Looking at NFL draft potentials, Chris Del Conte doing work, peach baskets and fall out, usual football recruiting, and the current pulse of the team in this week’s Humidor.
Since I’ve been breaking down every Big 12 class it only makes sense that I would include the Texas Longhorns, with their 2018 class parsed just as I have for their competitors in the conference.
The 2017 class, Tom Herman’s first at Texas, was an underrated success and for being a lower rated class it seems likely to punch above its weight. The 2018 class is a heavyweight group rated third nationally and first in the Big 12 by 247 and including much of the state’s top rated prospects and 19 Texans overall bolstered by seven out of state signees. Here’s how it should fit together into the Herman vision for the program.
Wiley is the Temple TE who was offered yesterday. Since we didn’t see him this weekend, I wanted to holler at him.
AUSTIN — When head coach Tom Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck arrived at Texas, the quarterback room was nothing like the one both had a hand in coaching at Ohio State, or even the one Herman and Major Applewhite had at Houston.
My suspicions for some time have been that Marcus Banks is the best corner in the state. There are some guys perhaps more athletic for the position — Marquez Beason, maybe — but I don’t think Beason brings the complete accompaniment of traits that Banks does. There isn’t a real weakness to Banks, and two of the baseline musts these days are strengths. Banks combines both length and fluidity.
Post-Junior Day Weekend thoughts – maximizing the sell, patience, overcoming the negative pitch, where UT stands with top targets, and touching on no-shows are included in the Scoop Part II. Also looking closer at the defensive backs on campus last weekend and the ones planning to visit + the defensive lineman to watch round out this jam-packed Scoop.
The talent around Austin continues to improve year after year. Several of the area’s top talent, as well as two from outside Central Texas, made their way to the Forty Acres for Texas’ Junior Days.
Everything is bigger in Texas. Including the Junior Days.
Instead of trying to cram a ton of prospects into one day, the UT staff breaks these events in half. More 1-on-1 with parents and players. Less chance of a kid not getting his attention. More opportunities for parents to ask questions to parents of guys currently on the Texas roster. It’s a strategy that helped Herman corral the Class of 2018. It’ll serve him even better with the 2019 class. 2020 too.
I enjoy talking to the parents at these things more than the kids because life experience lends to having a better bull*** detector. I don’t mean in the lying sense but this is a sales pitch of sorts.
What stood out to me was the near universal responses of how genuine the staff came across. One parent said, “it’s not like other schools and we’ve been a lot of places. They don’t sugarcoat things so you know they mean what they say.”
In years past Texas has had either one or two junior days, and then a spring game that serves as a hosting event. Under Tom Herman we’re learning he likes to make a weekend of his junior day; effectively two junior days in consecutive days.