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.
It’s customary after the final game of a season to immediately look forward to the next season. Even directly after the second best National Championship game I can recall, focus was turning towards 2017 while confetti was still afloat.
With the end of the dead period on our doorstep, let’s do a status check on some remaining targets with upcoming visits. Plus, new names headed to Austin this weekend.
One of the interesting early actions of the Tom Herman staff was to pursue new offensive line options rather than to bring along any of the players currently committed to Houston. This gave us keen insight into who they had atop their Houston board, but were unable to land, likely because of the Houston brand rather than through any real fault of their own.
After Monday’s first Army All American bowl practice, I was able to catch up with Lancaster WR Omar Manning. He talks TCU, Tom Herman, and the Texas Longhorns.
Our Eric Nahlin drops a note on important 2017 Texas target, Blinn College CB Kendall Sheffield.
With the 2015 signees being long in the tooth by the time this class makes it to campus, Texas will need to replenish and hit on some players who can contribute early.
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.