As we're beginning to learn with Charlie Strong's recruiting approach there's often a long lull in recruiting action. There's Junior Days, or this year, Junior Day. Then you may have some visitors who are already in Austin for track purposes like the Texas Relays and the state championships. After that is camp season where he's actually bringing in guys to evaluate rather than recruit. If the staff likes what they see, then the recruiting for that player begins.
Are you getting a little antsy when it comes to recruiting? Have you been seeing other in-state schools receive commitments and make quality inroads with the state's best talent? Do you feel like Texas is falling behind in recruiting? You've already forgotten last cycle and how instructive it was towards Charlie Strong's approach, haven't you?
I'm going to piggyback off Sean's Monday article and discuss a topic I hit annually around this time; freshmen expectations. A lot of dynamics are in play as Charlie Strong acclimates a talented class into a program in dire need of speed and playmakers. The No. 1 dynamic I'll be watching is the intersection of talent versus tenure. A true freshman as talented as Malik Jefferson will overtake the most experienced of upperclassmen rather quickly because his upside is too great to not live with his young mistakes. Another dynamic is pure need at the position, namely in the defensive back seven.
The phone has been buzzing back quite a bit over the last few days so I have some solid info I don't want to hold for the Scoop. With the staff scouring from the Golden Gate to the Sunshine State some new names are emerging. Some are likely offers, some may be late offers, some we may never hear from again, but how that all plays out is anyone's guess. One thing I can say, I like what I've seen from this group of players.
The state of Texas being one of the great innovators of spread offense has necessitated the improvement of coverage defenders. It's no surprise the defensive back classes of 2014 and 2015 were downright special after a down year in 2013. 2016 is not on par with the two previous cycles, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have it's share of quality and quantity because it does.
Through no fault of his own Charlie Strong will likely experience a lull in the 2016 draft that will in no way indicate the program's actual trend line. It will be much more illustrative of Mack Brown's decline. I don't mean that to disparage Brown or to strike a blow across anyone's bow, but it's how I see things playing out based on the roster.
The evaluation of college programs' ability to identify and develop talent is in, and yet again, Charlie Strong proved himself to be one of the most capable instructors in the country. Ten players from his previous stop were selected over the three day NFL draft, and five players were drafted from Texas. He doesn't get full credit for the Texas players, obviously, but he certainly helped more than he hindered.
Here is the current Texas Football roster. I've included 2015 to make it as current as possible but keep in mind these guys aren't Longhorns until the NCAA clearinghouse says so. Also, there will be some subtractions in the coming months via transfers, some might be coming down pretty soon. For now, I'm going off the Texas Sports roster. Take a peak.