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.
This week’s Notebook starts in East Texas with a budding superstar, a smooth route-runner at Manvel, an up-and-coming inside linebacker, and a defensive end that came out of nowhere. How they fit, how it affects UT, and evaluations from a college coach at a premier program headline the Recruiting Notebook.
The phone has been buzzing back quite a bit over the last few days so I have some solid info I don’t want to hold for the Scoop. With the staff scouring from the Golden Gate to the Sunshine State some new names are emerging. Some are likely offers, some may be late offers, some we may never hear from again, but how that all plays out is anyone’s guess. One thing I can say, I like what I’ve seen from this group of players.
Like so many other highly-rated recruits at Texas over the last half-decade, Johnathan Gray’s collegiate career hasn’t been all that it was hoped to be.
Shaka lands his first in Austin. The Longhorns received the commitment of 6-foot-6 wing Tevin Mack of Columbia, SC today when Mack picked Texas over the Georgia Bulldogs, Kansas Jayhawks, and the UConn Huskies.
Texas goes hunting for wide receivers in Florida, tight ends in Colorado, athletes in East Texas, and the coolest name in recruiting. Tons of recruiting activity from the Texas staff on Monday so here’s the rundown from Justin Wells and Eric Nahlin.
In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor with the Big Cigar we’ve got a variety of information especially in light of the time of year. We’ll dabble a bit in recruiting as a Cigar with ties to a prospect who’s almost impossible to get ahold of, drops us a dime. Our sources inside the program have also provided some intel on voluntary (read mandatory) 7-on-7 work this past week. Warning, some names may surprise. We’ll have some scouting information on a possible commit to Shaka Smart and the analog given may have the less discriminating hoops fan doing a double face-palm, while those with a bit more critical thinking ability as it applies to the game of basketball will see the value Smart is adding.
Upon his arrival to Texas in January 2014, much of my interest in Charlie Strong centered around what players he’d focus on to bring his reputed defense to life at Texas. By that I don’t just mean the names, but the skills those players brought to the field.
The Big 12 conference is wide open after the preseason prediction of TCU and Baylor in the top two spots. Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas State all have a large number of questions to answer. While Texas might have more questions than most, the Longhorns also have the roster that might provide the most of those answers.