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Reports: Gilmer HC Jeff Traylor has until Friday to decide on Texas job

Head coach Charlie Strong will soon know if he's finally found a replacement for Bruce Chambers.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns should know by Friday whether or not longtime Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor will accept the tight ends coaching position offered by the Horns when he interviewed in Austin earlier this week, according to multiple reports.

Central Texas radio host David Smoak and Ryan Peterson of KLTV in Tyler are both reporting the Friday deadline for Traylor to make a decision.

According to Smoak, Traylor is still expected to take the job after multiple reports emerged on Tuesday following his interview that he would do so. Traylor met with Strong on Monday and then formally interviewed for the job on Tuesday after Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire turned down the position over the weekend.

Traylor has sent multiple players to Texas, including 2015 cornerback signee Kris Boyd, Boyd's cousin, cornerback Curtis Brown, and offensive lineman David Snow.

After leading the East Texas power for 15 years, the Gilmer head coach would replace another former Texas high school coach in Bruce Chambers, who was let go after serving under former head coach Mack Brown and new head coach Charlie Strong at Texas for 17 years.

One East Texas observer said it would be a "home-run hire" for Texas because Traylor can both coach at a high level and relate to his players, attributes that made McGuire so appealing when reports of his job offer emerged.

Traylor's resume certainly backs up the former part of that argument, as he compiled a 175-26 record at Glimer that included state championships in 2004, 2009, and 2014, along with title game appearances in 2007 and 2012. His first team went 6-4 and missed the playoffs, but every subsequent squad has won eight games and appeared in the postseason.

Texas needs help in the region because Boyd was the only East Texas signee for the Horns in the 2015 class compared to five from the region for Texas A&M, illustrating just how far behind the Longhorns are falling in that area since the Aggies are increasingly locking down East Texas talent.

If he accepts the job, Traylor should certainly help in that regard because of his reputation and his deep ties to the region as a Gilmer alum.