Author Archives: Eric Nahlin

A perusal of Big 12 recruiting

Texas at Oklahoma State. (Justin Wells/IT)

If you’re unaware of how Texas has positioned itself for the class of 2018, this is your first day at IT. Welcome!

But what’s going on in the rest of the conference? From following general recruiting my suspicion has been the rest of the conference is recruiting better top to bottom than in years past, but after writing this it seems status quo overall. Some schools are up, some down, but overall it seems to even out versus previous cycles.

Some Opening Randomness

Tommy Bush (Eric Nahlin/IT)

Saturday’s competition included my favorite feature of this event – the 1 on 1s – and they were chippy to say the least. I thought for sure an unlikely player was about to throw down but luckily that didn’t happen.

The Opening Finals preview

D'Shawn Jamison (Eric Nahlin/IT)

Texas offers at The Opening number north of 40. That should lead to a fair amount of content, though the relevant targets as we know them are far less than that. Still, it’s always smart to ask anyone participating if they’re hearing from Texas and how much. Every year a player who wasn’t in heavy contact with Texas in the summer emerges with interest in the fall. We’ll attempt to root out any such players.

The Early 2018 Recruiting Equilibrium

Tom Herman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In years past, we’ve seen classes start off with peculiar imbalances. Maybe commitments are mostly on offense or defense, or position heavy. That’s not entirely unusual, and sometimes there are good reasons for it: more offers at a position; more leverage to gain commitments; a richer tradition on that side of the ball or a position, etc. But when you start off heavy at one position or side of the ball, there could be some not-so good reasons, often centered around an imbalance with recruiters.