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Future Texas QB gets a lesson from a former Longhorn legend

Austin Westlake quarterback and Texas commit Sam Ehlinger says the upcoming Longhorns’ season will be crucial for recruiting.
Austin Westlake quarterback and Texas commit Sam Ehlinger says the upcoming Longhorns’ season will be crucial for recruiting. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Each time Sam Ehlinger attends a camp for elite football recruits, the rave reviews come harder and stronger for the 2017 Texas Longhorns commit. With his senior year still to come, the Austin Westlake star is starting to look like the real deal.

On Sunday, he got in a workout with the real deal, Longhorns legend and Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy. It’s not clear where the two worked out.

It even caught the eye of a former Longhorn.

Ehlinger, a four-star prospect ranked by 247Sports as the fourth-best dual-threat quarterback in 2017, continued to open eyes at Nike’s “The Opening” camp recently in Houston.

Texas fans might wish Ehlinger were eligible to to leave his high school campus for the nearby UT campus this fall. The Longhorns’ quarterback situation remains as murky as ever with senior Tyrone Swoopes and sophomore Jerrod Heard battling it out again, and true freshman Shane Buechele, an early enrollee who has participated in spring practices, hoping to make a push.

Ehlinger, who led Westlake to the Class 6A state title game last season, recently spoke up about how the 2016 season will be critical for the Longhorns and coach Charlie Strong, who is just 11-14 in two seasons, when it comes to recruiting for the 2017 class. Ehlinger said Texas will have its pick of players if the upcoming season shows promise for the future.

“Everyone, everyone,” Ehlinger said. “If we have a good year, it won’t be about how many we can get, but about who we want and who we have to turn down. This year is crucial for the program. I believe we’re going to have a great year and turn things around.”

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