BULLARD, Texas – Charlie Strong’s 2017 class grew by one late Wednesday evening with Major Tennison, 3-star tight end from Bullard High School, committed to the Texas Longhorns.
Contrary to the fad we’ve seen lately among college recruits, Tennison actually didn’t announce his decision on Twitter. Jason Higdon of scout.com reported the commitment, and according to Chris Hummer of 247Sports, Tennison’s decision came just hours after he received his offer from the Longhorns. That offer was something that the 3-star did Tweet about, though:
— Major Tennison (@major_tennison) October 15, 2015
Tennison wasted no time jumping on the opportunity to join one of the more historically relevant programs in college football history, and the news obviously fired up the head coach. Here’s what Strong had to say to the “Twittersphere” a few minutes after the commitment was reported:
Huge news tonight! #LetsRide
— Charlie Strong (@Strong_TexasFB) October 15, 2015
For what it’s worth, Strong has plenty of reason to be excited. His 2017 class is off to a strong start with three commitments, as Tennison joins 4-star wide receiver Damion Miller from Tyler, Texas and 3-star dual-threat quarterback Sam Ehlinger from Austin, Texas. The Longhorns have long been the dominant recruiting force within the Longhorn state (naturally), so it’s important to highlight the fact that all three of Strong’s first 2017 commits are indeed in-state recruits. Miller, specifically, is one of the top recruits from the state; ranked as the No. 17 overall 2017 recruit from Texas, according to the industry generated and averaged 247Sports Composite rankings.
Tennison himself is ranked as the No. 16 tight end in his class nationally, per the 247Sports Composite, and No. 75 player from the state of Texas. Considering the amount of talent to come out of Texas on a yearly basis the latter ranking is nothing to scoff at, so the Longhorns definitely picked up a big piece of the 2017 puzzle with his commitment.
The addition of Tennison also improves the ranking of the Longhorns’ 2017 class. According to the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings, the class has moved up a few spots to No. 13 nationally. Of course, this will change many times before national signing day 2017, but a quick start is often times key in recruiting because it allows a program to build momentum.
And speaking of momentum…especially after their 24-17 Red River Rivalry win over the Oklahoma Sooners, Strong and the Longhorns now have plenty of it.