Author Archives: Eric Nahlin

Projecting needs and numbers for 2018 recruiting

Keaontay Ingram. (Joe Cook/IT)

It’s that time of year when we take a good look at the needs and available slots in the current class. Obviously this isn’t the official template, but it’s not like one even truly exists. Numbers are flexible up until the morning of National Signing Day, and needs are open-ended throughout the 2017 season.

IT Top 100 for 2017: 51-100

Max Cummins. (courtesy of FW All Saints Athletics)

I’m not the biggest fan of ranking players, especially when it’s non-specific to position. Ranking a guard, next to a corner, next to a linebacker is silly, but they’re fun to discuss and also serve the function of getting an idea of what each player brings to the table. You can also get a macro perspective of which schools have recruited well and which ones haven’t.

Final percentages of 2017

K'Lavon Chaisson. (courtesy of Chaisson)

Whatever euphoria you were feeling last year at this stage – or at least nervous excitement (some were still pretty concerned a week out from NSD) – you’re feeling the opposite as this cycle comes to a close.

Roster Table and Roster Management: Defense

Malik Jefferson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last week we discussed the offense, today we’ll take a look at the defensive side of the ball.

Heading into the 2017 season Texas has only four seniors on defense. Pretty insane, huh? Despite that, Texas will be returning a lot of experience. Gone are the days when we could say this is a young team, despite the dearth of seniors.