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The Inside Scoop – 7/9/18

Taurean Carter. (Justin Wells/IT)

This week’s Scoop focuses on who might be the next commitment for the Longhorns, wide receiver recruiting, notes on Demariyon Houston, Landyn Watson, and top targets dropping their top schools lists. The Scoop is here for your Monday reading.

Recruiting Musing: Herman’s three stars

Peter Mpagi. (Will Gallagher/IT)

I’m in the closing stages of writing and editing the 2018 Thinking Texas Football Preview magazine which will be available verrry soon. Needless to say, the process of writing and tons of extensive research from both public and private resources gives me a lot of time to think about Texas, our opponents and other important things.

Like recruiting. The Marques Caldwell commitment triggered me to expound on Tom Herman’s three star recruits.

Overcoming negative pitches through individual and team success

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

When it comes to recruiting, winning trumps all. Generally speaking, it’s more important than academic and networking appeal. It transcends ‘family atmosphere’. It precedes the importance of relationships and is more enduring. It is a panacea for what ails a program.

With surface level axioms out of the way, let’s dive a little deeper.

Inside the Gameplan: The Gauntlet

Collin Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Much like a year ago, the Texas schedule is set up for a tough middle stretch with a softer landing on the back half that should allow a strong finish. The season’s ceiling will be set by games four through six, which we are previewing today. The Longhorns host TCU, travel to Kansas State, and then take on Oklahoma in Dallas.

Inside the Gameplan: The non-conference slate

Sam Ehlinger. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas’ 2018 schedule is generally considered the toughest in the Big 12 and one of the harder slates nationally. This is mostly because the rest of the Big 12 isn’t opting for taking on a blueblood like USC in their non-conference slate this year (except TCU, taking on Ohio State) but it’s still fairly remarkable given that, unlike the rest of the Big 12, Texas never has to play Texas. Not literally, at least.