Tom Herman’s first complete recruiting class in 2018 was nearly an ideal group for competing in the Big 12. There were multiple promising athletes on the offensive line, weapons like Keaontay Ingram and Brennan Eagles, edge-rusher Joseph Ossai, and a horde of impressive defensive backs that included 5-star safeties Caden Sterns and B.J. Foster.
In the Newbery Medal winning short story, Recruiting for Dummies, I mentioned the myth of the rainmaker recruiter. These supposed rainmakers are in much shorter supply than Dummies realize. Most recruiters are beholden to circumstances that are largely out of their control, namely program perception. This excludes head coaches, of course. A position coach killing it on the trail for Ohio State isn’t going to be the same recruiter at other schools, even if he was selling a good and somewhat similar product like Michigan. Or even Notre Dame.
Huston Street always intended to be a Longhorn. The son of late Texas quarterback and pitcher James Street, Huston knew from the time he was five years old he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps on the Forty Acres.
There are still unknowns surrounding the season in general, and plenty around the Texas program per the “new normal“ of the last decade, but there’s a lot of optimism that we feel is justified. Of course many of the concerns are every bit as justified, if not more so. It wouldn’t be Texas football without that tension.
Lincoln Riley’s Oklahoma program consistently draws the top offensive talent in the nation to Norman. Baker Mayfield was succeeded by Kyler Murray, followed by Jalen Hurts. Dede Westbrook was succeeded Marquise Brown, followed by CeeDee Lamb.