Strong’s first Texas recruiting class marks National Signing Day

It is the day the fax machine takes center stage.  National Signing Day is here, as high school athletes take the next step in their careers and college programs build their rosters.

Texas landed one of the big recruits still undecided Wednesday morning when Lakeland, Florida defensive tackle Chris Nelson signed with the Longhorns.  Nelson was recruited by Strong at Louisville and was also considering Central Florida, and South Florida.  Myrtle Beach, S.C. product Poona Ford also chose the Longhorns on Wednesday afternoon.  Defensive tackle was a big need after Texas after a number of commitments under Mack Brown’s staff changed their minds.

Texas signed 23 players in Charlie Strong’s first recruiting class.  They have three players already enrolled, in junior college tight end Blake Whiteley, from Yuma, Arizona and Arizona Western CC., and offensive lineman Alex Anderson out of New Orleans, and linebacker Andrew Beck from Tampa, Florida.   Marble Falls receiver Garrett Gray  signed with the Longhorns Wednesday morning.  Gray was coached by former Texas quarterback  Todd Dodge whose son Riley is a graduate offensive assistant coach at Texas. 

Around central Texas, more than 35 high school seniors signed their letters of intent.  At Lake Travis, running back Shaun Nixon made a late change, signing with TCU after being committed to Texas A&M since November of 2012.  The Aggies are still expected to have one of the top five ranked recruiting classes in the nation, which includes La Grange High School offensive lineman Zach Ledwick.

Hendrickson high school running back Samaje Perine has signed with Oklahoma. Perine is in Arlington for the USA Football International Bowl that will be played on Friday evening at UT-Arlington.  Perine, along with Hendrickson teammate Trai Mosley (Nebraska), signed their letters of intent at AT&T Stadium.  Another Hendrickson Hawk, defensive back Chance Waz, is headed to Baylor after originally committing to Nebraska. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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