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.
The latest from a great Official Visit weekend on the 40 Acres. Relationships were built, questions answered, and potentially prospects convinced Austin is the place to take up residence. Also add a couple of minor team notes and the Houston Lamar bunch UT has in its sights. It’s a Sunday night Scoop.
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.
A bit of an exciting weekend looms with numerous visitors making their way to Austin as the cycle mercifully winds down. We don’t like to bother recruits while on their visit for obvious reasons but we’ll pass along anything of note we hear. Of course we’ll have a big recap when it’s all said and done.
But first, we’ll start with some light team notes and UT’s RB big board for 2018.
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.
Today marks in the end of the dead period in recruiting. There can now be face-to-face contact. Here’s what we’re hearing on Omar Manning, Gary Johnson, Joshua Moore, and quotes from the newest visitor, Larrell Murchison.
Most coaches have favorite schemes. Good coaches can adjust to the players they have on their roster, but there’s a reason that there’s a degree of challenge involved in doing so. Every coach has schemes or a system he believes in for teaching, training, and then deploying his players. Tom Herman and Todd Orlando have a few key schemes they believe in for allowing them to make the most of the players on their roster, today we’re going to start with the foundational schemes of Herman’s offense.
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.
This week’s Notebook starts in Rockdale with a rock star athlete, a DT destined to destroy worlds from North Houston, a dynamic athlete from H-town, and an ILB parked in the middle of Kansas. A handful of juniors and a very important ’17 JUCO athlete get evaluated today.
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.