We’re talking offensive fits under the new Tom Herman regime, our top OFF and DEF signees from 2017, and some Junior Day notes as Tom Petty stops by. Listen up.
This week’s Notebook starts in DFW with a promising o-lineman, heads down to East Texas for a safety with bad intentions, and wraps up in Houston with perhaps the state’s top WR and safety. The Recruiting Notebook gets you caught up on Texas targets with burnt orange on their mind.
Todd Orlando used to be a 4-3 guy in his days back at UCONN. He played LB at Wisconsin himself and his defenses used to be defined like much of the rest of the Midwest or Northeast with an emphasis on sound, physical play and “bend don’t break” strategies.
We’ve started looking deeper into recruiting philosophies of the Thomas Herman.
At times, when the state isn’t birthing certain quality at specific positions – like LB, RB in 2018 – you have to open the borders and find the fits. We’ve gathered a handful of notes and quotes from the OOS offers Herman and his staff have extended. We’ll break down a mixture over the next few months.
A big, early Texas lead was short lived as a veteran, savvy Iowa State squad turned a 17 point deficit into a tie game late in the contest. Not unexpected, but still a tall task for this young Longhorn team to pull out a win against these senior-heavy Cyclones.
But Texas was up to the task.
Texas will look to continue their recent strong play at home when the Iowa State Cyclones come to Austin just three days after knocking off the Jayhawks in Lawrence, KS. The Texas-ISU game preview.
The value of early commitments stretches far beyond the individual talent of the player. They become the most vocal and enthusiastic recruiters, with unlimited contact. I recall an OU insider telling me the Sooner coaches had never seen anything like it. The commits were making their job easier.
Texas WR Jake Oliver is skipping his senior season to focus on his non-football future, per ESPN. Oliver was second on the team in catches in 2016 with 33. According to the report, Oliver will graduate in May.
Keys to the 2018 class, breaking down the Texas priority targets from the Opening regional, and the Junior Day roster is turning into a monster. It’s the Scoop for your Super Bowl Sunday hangover.
Some thoughts and observations. We’ll go into the insider-y stuff tomorrow.
The weather wasn’t inviting at 50 degrees and a slight breeze that made it cooler. I knew speed and agility times would be down, which is why my jaw hit the floor when Brennan Eagles told me his numbers. More from the Houston Regional.