Recruiting is fun again!
2019 recruiting has seemingly hit a wall at 22 signees. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though the lone hole in the class is the one position you don’t want one: offensive line. However, given the hyper-active transfer climate the staff currently finds itself in, addressing emergency needs is the easiest it’s ever been. Taking a small o-line class is a risk but with the way the 2020 and 2021 offensive line classes are looking, it might be one worth taking.
We discuss the Sugar Bowl, what we know about UT going forward, Hurts to OU, the Big 12 landscape, and Ian’s five favorite signees on each side of the ball.
By this time we know who Texas missed on and who it signed. The staff did an absolutely tremendous job of keeping its head above water as the SS Class of 2019 took on a little early water. Turns out there wasn’t a hole in the vessel, just some shoddy plumbing.
Notes and quotes from top targets at the Next Level Athlete camp, info on several Austin-area prospects, coaches searching for possible additions to next season’s team, and an update on a remaining 2019 target.
Eric Nahlin drops notes on a 2020 ATH and a 2021 offensive lineman.
Latest team info following the Sugar Bowl, updates on remaining 2019 targets, 2020 and 2021 prospects to keep an eye on, and more in an early edition of the Humidor.
This might be a useful read for recruitniks if you value the evaluation/reality part of the process more than the star assignments, “perceptual wins”, and visit drama.
One day before the All-American Bowl took place in San Antonio, hundreds of high school football prospects from around the country participated in the All-American Bowl combine. Two talented performers had great days, Shadow Creek’s Xavion Alford and Cy-Ridge’s Vernon Broughton. Both spoke about their performance and about the Longhorns.
When Texas is looking to fill a position of need, the staff won’t confine its options to one of high school, JUCO, or grad transfer, rather it will typically weigh all available options and go from there. In some instances they may like their young options and want someone who can fill an immediate gap (or vice versa), but for the most part they’ll always go best player available from the three main tributaries to the program. Talent is talent and they don’t care if you’re a high school player, at Last Chance U, or are ready to move on from your current four-year school as long as you fit the culture and can improve the program.