With offers going out to this class I’m making sure to pour over as much film as possible to fully acquaint myself. This is normally the time of year we do this anyway. Rather than sit on my thoughts, I figured I’d share them on two positions where talent is in abundance: Defensive line and defensive back
The most accurate narrative surrounding Texas football, that it's a perennial underachiever, can't be overcome until the team returns to the field this fall. The second most accurate negative narrative, Texas doesn't put enough players in the NFL, lags winning and can't be overcome until next Spring at the earliest.
For going on two years now we’ve known Texas had to strike oil on the offensive and defensive lines in the 2021 recruiting class. The materials are championship caliber across the board. There are plenty of edge rushers, offensive tackles, interior O-linemen, and grow 'em D-tackles. A good challenge, and one that Texas fans hope truly materializes, will be to make the pieces fit within class numbers.
Let’s take a look at how the staff is operating this cycle. I’ll offer my unsolicited opinions along the way. While I defer to the professionals, especially since I’m not dealing with as complete information as they are, I think they tend to play things too cautiously and leave meat on the bone in each cycle. That approach benefits walk-ons and grad transfers the most.
The in-state strength of the class is exactly where you need it to be to win at a championship level — on the defensive line. Texas will have to nail that group. Linebacker numbers should be easy to meet. The defensive back-field is equipped with some good players but the talent is only decent by instate standards.
The new coaches and players are in that fun, get-to-know-you stage of a relationship. Unlike when Herman initially arrived with the University of Houston staff, these coaches aren't coming on nearly as strong. That could be the newness, that could be related to where we are in the football calendar, or that could be a sign that Herman doesn't want his coaches micro-managing as much.