Category Archives: Premium Recruiting

Identifying the must-gets of 2019

Jalen Catalon at The Opening Regionals. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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.

Inside the Gameplan: Defensive senior film

Caden Sterns (Justin Wells/IT)

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.

Weekend visitor list

Garrett Wilson at the UIL State Championship. (Justin Wells/IT)

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.

Status check on 2019s

Roschon Johnson (Justin Wells/IT)

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.

Step 1: Offer the Elites

Noah Cain at the UA camp. (Justin Wells/IT)

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.