Category Archives: Premium Recruiting

Big classes are the new normal

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Conventional wisdom has the 2017 class below 20, especially after Texas extended a life raft to the four Baylor signees. That’s not necessarily the case and we think the class will finish somewhere in the low 20’s.

The only way yearly large classes work is through attrition; lots of it. Turnover might not be good for many business models, but in college recruiting its how you keep the depth chart competitive.

Recruiting Notebook – 8/3/16

Jarell Cherry at UT's satellite camp in Dallas. (Justin Wells/IT)

This week’s Notebook starts in the San Antonio area with a completely safety and under the radar wide receiver that turned heads at Under the Lights, back to DFW for up-and-coming SDE, then finishes in East Texas with an offensive lineman from a traditional power. We cover the Lone Star state in the Recruiting Notebook.

The Inside Scoop – 8/1/16

Josh Thompson. (Justin Wells/IT)

Let’s talk roster numbers. Let’s talk to new recruiting targets. Let’s talk coaches calling kids at midnight. And let’s talk hoops and where UT stands with a few of his prime prospects. It’s Monday, let’s talk about the Inside Scoop.

Recruiting Notes + Q&A

Baron Browning, (Justin Wells/IT)

All recruiting, all day today at Inside Texas. I drop news and notes on Baron Browning, Chuck Filiaga, Tanner McCalister, and more, then Justin Wells and I do a Recruiting Q&A at 9:30AM.

Come talk Texas Football recruiting with us today at IT.

Under the Lights Recap

Sam and Shane at Under the Lights at DKR. (Justin Wells/IT)

Texas’ third annual Under the Lights camp had plenty of talent on hand, including talent already on campus and committed, to talent waiting to get to campus. Here are some of the names I made note of.

More from Joe Cook and Justin Wells.

The Inside Scoop – 7/11/16

Marvin Wilson at The Opening. (Justin Wells/IT)

For a long time we’ve discussed flip-flopping the Humidor and Inside Scoop. With the Humidor posted last Friday and Justin and I just returning from Oregon, we feel now is the time to do it. The reasoning is quite simple, the Humidor builds up better to games than the Scoop does, and we’d prefer to contact kids and sources on the weekend rather than during the week, especially during the school year.

Inside Scoop – 11/20/15

D'Andre Christmas Giles. (Nike)

Texas gets a bye this week as they prepare for Tech on Turkey Day. We’ve got team news and practice notes. Also add recruiting updates on Jean Delance and D’Andre Christmas-Giles, plus hoops in this week’s Scoop.

Inside Scoop – 10/16/15

Marvin Wilson. (Justin Wells/IT)

UT’s bye week was anything but slow when Strong and the staff amped up recruiting with two big commits this week. We talk to one of them, along with Marvin Wilson, Jordan Elliott, JK Dobbins, and Brandon Jones. We check in on Manvel HS and also catch up to Collin Johnson about officially become a Longhorn and get the latest from Shaka on the hardwood. There’s no bye weeks in the Scoop.

Inside Scoop – 9/25/15

Andrew Fitzgerald. (courtesy of Fitzgerald)

It’s a new season. Texas opens conference play on Saturday with confidence and a few adjustments for the Big 12. We’ve got practice reports, injury updates, UT’s newest offer, more recruiting, and the basketball team is going Navy Seal training this week. As usual, the Scoop delivers.

Recruiting Notebook – 4/16/15

Mark Jackson. (Jackson family)

We deliver the Recruiting Notebook – Spring Game Edition this week. We stay in-state for a head-hunting DB, and a couple of edge-rushing ends. Then we hit the slopes of Colorado for an under-the-radar tight end that favors the Austin life. The Texas Spring game may be Saturday but the Notebook drops today.