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.

The Inside Scoop – 2/12/18

Roschon Johnson (courtesy Tishy Bryant)

Texas wrapped up a fantastic 2018 class. Now, on to 2019. We’ve got notes on the some of the top prospects that should make it to Austin soon for Junior Day. We also talk to a handful of targets from the 2019 class and more. It’s the all-recruiting version of the Inside Scoop.

Lackluster Longhorns

Mohamed Bamba (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last season, Texas’ home loss to TCU on January 11 dropped the Longhorns to 7-9 overall, and (in my opinion) guaranteed there was no chance the Longhorns would return to the NCAA Tournament in Shaka Smart’s second year. While the record is improved this year, Saturday’s 87-71 loss to the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth might have done the same thing in year three.

Offseason forever and always and then some…

Todd Orlando (Will Gallagher/IT)

I always found the off season was good for two main reasons back in my day and I suspect it might hold true today if the truth be known. First and foremost is the growth spurt for the players. We always felt adding the right kind of weight/strength was the only objective and planned our workouts accordingly.