The team is getting ready to report back soon for off-season. Early enrollees have made it campus. Signing day looms. These are all the signs of a new year.
10th assistant breakdown, attrition notes, and detailing top #revolUTion18 and #fUTure19 members and targets from Under Armour in Orlando.
Christmas came early as 19 of 21 commits signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. That’s a whopping amount coming on the heels of 6-6. For the staff I’m sure it’s a relief to have so many recruitments put to bed before the bowl game.
The bowl game is on the 27th of course and although it’s seemed to be on the back-burner because of signing day, the team is working diligently to prepare.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and by that I mean NSD1.
The Texas staff has put together quite the haul, even if players who are considered foregone conclusions to sign are often overlooked. It’s like when you snooped around the house looking for your presents in advance of them being wrapped. It’s not quite as fun when you know what you’re going to get, but sometimes it’s nice to remove anxiety out of the equation. Heaven forbid you don’t get that Tonka truck defensive tackle.
Program, team, recruiting; it’s what we do, but rather than throwing Molotov cocktails throughout the 40 Acres we’re going to use a flashlight to illuminate the little things that are adding up to the bigger things. It’s like a mosaic with each pixel being it’s own picture, but as you step away all the pixels come together to create an entirely different and singular image. Right now some are predicting that image to be DKR on fire, or maybe Herman wearing one of those hats with a spinner on it, but the full image is nowhere near complete and I’d urge people to let the next couple months play out.
The West Virginia win was big in many regards. We’ve been mentioning how big the win was for team psyche and long-term buy-in, but it was also a good opportunity to raise some money for the school. A booster or two took it upon himself to get the hat passed around and a significant amount of money was pledged in a short period of time. Even at the season’s lowest points we mentioned Herman was under no heat from the school or boosters but that doesn’t mean key players were in a hurry to part with money. The WVU win was a nice little windfall for your struggling little athletic department.
By now you’ve heard Cade Brewer is out for the remainder of the season. That’s bad enough, but that bad news is compounded by him missing the spring as well. Perhaps Andrew Beck will be back but for a team still working on offensive identity going into next year this isn’t good news. Last night we heard Brewer was on crutches….
There are three games left and all three are winnable. Winning out would be a godsend for a team that is increasingly frustrated with how the season has gone.
The good news is Texas has Kansas up next. That’s about where the good news ends.
This specific Texas team knows it owes TCU for the recent pasteings. This sounds like a pretty vengeful bunch, at least on defense. I don’t know that Texas will win, but I feel confident TCU will know it’s been in a fight.
Recruiting tempered some over the course of the week. The OU momentum faded a bit, at least as it concerns Texas. Keondre Coubrn canceled his trip to Alabama, and some big official visits have been set up.
Lots to get to this week as the Longhorns tidy up preparations ahead of the short trip to Waco. We’ll cover the team from top to bottom — current players and red-shirts — and then finish up with some recruiting notes from our Eric Nahlin and Justin Wells.