I wanted to get my thoughts down on the new commitments. I won’t blow smoke and tell you these are four-star dudes and the networks are nitwits. Well, I might tell you the last part but now isn’t the time.
This is as much me getting caught up as catching you guys up. Let’s get to some quick thoughts and notes.
The Toneil Carter commitment couldn’t have come at better time or faster rate. His recruitment went 0 to 60 in the same time he does, giving Tom Herman’s staff a much needed jolt. This was a just reward for persistent work, and also a bit of good fortune.
There’s no way around it, losing long-time Longhorn lean Walker Little to Stanford is not good. He represented Herman’s best chance at a true headliner to place on the marquee. There are still some very fine supporting actors in play, namely K’Lavon Chaisson and Eno Benjamin, but the new Texas coach’s casting department is struggling to sign a big name to its recently greenlit project.
Rather than fresh powder, Tom Herman’s initial recruiting sledding is going a little icier than I initially anticipated. The moment that really caught my attention was when I was told Herman didn’t have any sort of relationship built with Marvin Wilson or Walker Little, or anyone close to them.
Also details on specific Longhorns heading into the Spring inside the Humidor.
Tom Herman’s first commitment didn’t excite many, his potential second commit won’t either, but the third guy, the third guy is where things get rather interesting. Details on Walker Little, Sal Cannella, and if Texas wants to take a second QB in 2017.
What I’m seeing and hearing right now is a staff that has a very clear plan. We’re noticing the mad rush to get into the ear of early enrollees, while also seeing contingencies set up for January in the event they are needed. Basically Tom Herman is operating a long cycle on a short clock and doing a pretty good job of managing his limited time, at least so far as I can tell.
No other position presents clearer resolution of controlled recruiting chaos than running back.
It’s not even December and Texas has its new head coach and much of its staff decided. That is very rare, and very beneficial to the big recruiting push that’s about to take place. While that push is happening, the staff will have to get its bearings on the fly, as there is a lot of information to account for and angles to play.
Of utmost importance internally is understanding the landscape, identifying the most important targets, familiarity with unique scenarios, and understanding the timing of it all, all while keeping the current commits in the fold.
You woke up to a lot of speculation that Derek Warehime will accompany Tom Herman to Texas. This follows what I’ve been hearing and writing. Warehime’s an OL coach who came up the hard way – like Herman himself – and who has shown the ability to cobble a run-game out of limited parts, at least until too many injuries happened this year. More on the potential coaching hires at UT.
Eric Nahlin and Highwayman provide the Houston Cougar prospect board. Take a look and see who Herman might continue to target in Austin.