Strong taps Florida roots for 2015 Texas recruiting class

UT, Longhorns
UT, Longhorns
By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas coach Charlie Strong tapped into his old Florida connections to help build a 2015 recruiting class he hopes will rebuild a struggling Longhorns program.

The 2015 class is Strong's second with the Longhorns but the first one he's had an entire year to build. Unlike his predecessor Mack Brown, who built a national powerhouse almost exclusively with recruits from Texas, Strong went coast to coast to get 10 players from out of state to sign with the Longhorns on Wednesday.

Five are from Florida, where strong had three previous coaching stints.

The top-rated player in the class is linebacker Malik Jefferson of Mesquite, Texas, who is already enrolled in school. Texas also signed quarterback Kai Locksley from Baltimore.

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