UT, UH emerge with strong National Signing Days

Every school had their great classes, but UT and UH emerged as the top storylines on a busy National Signing Day.

For Houston, it wasn't much of a surprise. Ed Oliver, who was named the Defensive MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game, had been committed and stayed committed. His commitment alone helped lift the recruiting class above the norm for a school in a conference outside the so-called "Power Five." The H-town Takeover really took effect, with 12 of the 23 signed hailing from the Houston area. The Cougars' class also includes Texas A&M transfer Kyle Allen.

Texas' National Signing Day was one of the main national storylines, as Charlie Strong closed with a bang. The Longhorns did especially well in the Houston area. On Tuesday, they secured the commitment of Rivals four-star running back Kyle Porter from Katy. On National Signing Day, they emerged as the choices for top recruits Jeffrey McCulloch from Aldine Davis, Jordan Elliott from Westside, and Chris Brown from Elsik. Those four players, along with Manvel receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, made up the Houston-area contingent for the Longhorns' 2016 class.

With the strong finish, UT had the top-ranked recruiting class in the state, according to all the major recruiting services.

In other highly-anticipated Signing Day decisions, Manvel's Deontay Anderson signed with Ole Miss, Elsik's Dontavious Jackson signed with Florida State, and Langham Creek's Quartney Davis signed with Texas A&M.