We’ve broad-brushed the recruiting landscape to set the table for this cycle. In short, it won’t be encapsulated by Bob Ross and filled with happy trees and playful clouds, but rather more so Jude Law’s creepy turn as a morbid photographer in the very underrated Road to Perdition.
Two juniors, a sophomore, and a freshman walk into a locker room. Talking to the Allen OL, Dickinson TE, New Caney DB, and a Katy Taylor OL.
The typical play for top defensive programs is to stockpile as many athletes as possible and then rely on the culture and process to round them into shape as a cohesive and fast playing unit. That’s been the name of the game for some time now but things are getting tougher these days with the game becoming increasingly about skill and recognition on the field. Orlando figured out how to (finally) leverage Texas’ superior athleticism in 2017 but he did it while leaning on some skilled veterans that knew how to set the table for the younger guys on the field.
Good news, they’re all in the Top 50.
Some big picture thoughts on the 2018 men in the fold…
So the recruiting weekend might be pretty nice after all.
On the final weekend for the 2018 class, UT has a number of signees and elites from 2019 and 2020 on the schedule.
Most you already read in the Humidor. A few new ones to notice.
Texas is assured a fantastic class at this point. The floor is established, but is the ceiling 10 foot or cathedral? Intrigue still looms and the staff is still hitting the road very hard.
Here’s the latest on key targets.
While some are already concerned about the next cycle as if Texas was nearing the end of it, it has barely even begun. Let’s take stock of where Texas is with some of it biggest targets at this very early juncture.
The NCAA has almost engineered structure into every school’s recruiting calendar with two recent rule changes. In this cycle we saw the institution of the early signing period. That will be met this cycle with the ability for recruits to take official visits in the spring months of April and May. This is more of an aside, but if they just move the early signing period to August — equipped with an out clause if a head coach is fired — then the NCAA will have gotten these alterations correct in my view.
Let’s get to a little Stream of Consci_ _sness as we near the intersection of the completion of the 2018 cycle and the official beginning of 2019 recruiting.