BOOOOM. Texas gets its OT

Calvin Anderson on the 40 Acres. (Courtesy of Anderson)

AUSTIN — After signing a stellar class in 2018, Texas had one more rather large hole to fill before it embarks on the new season; a left tackle.

Mission accomplished. Former Westlake OL, Rice transfer Calvin Anderson is headed to Texas.

BIG BOOM: Whittington chooses Texas

Jordan Whittington. (Joe Cook/IT)

CUERO, Tx — Several power programs identified Jordan Whittington early in his recruitment, including UCLA, Florida, and Ohio State. Texas eventually jumped into the mix. Today, Whittington decided he wanted to be a Longhorn.

Though able to play multiple positions, Whittington has made it clear he wants to play receiver at the next level. The 6-foot-1, 200 pounder from Cuero had a top group of Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Florida, UCLA, and Ohio State.

Longhorns withstand Stanford’s best shots in game one, 8-6

UFCU Disch-Falk Field (Joe Cook/IT)

Heading into the first of four games between Stanford and Texas, the only advantage the Longhorns appeared to have was that the games were to be held in Austin. Pre-season All-American Tristan Beck took the mound for the Cardinal opposite true freshman Nico O’Donnell in just his third appearance. Stanford also carried a consensus top eight ranking and a strong 11-1 record compared to Texas’ consensus top 20 ranking and 8-4 mark.

Visiting Cardinal start a difficult test before Big 12 play

Disch Falk. (University Co-Op)

AUSTIN — In the early stages of the season, Texas head coach David Pierce and his players have repeated the benefit of playing a difficult non-conference schedule. They know while the games present a high risk of defeat, they also help prepare a forming Longhorns team for the quality of opponent they plan to see in the postseason. Top-10 Stanford, who visits Austin for a four game series beginning Thursday, might be the most difficult of those non-conference tests.

Recruiting Notebook – 3/7/18

David Gbenda. (courtesy of Nike)

This edition of the Notebook starts in North Houston with a top OT target, swings over to Katy for a fast-rising linebacker, then we jump on 45 to Temple for an athletic tight end, and finish in Georgia with one of the nation’s top corners. It’s the Recruiting Notebook.

Despite poor shooting, Longhorns move past ISU to advance in Big 12 Tournament, 68-64

Dylan Osetkowski (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas tried to three-point shoot themselves to an insurmountable lead over Iowa State early in the first half. Its lack of success led to a 10 point deficit the Longhorns would eventually come back from to make it a three point game at the half.

After Texas figured things out in the first two minutes of the second half, Iowa State figured things out in turn. From that point on, it became a back-and-forth slugfest that Texas ended up winning, with freshman Matt Coleman’s mid-range jumper with 44 seconds remaining serving as the final blow. Seventh-seed Texas defeated the tenth-seed Cyclones in Kansas City, a.k.a. “Hilton South,” 68-64 to move on to the second round of the Big 12 Tournament.