from some big names, including Darrell Scott. As it typically is the case with Signing Day, Wednesday will be fraught with drama, but Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger writes that one should never allow themselves to have their mood controlled by the decision of a 17-year-old athlete.

Player Journal: Russell Shepard
Cy Ridge quarterback and 2009 Texas target Russell Shepard gives the third of his player journals, allowing him to speak unfiltered. Shepard takes us day-by-day through last week, talking about his conversations with lots of big time head coaches, Texas dropping by Cy Ridge to see him again, his Top 5 schools and much more.

UT's Brown: the master of the living room
Austin American-Statesman
Horns coach has impressed, changed the face of recruiting during his 10 years

California RB Scott has Horns, Buffs on hold
Austin American-Statesman
He is neither here nor there. It's either here — in Austin, at Texas — or there, at Colorado. Rumors have circulated for weeks, but as of early Tuesday evening, he was still 50-50. Scott did not return phone calls Tuesday.

UT waits for Scott's signing day pick
San Antonio Express-News
In terms of drama and suspense, national signing day has typically meant little to the Texas Longhorns. Sure, there was the Ryan Perrilloux incident, when the coveted quarterback from Louisiana backed out of a long-standing commitment to UT and signed with LSU in 2005. Other than that, the culmination of the annual college football recruiting sweepstakes is typically little more than an afterthought in Austin, where most classes are assembled months in advance. This year, however, Longhorns fans will be waiting with bated breath to learn the fate of UT quarry Darrell Scott.

Horns eyeing out-of-stater
Daily Texan
A high school football player's choice of cap doesn't usually draw much attention from the national media. The exception happened today. Darrell Scott is expected to don the colors of either Texas or Colorado during college football's signing day - the final day recruits have to pick the college they will attend. His decision to put on either a burnt-orange or black hat today will likely impact both programs' future.

RB Scott to finally end suspense
Denver Post
Colorado and Texas football fans won't have to hold their breath much longer. The nation's top-rated high school running back, Darrell Scott of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, is scheduled to pick the Buffaloes or Longhorns today at about 10:45 a.m. on ESPNU.

Darrell Scott's signature moment
Los Angeles Times
All that remains is for Darrell Scott to sign his name. Scott, a star running back at Ventura St. Bonaventure High, is among the nation's top football prospects. He will sign a national letter of intent today, ending a college recruiting process that was understated by Internet-age standards. Unlike most top high school players who answer as many phone calls from information-hungry recruiting experts as they do from college coaches, Scott has mostly been mum. But even so, the 6-foot, 200-pound senior has been the subject of seemingly endless message-board discussion.

Top prospect Davis to choose between UT, A&M
Houston Chronicle
Rod Davis passed through the cafeteria Tuesday, crossed paths with a buddy — junior varsity receiver Jeremy Robertson — and gave him a fist pound. Then came the question. "So who's it gonna be?" Robertson asked. "I'll know tomorrow," Davis responded.

Ex-Horn J'Marcus Webb has new school
Austin American-Statesman
Offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb, who left the Longhorns last May, has committed to play for Arizona, CSTV's recruiting blog reports.

Men's hoops:

Improved defense takes Johnson beyond concept stage
Austin American-Statesman
As Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel advanced through the videotape, a familiar player imposed himself on the basketball game. There went Gary Johnson, confidently driving to the basket for the Longhorns against Baylor on Saturday, scoring 12 points. There he was again, boxing out for one of his seven rebounds, moving his opponent backward like a truck thrown into reverse. There he was blocking two shots. This was the Gary Johnson whom Capel remembered.

Mom helps Barnes dole out the advice
San Antonio Express-News
Not long after Texas dispensed of Baylor last weekend with an 80-72 victory, some of the Longhorns were asked about their team's newfound ability to win in spite of itself.

Texas freshman starting to find his comfort level
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
There was something different about Gary Johnson on Saturday. Texas coach Rick Barnes called it body language. "Gary's tempo was really good," Barnes said. "We've talked to him about just settling down and he did that." Baylor coach Scott Drew also noticed, as he watched the Longhorns freshman forward score 12 points and snare seven rebounds in 19 minutes of the Bears' disappointing 80-72 loss.

UT's Johnson learning on the fly
Houston Chronicle
Gary Johnson is on the accelerated learning plan at the University of Texas. Forced to miss nearly half of the season due to an undisclosed heart condition, Johnson has spent the past five weeks playing catch-up for the No. 12 Longhorns. Johnson describes himself as a work in progress, but the Longhorns expect the 6-7 freshman forward from Aldine to play a significant role entering the final month of the regular season. The Longhorns continue a stretch that could define their season tonight against Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.

Johnson finally getting up to speed
Daily Texan
In the Texas Longhorns media guide, freshman forward Gary Johnson reveals why he wears the No. 1 on his jersey. Part of the reason is because he's "starting from scratch as a college basketball player." ... After missing the Longhorns' first 13 games with an unspecified heart condition, Johnson is still playing catch-up seven games into his college career.

Women's hoops:

Longhorn junior likely to seek out medical redshirt
Daily Texan
During media day, all the players seemed upbeat and excited about starting a new year with a new coach. You could tell each player had a glimmer in her eye and couldn't wait for the season to start. While junior guard Erika Arriaran tried to put on a positive front, it was easy to tell that she was concerned. After missing the end of last season due to ACL surgery, her knee still didn't feel right.

Women's hoops recruiting:

UT women try to lure top hoops recruit
San Antonio Express-News
Kelsey Bone is 16. She goes to the movies. She likes to read. She has a cell phone that is rarely out of reach. This is all very normal. Then her phone buzzes at 6 a.m. She's got an e-mail. It tells her to have a good day at school. This is not normal, and that's because Bone really isn't. Like many teenagers, Bone plays basketball. She just happens to play it freakishly well.


Clemens repeats denials to Congress
Associated Press
Roger Clemens said he told Congress exactly what he's been saying, over and over again, in various settings, ever since the Mitchell Report came out. This time, though, the seven-time Cy Young Award winner was speaking under oath.


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