Along with the rest of the 2015 defense, the Texas Longhorn secondary took a big step backwards from the heights of 2014. Though Duke Thomas played admirably at nickel (he played virtually every spot in the secondary at one point or another), the Horns missed Quandre Diggs and Mykkele Thompson greatly.
I think the event is open to the public and if so I encourage as many of you who can make it to do so. We can go out before or afterwards and discuss what we saw. Watching movement skills live is one of my favorite things about this job. It can take your previous opinion and spin it on its head. Case in point, Kirk Johnson. I liked the 2015 signee’s sophomore film but was underwhelmed by his junior season.
For 2017 La Grange running back, JK Dobbins, it was a healthy dose of the former and a tragic measuring of the latter that has made him one of the more mature 16-year olds you could possibly come across. Talking to him is like talking to a man about to disembark college and attack the world with equal parts knowledge and work ethic. Why would the real world be any different than how he attacks the football field?
USC is and will forever be RBU. I'm a firm believer that once a school reaches the XXU status, they keep it barring a startling regression over a rather long period of time. No, LSU, a great run of defensive backs doesn't trump UT's history. It's the way of things.
I discount any assertions that Charlie Strong is on a short leash and needs to win in 2015. You'd be surprised how often Saturday fans believe this and bring it up in passing. At a bare minimum, 2016 is the big year and that's the way it should be. Until the team is re-made in Strong's image you can't really fault him for the transition unless he's recruiting terribly.
Hope the day went well and you got that rainbow trout neck tie you've always wanted. Power tie, imo. Despite portrayals to the contrary (Super Bowl commercials), dads are the bomb. I sent quite a few text messages out yesterday to father's who have done a tremendous job keeping their son's grounded. Here's a few notes from the world of Texas Football recruiting.
Defensive recruiting is off to a relatively slow start, when accounting for 4.5 of the five commits being slotted for offense. This is likely by design. I'm sure Strong feels much more confident closing defensive players late than on the offensive side. As well he should, with his stellar schematic and developmental record. Still, you'd like to see a bit more action on the Vance Bedford side of the ball.