Other than recruiting there isn’t a whole lot in the off-season to tide us over other than talking about the team. Because of that, most of you know the current roster about as well as anyone. However, I do find it a worthwhile exercise to reassess each position and player one more time ahead of the season as a way to resharpen our familiarity with each.
At this same point in the 2018 recruiting cycle nobody — coaches included — foresaw the following players signing with Texas: wide receiver Josh Moore, defensive lineman Moro Ojomo, defensive lineman Daniel Carson, defensive lineman Michael Williams, offensive lineman Christian Jones, and offensive lineman Mikey Grandy. Even with Grandy giving up football this grouping increased the ceiling of the class immensely.
The most important position to the long-term health of your program is the offensive line, so when your primary recruiting grounds are loaded at the position it’s time to feast.
The state of Texas has had its ebbs and flows along the o-line with a mix of below average, average, and above average classes in the recent half-dozen years.
While going over the list of priority targets for this cycle, it should be clear the staff will have to cast a wider net at certain positions. I’ll go over that in a post tomorrow, but for now, just feel confident the staff is going to land a lot of players who aren’t currently on the radar.
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?
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.
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.”
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.
What if I told you the kid who plays quarterback in 2nd Ward is further along in his mechanical development than the one from Lake Travis?
Trend lines are fun, if sometimes useless to discuss. They can change rather quickly, especially in an ever-changing climate. Recruitments turning on a dime, curiously, will always be something to contend with, but those are still in the minority.