The earliest commitment taken during the Mack Brown era is no longer pledged to the Texas Longhorns, as new head coach Charlie Strong has rescinded the scholarship offer for 2016 Manvel wide receiver Reggie Hemphill.
The 6'1, 170-pound pass catcher picked up his offer from Texas at a recruiting event in July of 2013 and committed to the Longhorns in the middle of August, right as his sophomore season was starting. Hemphill had drawn attention throughout the spring and summer for his excellence in 7on7 events.
But Strong visited Manvel on Wednesday and informed the coaching staff ($) that he isn't comfortable recruiting quite that early and will continue to evaluate the productive wide receiver, who had 28 receptions for 569 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, building on a freshman campaign that included 10 catches for 400 yards and six touchdowns.
And since Hemphill doesn't currently report any other offers, there's not a lot of pressure on the Longhorns at the moment in his recruitment, though there are multiple Crystal Ball predictions for Hemphill and Texas A&M, which has a strong presence at Manvel and landed jumbo athlete Koda Martin from the school in the 2014 recruiting class.
There are some compelling reasons to once again offer and accept a commitment from Hemphill, who has a nice blend of speed, open-field moves, and the ability to get open deep. Hemphill also spends some time working at quarterback and has a decent arm strength, but it's his ability as a big play threat that should still make him one of the top receivers in the state when the recruiting process ends for him.