Strong has expedited his Florida sales pitch versus last year. Wise, imo. Many feel in South Florida that Miami’s already huge class (21 I believe, with talent) will implode. Expect Texas to position itself in case this happens.
In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar we’ve got a little bit of everything. From 7-on-7 information, to hoops assessments, as well as freshmen that will most likely play according to a source close to the staff. We tried chasing down attrition rumors but at this point we don’t feel comfortable releasing any information because it’s yet to be confirmed. Finally, we’ll talk a little bit about Augie Garrido rising from the ashes and putting the Horns in the postseason. Why should Augie be any different than Mack Brown and Rick Barnes if you’re keeping score inside the Humidor.
So far our examination of the Texas roster has led to the revelation that Charlie’s 2014 offense maybe more experienced but the talent isn’t necessarily overwhelming. In the backfield the TEs are limited and best utilized as fullbacks or H-backs in a run-heavy scheme while the running backs, particularly Johnathan Gray, are the players that the 2015 Texas offense needs to be built around.
Texas and coach Charlie Strong have been looking for recruiting momentum. Problem solved.
The Longhorns added their 5th pledge to the Class of 2016 today when Tope Imade committed to UT.
I’m going to piggyback off Sean’s Monday article and discuss a topic I hit annually around this time; freshmen expectations. A lot of dynamics are in play as Charlie Strong acclimates a talented class into a program in dire need of speed and playmakers. The No. 1 dynamic I’ll be watching is the intersection of talent versus tenure. A true freshman as talented as Malik Jefferson will overtake the most experienced of upperclassmen rather quickly because his upside is too great to not live with his young mistakes. Another dynamic is pure need at the position, namely in the defensive back seven.
In these previous three years, I’ve seen a lot of important events and figures reach their finish. Mack Brown’s time has come and gone, finishing his careers against Texas A&M (one year before my time) and Oklahoma with victories. I’ve seen him replaced by Charlie Strong, who has had back-to-back years in which his recruiting classes came down to an exciting finish.
Some day in the future – maybe – Joe Wickline might very well look at this time in his life with wry humor. That day is probably not today. Or tomorrow, or next week.
That said, I must admit that I find the legal sniping between Oklahoma State and Texas over Wickline’s current job description quite amusing.
An announcement, with much less historical context, but just as much fervor could be sent out to the University of Texas football program.
The freshmen are coming! The freshmen are coming!
Friday capped a big week for the Texas staff and its recruiting efforts. More offers went out to players from the 2016 and 2017 classes. Here are a few notes on the newest UT prospects.
The Texas staff was on the road again this week, evaluating prospects, building relationships, and handing out offers. We also go over all of Shaka Smart’s offers while in Austin We look over the newer invitations as well as check in on a few current commits headed to prestigious all-star games and more in this edition of the Inside Scoop.