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Football recruiting:

Texas Signs 20
National Signing Day has come and gone and the Texas Longhorns came away with 20 signatures. Darrell Scott may be headed elsewhere, but Mack Brown is still quite happy with his 2008 haul.

Darrell Scott Picks Colorado
Texas made a strong January push for the nation's No. 1 running back, but on Wednesday, on national television, Ventura Calif. RB Darrell Scott announced that he'll play for the University of Colorado and will fax his letter of intent to head coach Dan Hawkins in Boulder, Colo.

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.

A Prize Recruit's Thinking Cap Carries the Letters C.U.
New York Times
Inside a nearly empty ESPN Zone restaurant here Wednesday morning, Darrell Scott, who is considered the nation's top high school running back, ended the recruiting drama that had gathered for months around his college choice. For the occasion, he dressed in a three-piece, single-breasted, light-brown suit with a pale-blue shirt that he purchased Saturday. He wore diamond-stud earrings. And he put on the hat of his chosen team: the University of Colorado.

Texas signs versatile, speedy class but misses on Scott
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown said just about every player in the 20-member class can play more than one position while with the Longhorns

A little cherrypicking goes a long way, especially for Horns recruiting
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown eschewing national recruiting for prospects nearby

Homegrown talent highlights UT class
San Antonio Express-News
Mack Brown reported with a smile Wednesday that the fax machine in his office had stopped humming by 9:30 that morning — when all 20 of Texas' national letters of intent were accounted for and signed. "It was an easy day for us," Brown said. "And not a whole lot of drama." That's partly because Darrell Scott decided to take his drama elsewhere.

Big 12 rankings
San Antonio Express-News

UT misses top back, but adds speed, versatility
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas missed an opportunity to turn an impressive class into a spectacular one when Darrell Scott, the nation's top-ranked running back, signed with Colorado. Scott's decision minimized the national splash for coach Mack Brown, whose class ranks on the borderline of the nation's top 10 rather than being hailed as a consensus member of the top five like last year.

Stars would sooner go north than be in Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
If great players make the difference in the season's biggest games, which they usually do, Wednesday should be a sobering day for football fans at Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor. The bluest of the 2008 blue-chippers are headed elsewhere. Mostly to Oklahoma, where the Sooners have won five of the last six South Division titles.

No lack of speed, versatility coming in
Houston Chronicleb>
The Texas Longhorns' 2008 recruiting class can be summed up in two words: speed and versatility.

Shepard heads list of top '09 recruits
Houston Chronicle
No sooner had the dust started to settle from Wednesday's national signing day than talk of the top recruits for 2009 began. As the weather and conversation warm up, the name of Cypress Ridge quarterback Russell Shepard will be front and center. The 6-4, 190-pound Shepard, who accounted for more than 2,000 yards of offense and produced 25 touchdowns last season, is the top player on's Top 25 for 2009 and already is drawing the interest of Texas, Texas A&M, Michigan and LSU.

Brown's new recruiting class features heavy in-state presence
Daily Texan
In the end, running back Darrell Scott decided that family was more important. Scott, who is considered one of the top running backs in the country, opted to play for Colorado instead of the Longhorns, signing with the Buffaloes on Wednesday's national signing day. Texas added another solid crop of incoming freshmen early Wednesday with an in-state heavy class. Nineteen of the 20 commitments are from the state of Texas, and nine are already enrolled at the University.

Scott turns out to be CU's yes man
Rocky Mountain News
In the end, the University of Colorado's down-to- the-wire pursuit of Darrell Scott came to this: Taking no for an answer wasn't in Darian Hagan's makeup. Twice in the past two weeks, Scott told Hagan he would sign with Texas. And twice, most recently Jan. 29, CU's running backs coach told Scott, "Give me one more opportunity."

Hagan instrumental in bringing Scott to Boulder
Boulder Daily Camera
Three years ago this week Darian Hagan joined the Colorado football coaching staff with little experience but a big personality and a legend's status in the program many thought would pay off in recruiting. Boy, were they right.

Great Scott, We Did It!
CU Campus Press
The nation's top running back Darrell Scott heads the CU football team's recruiting class of 2008. Scott, as well as 21 other players, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play for the CU football team next year. Scott, who is ranked the top running back and No. 6 overall recruit by, announced early Wednesday on ESPN that he plans to attend Colorado instead of the University of Texas.

Angleton's Monroe signs with Texas
Brazosport Facts
Not many get an opportunity like that offered to Angleton's DJ Monroe. Then again, not many are as talented. Mr. Everything on the football field, Monroe made it official Wednesday by signing his letter of intent to play for the Texas Longhorns on National Signing Day, the first day high school seniors can commit to a college. Accompanied by family and friends, Monroe was all smiles while wearing burnt orange.

Men's hoops:

Augustin, Abrams Lead Texas to Win Over OU
A cat-and-mouse game ended with the Texas Longhorns on top in a 64-54 win over the Oklahoma Sooners Wednesday night in Norman. Guard A.J. Abrams was the leading scorer with 22 points, followed closely by standout sophomore guard D.J. Augustin, who put up 19 of his own and seven assists.

Longhorns pull away from OU in second half
Austin American-Statesman
This was A.J. Abrams' world, and the Oklahoma Sooners were just trying to survive in it, chasing him for 40 minutes through a maze of screens set by the Longhorns. It was terrain the Sooners failed to navigate successfully. Abrams scored 22 points as the 12th-ranked Longhorns beat Oklahoma 64-54 Wednesday in front of 10,371 fans at Lloyd Noble Center.

Trio leads No. 12 Texas over Oklahoma, 64-54
Dallas Morning News
D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams worked as a tag team for eight remarkable minutes Wednesday to give Texas a second-half lead. Then fellow guard Justin Mason made sure those efforts weren't wasted. Mason became the unlikely third member of the offensive attack in a 64-54 win at Oklahoma. He sank two 3-pointers and scored eight points in the final 5:13 to give No. 12 Texas (18-4, 5-2 Big 12) breathing room.

Texas guards wear down OU
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Chasing Texas' guards from baseline to baseline can be both a mind and body-numbing experience, Oklahoma's David Godbolt said. "They always keep moving," the Sooners guard said. "And after awhile, the defense is always going to be a step behind." Maybe a half-step is all the Longhorns' A.J. Abrams needs to launch his lightning-quick jump shot. He got it consistently eight minutes into the second half during a key period when Texas overcame another poor-shooting first half and rescued a not-that-easy 64-54 road win over OU, which was playing without injured post Longar Longar.

Back-court trio digs Texas out of early hole
Daily Texan
Texas finally took its show on the road. The No. 12 Longhorns lost two of their first three conference road games, and their lone win was by a mere two points over Oklahoma State. But after rallying for a 64-54 win in Norman, Texas has a road win to be proud of.

Without Longar, Sooners trampled by Longhorns
The Oklahoma men's basketball team played as hard as it could for as long as it could Wednesday night against Texas. That equated to about 30 minutes. Unfortunately, games last 40. Reality and fatigue eventually set in, and the 12th-ranked Longhorns pulled away for a 64-54 victory inside the Lloyd Noble Center.


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