Next week's meeting between Bullard and Gilmer just picked up a new storyline. One that could make it the game of the week for those that support the Texas Longhorns football program.

Bullard junior tight end Major Tennison recently picked up a college football scholarship opportunity from the Longhorns and committed to the program Wednesday evening. HornsDigest.com of the Scout.com network first reported the news.

There's still a long way to go before members of the Class of 2017 can sign, but Tennison (6-4, 245) already knows he won't be lonely when he arrives on campus. Junior John Tyler receiver Damion Miller committed to Texas in June.

And across the line of scrimmage in next week's game will be Gilmer senior linebacker Demarco Boyd, a Texas commitment in the upcoming 2016 signing class. Tennison and Boyd will work directly against each other at times in the contest.

The Bullard tight end has enjoyed a solid junior campaign thus far. He has two touchdowns and 312 yards on just 16 catches.

Bullard is off to a 1-0 start in District 5-4A Division II and owns a 4-2 record overall.

Tennison's commitment was particularly special. He's the third junior player to pledge to the Longhorns and, in addition to joining Miller, will be paired with Austin Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger.

Together, the three players make up a nice, early offensive skill core head coach Charlie Strong can advertise to other recruits.

While the Longhorns will try to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season Saturday against Kansas State, the program's long-term track record is one of the best in the nation.

The school owns the eighth-best overall win-loss record among active FBS programs, four national championships and has won 32 conference championships through 122 years of competition.

Texas also is home to two Heisman Trophy winners, 56 consensus All-Americans and 317 NFL Draft picks. Forty-three Longhorns players have been selected in the first round of the draft.

Tennison chose Texas in favor of scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, SMU and Texas Tech. Like all football players in their junior year of high school, he will become eligible to sign with any program that invites him in February, 2017.

2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Lagaryonn Carson, DE, Liberty-Eylau, 6-5, 261 — offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, SMU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M (9)
  • Trestan Ebner, WR/S, Henderson, 5-11, 180 – offers from Kansas, SMU (2)
  • Montrell Estell, WR/S, Hooks, 6-2, 180 — offers from Kansas, Texas Tech (2)
  • Octavius Evans, WR, Center, 6-1, 186 — offers from Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech (2)
  • Damion Miller, WR, John Tyler, 6-2, 205 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (8)
  • Major Tennison, TE, Bullard, 6-4, 220 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (4)