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.
Many will want absolute answers when there’s still a lot of uncertainty, but Texas is poised for a very fine finish on defensive line, though finding a Rover is still a concern. I’d also like to see more traction with slot receiver. The staff could defer to 2019 if necessary.
EJ Ndoma-Ogar profiles as a bruising guard in college, but he’s light enough on his feet to play tackle in high school at a high level. His baseline physical traits along with his mental evaluation give him a very high floor. This was a great offer that needed to happen.
Along with 2018 jumbo athlete Vernon Jackson being on his official visit, Texas has also hosted younger unofficial visitors.
The biggest news yesterday was Anthony Cook pledging to Texas and then signing this a.m. My favorite news, however, was the signing of Michael Grandy. I’m a fool for depth.
We can talk about all that and whatever else recruiting related.
If you follow recruiting year-round this post isn’t necessarily for you, though maybe it’ll make for a good refresher. If you forgo the drama and only have interest in recruiting to understand what players your program is definitely getting, then this offering should be insightful.
I wanted to hit offense first because we’ve seen some interesting developments in the previous days.
Let it snow (information).