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Longhorns Signing Day: Under "Stated"

Updated: Thursday, February 6 2014, 01:23 AM CST

If Charlie Strong is going to be successful at Texas, he needs to win in Texas.

"We will always be the flagship university of this state," Strong claimed Wednesday. "It's hard to try to keep guys in, but you have to go recruit them."

According to 247 Sports, a site that partners with CBS Sports, the top eight recruits in the Lone Star state for 2014 all chose to play college ball somewhere other than UT.

"You can't be afraid to go battle those Southeastern Conference teams, whomever they may be," Strong admitted.

The state's top recruits chose to sign with schools like Texas A&M, Alabama, Baylor, LSU and Stanford: programs that all won more games than Texas last season. The players that did sign with UT Wednesday say the winning ways will return.

"We don't have time for rebuilding," said Marble Falls wide receiver Garrett Gray. "It's time to get up and go. We're definitely not going to win any less than 10 games."

"I feel like he [Charlie Strong] Is going to do a lot of big things," said Jasper offensive lineman Terrell Cuney. "I think he's going to turn the program around so we can get back to winning those championships."

13 of the 23 members of the Longhorns signing class play offense. But really, this haul was all about playing defense. Charlie Strong was adamant about protecting the class and keeping ut's commitments despite the coaching changes.

And for the most part, he did. But Texas was hit with a rash of decommitments following Mack Brown's departure. Even some of the guys who did sign with the Longhorns wavered before doing so.

"There was a moment when I second-guessed myself, not knowing who the coach was going to be," admitted Arlington Bowie safety Edwin Freeman who signed with Texas. "I looked at my other options."

Texas is a big state, so when its eyes are upon you, you feel it. No matter how strong you are.

"We know that we can do a lot better and we will do a lot better recruiting knowing that we have control over the state and get our work done," Strong added.

by Adam Winkler
Longhorns Signing Day: Under "Stated"


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Scores & Schedules

December 18, 2014 08:09 GMT

NBA

Wednesday's Games

Phoenix 111, Charlotte 106

Atlanta 127, Cleveland 98

Utah 105, Miami 87

Dallas 117, Detroit 106

Boston 109, Orlando 92

Toronto 105, Brooklyn 89

Memphis 117, San Antonio 116,3OT

Portland 104, Milwaukee 97

L.A. Clippers 102, Indiana 100

Houston 115, Denver 111, OT

Thursday's Games

New York at Chicago, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Wednesday's Games

Ottawa 2, New Jersey 0

Boston 3, Minnesota 2, OT

Dallas 2, Vancouver 0

Thursday's Games

Florida at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Washington at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

NFL

Thursday, Dec. 18

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 8:25 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

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