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Texas leads all state in first-round picks, but Longhorns and Aggies shut out

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Thirty-two players were taken in last night’s NFL draft first round, says Captain Obvious. While we know LSU won the night in terms of schools, and the SEC in terms of conferences, the state of Texas was the winner in terms of high-school prospects.

A total of seven players who played their high school ball in the Lone Star State heard their name called last night. They were:

No. 3: Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah, Detroit Lions — Grand Prairie, Texas
No. 17: Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys — Richmond, Texas
No. 20: LSU OLB K'Lavon Chaisson, Jacksonville Jaguars — Houston, Texas
No.  21: TCU WR Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles — Waxahachie, Texas
No. 23: Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray, Los Angeles Chargers — Missouri City, Texas
No. 27: Texas Tech LB Jordyn Brooks, Seattle Seahawks — Houston, Texas
No. 31: TCU CB Jeff Gladney, Minnesota Vikings — New Boston, Texas

As you’ve no doubt noticed, none of those guys carry Texas or Texas A&M next to their name.

There are reasons for this. As the class of 2017 was making its college decisions, UT was transitioning between Charlie Strong and Tom Herman, and Kevin Sumlin was on his long, slow descent out of College Station.

Texas A&M took a 28-man class that rated 13th in the country, led by 4-star linebacker Anthony Hines and filled with a lot of guys who won’t hear their names called during the draft this year or next. UT signed a 17-man class that placed 25th; 4-star quarterback Sam Ehlinger and 3-star offensive tackle Sam Cosmi will almost certainly be drafted next year.

Okudah was a 5-star prospect who held offers from everyone in the country but was part of a Buckeye exodus joined by 5-star linebacker Baron Browning and 4-star running back JK Dobbins.

Texas was in the hunt for Chaisson down to the end, but the Houston prospect (obviously) picked LSU. Experts said Lamb favored Texas early in the process but Strong was late with an offer.

No one else in the group garnered serious interest from the future first-rounders, to both schools’ regret.

Texas QB Sam Ehlinger’s COVID-19 fundraising effort moves past $100K

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Thanks to people like Sam Ehlinger, there’s some good in the world during these trying times.  Still.

As we noted in late March, the Texas quarterback established a GoFundMe page to serve as a COVID-19 relief fund. A couple of days later, Sam Ehlinger had already raised $40,000.  By early April, that number had shot past $70,000.

Two weeks later, Ehlinger has cracked yet another milestone as he went beyond $100,000.  In fact, as of this posting, the fund has passed $102,000.

That money has come in from more than 730 individual donors. The page has also been shared more than 3,700 times.

And where will the money be directed to that’s donated? From the GoFundMe page organized by Sam Ehlinger:

I am dedicated to helping families who have been impacted by the current global crisis, and have created a GoFundMe to raise money to assist organizations that are doing incredible work in my community and nationally including the Boys & Girls Club of America, the Central Texas Food Bank, Austin Pets Alive and more. Please join me in supporting these organizations. This collective effort to raise funds for those affected is permissible within NCAA rules and has been approved by the Texas Athletics Compliance staff. All funds raised will be donated directly to 501(c)(3) organizations.

Ehlinger followed the lead of Trevor Lawrence with his classy fundraising effort. After getting on the same page as the NCAA, the Clemson quarterback announced a new effort last week “to help our friends and neighbors in the Cartersville and Upstate South Carolina communities deal with some of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 situation.”

Lawrence had a GoFundMe page similar to Ehlinger’s before it was shuttered by the Clemson compliance department.

If you would like to donate to Lawrence’s effort, click HERE.

Sam Ehlinger’s COVID-19 relief fund has raised more than $73,000

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Thanks to people like Sam Ehlinger, there’s some good in the world during these trying times.

As we noted last week, the Texas quarterback established a GoFundMe page to serve as a COVID-19 relief fund. A couple of days later, Sam Ehlinger had already raised $40,000.

As of this posting, that number is now moved to over $73,000. That money has come in from nearly 600 individual donors. The page has also been shared more than 3,500 times.

And where will the money be directed to that’s donated? From the GoFundMe page organized by Sam Ehlinger:

I am dedicated to helping families who have been impacted by the current global crisis, and have created a GoFundMe to raise money to assist organizations that are doing incredible work in my community and nationally including the Boys & Girls Club of America, the Central Texas Food Bank, Austin Pets Alive and more. Please join me in supporting these organizations. This collective effort to raise funds for those affected is permissible within NCAA rules and has been approved by the Texas Athletics Compliance staff. All funds raised will be donated directly to 501(c)(3) organizations.

Ehlinger followed the lead of Trevor Lawrence with his classy fundraising effort. After getting on the same page as the NCAA, the Clemson quarterback announced a new effort last week “to help our friends and neighbors in the Cartersville and Upstate South Carolina communities deal with some of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 situation.”

Lawrence had a GoFundMe page similar to Ehlinger’s before it was shuttered by the Clemson compliance department.

If you would like to donate to Lawrence’s new effort, click HERE.