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.
We begin with a pair of wide receivers on the Texas radar, hit Dunder-Mifflin for a cornerback, and take a closer look at an under-the-radar linebacker from Da Boot. It’s Notebook time.
While the class of 2021 has been unpredictably unpredictable, we’re still talking about a top 10 ranked class in late May with plenty of quality prospects within reach that will only solidify the class.
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.
LSU’s 2019 championship run, which included multiple top 10 wins and quarterback Joe Burrow throwing for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns, was a line in the sand moment in college football. It’s now clear that the highest level of offensive football that can be achieved right now is running pro-style passing schemes from spread formations. From here on out, programs that don’t pursue a “pro-spread” approach on offense are essentially run game truthers.
Corona and “recruiting” tail during spring break is much more desirable than corona affecting the recruiting trail during the spring evaluation period. Though, some programs that have created momentum during these unprecedented recruiting times may beg to differ. Despite landing some solid commitments over the last month, Texas hasn’t been one of the schools able to manufacture momentum at this time.
Texas is searching within state lines and across the nation for pass catchers. Justin Wells caught up with two receiver targets Andre Coleman, Mike Yurcich, and Tom Herman are building relationships with.