We’re roughly around 144 hours away from National Signing Day, a damn holiday in my home. Like Eric Nahlin mentioned the other day, splitting the signing day over two periods (late Dec & early Feb) takes away a little of the anxious excitement.
After overestimating Tom Herman’s immediate recruiting impact on the class of 2017 upon his arrival to Texas, I hurriedly re-calibrated my expectations and wrote the finish wouldn’t be quite as smooth as I originally thought. That bore out, but the staff’s penchant for evaluation and pragmatic, ‘save the ship’ approach, had a positive long-term effect on the roster. Saving those scholarships enabled the staff to sign the #3 class in the nation in the following cycle.
It’s been a fun week of recruiting. Here’s something to read while we get back to work on the Humidor.
Coaches have been putting miles on the rental cars and Horn Force One since late Saturday. Lots of recruits on the schedule, commits to close, and meals from parents who want to make a great impression. UT’s Class of 2019 is coming to a close with only a few more presents to wrap and put under the tree. Here’s what the prospects have to say.
Tuesday notes on the team after the Big 12 Championship and coaches seeing targets on the road.
In most years, Texas having only two commitments from the state’s top-25 at this point in the cycle would be cause for great concern. This is not most years.
We know the drill: the state is down, both from an athletic and mental evaluation standpoint, the state is ultra-competitive for the few players UT deems championship caliber, and Herman thought it the perfect time to establish an out-of-state footprint.
As we approach the seventh inning stretch for the Class of 2019, Texas has once again put itself in position for a potential top-five finish. If the staff can pull that off, you’ll see back-to-back top-five finishes for the first time since the Mack Brown era.
Eric Nahlin explains the musical chairs resulting from the ever-changing national landscape of 2019 RB recruiting.
The IT Staff answers recruiting questions as the race to NSD1 enters the homestretch.
On Tuesday I wrote about the in-state guys I covet the most. As I become more familiar with the players as well as UT’s needs that list will evolve. So too will the list of prospects below from Western states.