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Updated: 2017-04-29T18:07:58-05:00


4-star QB Tanner McKee set to visit Texas



The California product is slated to be on the Forty Acres next weekend

Tom Herman entered the 2018 class with hopes of taking two quarterbacks and secured a pair of April commitments from Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising, but the ‘Horns first year head coach is still gauging the market as Corona Centennial (Calif.) product Tanner McKee will visit Austin next Saturday, McKee told Burnt Orange Nation.

A four-star prospect, McKee’s recruitment as it pertains to Texas will essentially have no impact on the current commitments of Thompson and Rising. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, McKee will take a two-year mission trip following his high school graduation, essentially making him a member of the 2020 class.

Herman and his staff offered McKee on March 9 and next weekend will mark his first trip from California to the Forty Acres. McKee recently visited Alabama and Georgia, as well.

To date, McKee holds 20 offers from programs including BYU, Stanford, Alabama, Georgia, Houston, Louisville, Nebraska, UCLA and North Carolina.

At 6’6, 220 pounds, McKee ranks as the nation’s No. 74 player, No. 5 pro-style quarterback and the No. 9 player in California, per 247Sports Composite.

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Texas F Jarrett Allen, G Andrew Jones invited to NBA Combine



The pre-draft workouts could determine whether Jones returns to school.

Potential lottery pick Jarrett Allen will have a chance to work out for potential NBA suitors in Chicago, while former Texas Longhorns teammate, guard Andrew Jones, also received his invitation to the NBA Combine on Saturday, according to the school.

Allen is off the NBA after hiring an agent earlier in the month, but Jones still has the option to return because he has not done so — conventional wisdom remains that he is merely taking advantage of his opportunity to work out for NBA teams and at the Combine without losing his eligibility.

"My family and I have decided that it is best for me to test the waters," Jones said in late March when he declared. "We want to see where I stand in the draft, but we're also looking to improve my game as well. We are looking to get accurate feedback from NBA personnel to know my scouting report, so that I can get better during this offseason."

In fact, Jones will go through his first workout with an undisclosed organization on Saturday, according to his sister, and begin receiving feedback about his potential draft positioning.

Jones can announce his intent to return to school within 10 days of the NBA Draft Combine, which takes place in Chicago May 11-12. He’s widely expected to go undrafted or hear his name called in the second round if he elects to leave Texas.

The most current DraftExpress mock draft has Allen going to the Detroit Pistons with the No. 12 selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

4-star WDE Tyreke Smith included Texas in Top 12



The high-level Ohio native trimmed his recruitment from 37 offers to 12 finalists.

Cleveland Heights (Oh.) weak-side defensive end Tyreke Smith is among the most coveted edge rushers in the nation and on Friday evening, the Ohio native trimmed his lengthy offer list to 12 schools.

Included in the bunch were Tom Herman’s Texas Longhorns, along with Alabama, Penn State, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, USC, Notre Dame, UCLA, Georgia and Kentucky.

The departure of the Louisiana product from Austin less than a year after arriving is rather perplexing from the standpoint that Aucoin was one of only three scholarship tight ends on campus this spring.

However, the fact that the staff has been holding spring exit interviews with players provides a little bit more perspective on what happened, especially since Aucoin framed the decision as at least a little bit mutual.

The 6’4, 243-pounder committed to Texas in July of 2015 after a visit to Florida and eventually ranked as a consensus three-star prospect and the No. 48 tight end nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Known as the blocking counterpart to pass-catching tight end Irvin Smith at Brother Martin in New Orleans, Aucoin was likewise regarded as the best in-line blocker on the Texas roster, though there was hardly much competition.

The departure leaves the Longhorns with senior Andrew Beck and junior Garrett Gray at the position. Head coach Tom Herman indicated during the spring that Gray, a former wide receiver, will need some time to grow into the role physically.

So too will 2017 signee Cade Brewer, another big receiver from Lake Travis. Meanwhile, the other tight end signee in the class, Reese Leitao, is currently going through the legal process after his late February felony drug charge.

As a result of those depth issues, Herman and position coach Corby Meekins secured the services of Syracuse graduate transfer Kendall Moore.

Texas Longhorns baseball begins pivotal series against Oklahoma State



The Big 12 series kicks off Friday with a double-header.

Texas Longhorns baseball (28-16, 7-8 Big 12) will kick off its series with the Oklahoma State Cowboys (23-16, 6-9 Big 12) with a double-header on Friday in Stillwater at 2:30 and 6 p.m. CT.

The three-game conference series is pivotal for Texas’ post-season outlook. A Texas sweep would nearly clinch an NCAA tournament berth, but an Oklahoma State sweep would nearly kill those tourney hopes.

Oklahoma State isn’t quite on track to match its College World Series run a year ago, but the group’s recent success has them in the hunt for an NCAA tournament bid. The Cowboys took two of three games in Lubbock last weekend against then-No. 5 Texas Tech. Meanwhile, the Longhorns were swept by the Red Raiders in March.

With a .267 team batting average, Josh Holliday’s squad is not a particularly dangerous hitting team (though they exceed the low bar of being better than Texas).

However, the Cowboys do have three batters hitting above .300.

Junior Garrett McCain is in the midst of a monster break-out season, hitting for a .372/.554/.489 slash-line. The speedy outfielder is 15-for-15 on stolen base attempts as well. He is also reliable defensively, and is the clear star for the Cowboys

Colin Simpson is Oklahoma State’s home run threat, as he leads the team with nine dingers. The sophomore catching is hitting .312 on the year.

Garrett Benge also possesses some power. The former junior college player of the year has eight homers and has honed a .304/.568/.424 slash-line.

Though Oklahoma State has a slight edge over Texas in the hitting department, their pitching is not as consistent. The Cowboys have a team ERA of 4.19, compared to the Longhorns’ 2.95 team ERA.

Josh Holliday’s team will likely start Joe Lienhard (4.00 ERA), Tyler Buffett (4.45 ERA), and Blake Battenfield (4.85 ERA). While all of the Oklahoma State weekend starters have ERAs of four or higher, none of the Texas starters have worse than a 3.26 ERA.

Despite a down season, Buffett is the most stellar of the group. The senior was an All-Big 12 first team pitcher last season, working both in a stopper and starter role. He was drafted in the seventh round of the MLB draft by the Houston Astros, but decided to come back for his senior season.

Texas will likely need to depend on steady starting pitching to come away with a series win. The Longhorns are 4-8 on the road this season, so this weekend’s date in Stillwater will be a tall task for the ‘Horns.

You can catch the action on FOX College Sports on Friday, and ESPNU for Saturday’s concluding game. You can also listen in on 104.9 the Horn.