Reggie Hemphill Commits to Texas: Longhorns Land 2016 WR Recruit

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIAugust 14, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Texas Longhorns' recruiting is on the board for 2016.

According to a report by Max Olson of, wideout Reggie Hemphill has committed to the Longhorns:

Manvel (Texas) wide receiver Reggie Hemphill confirmed to that he has officially become the first member of Texas' 2016 recruiting class. 

The 6-foot-2, 168-pound sophomore had already established himself as one of the state's best prospects in his class and received an offer from the Longhorns in July at their Texas Stampede event. 

Hemphill received an offer earlier than perhaps any other recruit in the Mack Brown era at Texas. He rewarded that gesture by making a surprising commitment Tuesday.

Some may scoff at the idea of a rising sophomore making a commitment, let alone making news of a commitment, but this does mean something for Texas football.

Hype is everything nowadays on the recruiting trail, and the big trend is that coaches are recruiting players and making offers sooner and sooner into their high school careers. If a coach can develop an affinity with a recruit, perhaps said recruit will stick with his school once the rest of the big programs out there come calling.

That's the idea here.

Make no mistake about it, Hemphill has the potential to be a recruit that other big-time programs will want to talk to on the recruiting trail.

He's already 6'2'', 168 pounds per Olson, which is great for his age. The size will come, but it's the height that is truly impressive.

Olson also reports that even though Hemphill only played five games on varsity after being moved up, he still notched 400 yards and six touchdowns through the air, as well as 101 rushing yards.

No matter what you think about early commitments, that's impressive.

Without a doubt, Hemphill is a good recruit for Texas to land so early.

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