Author Archives: Eric Nahlin

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.

2017 remaining needs

Chevin Calloway. (courtesy of Calloway)

How about a refresher as we head into the second-to-last official visit weekend? Eric Nahlin takes us position-by-position with two visit weekends left and the clock ticking down until National Signing Day.

What goes into an official visit?

Malik Jefferson. (courtesy of Jefferson family)

We get asked this question every year at this time, just as we’ll get asked ‘what goes into a junior day’ next month. Official visits are the compilation of fun, business, and atmosphere. It’s the ultimate, and most importantly, the last time a prospect gets to see your school before he decides.

Thoughts on Roster Table and Roster Management: Offense

Shane Buechele. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Once you get passed some of the NFL upper-class talent Charlie Strong inherited, Mack Brown’s roster was something of a mess. This is best personified with Mack thinking Terrell Cuney was fine as the lone OL take in 2014, and the absolute retooling Strong had to do from top to bottom with regards to assembling talent at every position.