Going into just his third season, Strong has turned the roster over almost completely. Only 12 scholarship players remain who were signed by former coach Mack Brown. Only six remain from Texas’ 2013 class, including quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and defensive end Naashon Hughes
Approximately 85 percent of the roster is made up of players Strong has signed the last three years. The bulk of that total came in 2015 and 2016, two classes that earned high grades from the recruiting services.
By adding Hudson, the Longhorns’ freshman class now sits seventh nationally, according to both 247Sports and Rivals. The Horns’ final ranking also got a boost when offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez and brothers Devin and Donovan Duvernay left Baylor and chose UT.
Texas now has seven of the state’s top-20 rated players from the 2016 recruiting cycle, by far the most of any school.
Freshman receiver Collin Johnson was listed at 6-6, 212 pounds. Speedster John Burt is listed at 6-3, 189 pounds.
Eighteen players weigh 300 pounds or more. Freshman defensive tackle Chris Daniels of Euless Trinity leads the list at 335. Two other freshmen linemen, defensive tackle Gerald Wilbon (329 pounds) and guard Tope Imade (322), are not too far behind.
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