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Football Recruiting

McFarland Sets Target Date
Lufkin's Jamarkus McFarland is one of the most heavily recruited defensive players in the country, and he has consistently listed LSU, Oklahoma, and Texas as his three favorites, but he does plan to take all five official visits before announcing.

Garrett Gilbert: Back on Track
He's finally throwing the ball again and looking for a bigger 2008. Lake Travis quarterback and Texas commit Garrett Gilbert talks with Inside Texas at the State 7 on 7 Tournament about the recovery from his shoulder surgery, his off-season workouts and the upcoming season.

7 on 7 Photo Gallery: Garrett Gilbert
Garrett Gilbert is back in action. After undergoing shoulder surgery in the spring to repair a torn labrum, the Texas commit worked hard to rehabilitate and showed at the State 7 on 7 Tournament that there won't be any ill effects in the fall as he prepares for his senior season of high school and Texas beyond that.

7 on 7 Photo Gallery: Lache Seastrunk
The Texas Longhorns have made it clear that running back Lache Seastrunk is one of their top priorities for 2010. This weekend, Seastrunk and his Temple teammates hit the field in College Station for the State 7 on 7 Tournament.

Photo Gallery: Jordan Leslie and Jordan Jolly
Some of the top talents in Texas are on display in College Station for the State 7 on 7 Tournament, including many potential Texas targets for 2010 recruiting. A pair of those players are Tomball receiver Jordan Leslie and Fort Bend Elkins receiver Jordan Jolly.

7 on 7 Photo Gallery: Connor Wood
One of the top players at the State 7 on 7 Tournament is Houston 2nd Baptist quarterback, and potential 2010 Texas target, Conner Wood.

Hoops Recruiting

Robinson a Wanted (Big) Man
Thomas Robinson might be the hottest name in recruiting these days.


Reunited, and it feels so good: The Texas Premier Football Camp
Daily Texan
The Texas Premier Football Camp held Thursday and Friday could have been considered a Longhorn football player reunion. Several Longhorn football stars from the past decade came together last week to participate in the camp, held at Lyndon B. Johnson High School. Three former receivers, B.J. Johnson, Sloan Thomas and Roy Williams, hosted the camp, which brought together many former players and reunited them on the field as coaches and instructors. While a lot may have changed since the trio gave opposing defenses fits from 2000-2003, the friendship the three share hasn't.

NBA's Kevin Durant wants to earn his degree from Texas
Associated Press
As if Kevin Durant didn't have enough on his plate with his team's ongoing relocation to Oklahoma City, the reigning Rookie of the Year is taking time this summer to go back to school. Durant took a class at the University of Texas this summer and hopes to eventually graduate with his degree in education and a minor in social work.

Heeeeeeeeere's Johnnie!
South Bend Tribune
Looking back nearly 30 years, it's still hard for Johnnie Johnson to believe -- he once had a theme song. Every time the former University of Texas All-American defensive back dropped back to return a punt, the Longhorn band would play the theme to "The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson," and the student section would belt out Ed McMahon's trademark introduction, "Heeeeeere's Johnny!" It all started during Johnson's sophomore year at Texas. And, considering he holds the Texas record for both punt returns in a season and a career, it became quite the tradition.

Olympic sports

Texas exes get hooked
Austin American-Statesman
When it comes to selecting Olympians to compete for the United States, it's different strokes for different sports. Some sports, such as track and field and swimming, use a make-or-break system where the finish of the athlete at the Olympic trials is all that counts. Others, such as gymnastics, factor in performance at camps and the opinion of experts. No system is perfect or free from controversy, including the one that USA Diving devised for selecting its 2008 Olympians. In that sport, Texas ex Laura Wilkinson and current Longhorn Jessica Livingston might have been unfairly passed over in the women's synchronized 10-meter platform.

Weber-Gale outpaces stars for record
Austin American-Statesman
Gary Hall Jr., the godfather of swimming, as his robe proclaimed, drew imaginary pistols before the start of the 50-meter freestyle and fired away. "Part me of thought, that's awesome, I don't know if I could pull that off," said Garrett Weber-Gale. "Maybe he's a genius, he's using that to psych us out then he's going to set a world record." Instead, it was Weber-Gale who smoked a field of bigger-name and bigger-frame sprinters, in an American record time of 21.47 seconds. Ben Wildman-Tobriner took second, and Hall finished fourth.

Texas ex Walker doesn't make cut in 50 freestyle
Austin American-Statesman
For a long time, Neil Walker has said that the 50-meter freestyle is his favorite race because it's the one event in which he actually goes somewhere. The start and finish are not the same and getting from one point to the other actually involves a journey. Friday, the Olympic dreams and maybe the competitive swimming career of Walker, 32, hinged on the 50 freestyle. Earlier in the U.S. Olympic swim trials, Walker had needed to finish in the top six in the 100 freestyle to make the 400-meter relay team and his third Olympic team. He made the semifinals, but not the eight-man final.


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