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Football recruiting

DT Derek Johnson Commits to Texas
Heading into May, the Texas Longhorns already had commitments at almost every position, but a huge hole remained: defensive tackle. Despite a shortage on the roster, the Horns didn't have a single DT committed for '09, but that has changed in a hurry. Two weeks ago Calvin Howell gave his verbal to the Horns and on Wednesday, Hoxie, Ark. DT Derek Johnson became Texas commit No. 19.


Three UT stars have one thing missing on their résumés
Austin American-Statesman
Right fielder Kyle Russell, center fielder Jordan Danks and catcher-turned-third baseman Preston Clark can be labeled in a lot of ways. One thing they've never been labeled is regional champions. The trio of juniors — Clark is a redshirt junior — arrived in Austin with much talent, much ability and many expectations. But come regional time, it's been so many disappointments.

Houston Regional: Four things that matter
Houston Chronicle
A beautiful thing about baseball is that statistics can yield ceaseless debate and promote devoted study. But sometimes, pointed analysis requires an obvious eye more than a keen one, and such is the case with the Houston Regional quartet.

Regional Insider: Houston Regional
The Road to Omaha continues this weekend, as 64 teams fight for the right to play for the national title at the College World Series. As part of our postseason coverage, we breakdown all 16 Regionals in our Regional Insider features.

Hoops recruiting

Five-Star Forward Likes the Horns
SF Jordan Hamilton is one of the top basketball players in the nation for the Class of 2009 and, after taking a visit to Austin, is enamored with the Longhorns. We caught up with Hamilton at the Nike Memorial Day Classic and he discussed recruiting and his high school situation.


Patriots' Thomas Looking To Rebound
Hartford Courant
Texas coach Mack Brown has said that David Thomas dropped just one pass during his career with the Longhorns, catching 98 of 99 passes thrown his way to become the most prolific tight end in school history. Toward the end of his rookie season with the Patriots in 2006, despite being third on the depth chart behind Benjamin Watson and Daniel Graham, Thomas began to show why the Patriots used a third-round pick (86th overall) to select him. But instead of taking a step forward last season, Thomas broke his foot during the offseason conditioning program in April, an injury he supposedly sustained in the weight room.


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