Author Archives: Eric Nahlin

Assessing the 2016 recruiting class

Jeff McCulloch and Malcolm Roach. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Here’s a good thread discussing 2015 class attrition. In the comments I offered thoughts on each player in the class. Go to the last page if you want the @stringsays assessment of A&M’s players, many of which were hotly contested battles between the two rivals.

Why don’t we do the same with 2016?

Overcoming negative pitches through individual and team success

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

When it comes to recruiting, winning trumps all. Generally speaking, it’s more important than academic and networking appeal. It transcends ‘family atmosphere’. It precedes the importance of relationships and is more enduring. It is a panacea for what ails a program.

With surface level axioms out of the way, let’s dive a little deeper.

Thoughts and Observations on DL Recruiting

Peter Mpagi. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last October, Tom Herman stated, “We’re building a program, not a season, not a team, not a game.”

Recruiting is the lifeblood of a program, and each recruiting class an appendage of the program, but I bet he’d be fine amending the above quote with “and not a recruiting class.”

UT set to host two big official visitors

Lewis Cine. ( Justin Wells/IT)

Florida linebacker Rian Davis and Cedar Hill Trinity Christian (by-way-of Connecticut) safety Lewis Cine will take official visits to Austin this weekend for what promises to be a fun-filled time. The timing for each visit is perfect as Texas needs to make a lasting impression on each. These are early official visits for two players not announcing soon.

Synthesizing differing, yet familiar recruiting approaches

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

There’s a pretty funny Friends episode where the oafish Ross tries to relive his college musical glory days when he “found his sound.” A bit hesitant at first, he eventually breaks out his keyboard synthesizer to play for the rest of the gang. A cacaphony of animal noises and simple beats befalls them. The piece culminates in the stereotypical movie sound of an explosion.