Disappointing seasons sure are disappointing, especially when they come on the heels of another disappointing season. When four of the last five seasons have been disappointing for Texas Baseball, well, I think you get the picture.
When I am perusing the board while hanging with my girlfriend, I’ll look at other schools coming into Texas and wonder out loud “how did that happen?” I’ll get her normal question of “what’s going on?” and one of the times led me to discussing national recruiting powers with her, and explaining why a school from thousands of miles away can come into Texas and take top prospects from under the noses of the Big 12 and lone SEC programs in the state.
AUSTIN -- Mansfield defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway was the only member of the Longhorns to declare early for the 2016 NFL Draft. In the end, Ridgeway was the only Longhorn selected in the draft, going in the fourth round to the Indianapolis Colts with the 116th overall pick.
With only one player committed on the defensive side of the ball for 2017 (Lagaryonn Carson), Texas still has a lot of work to do between now and signing day. Texas took one CB in the class of 2016 in Eric Cuffee, but he projects more as a nickel. They only took one possible CB in the last cycle due to the stellar class they took in 2015 of starters Holton Hill, Davante Davis, and backup Kris Boyd. Texas needs some numbers at this position for 2017, but the state does not have the deep selection it has in recent years.
Texas currently has three offers out for running back for 2017, one to JK Dobbins (La Grange - Ohio State), one to Toneil Carter (Houston Langham Creek) and one to Najee Harris (Antioch [CA] - Alabama). With Texas looking to take around two running backs this class, there are decent amount of options to look at in state. Strong prefers the bigger, D'Onta Foreman type back, but that type of back isn't littered across the state this cycle. Even so, lets take a look at the two in state offers, and some more from Eric's Top 10 list.
AUSTIN -- On Thursday, head coach Augie Garrido said that his team avoided “the weird” in their win over the TCU Horned Frogs. The Texas Longhorns avoided “the weird” again on Friday, taking game two over the Frogs 2-0 in a game that lasted only two hours and 14 minutes.
AUSTIN -- Before this game, TCU's starter, Luken Baker, had yet to receive a loss in his collegiate career. He was a part of a staff that had combined for a 2.78 ERA and an opposing batting average of .225. Baker had two things going against him tonight, his defense behind him and sophomore outfielder Patrick Mathis’ bat. TCU’s four errors and Mathis’ two-run home run in the fifth helped the Texas Longhorns go on to win their Big 12 Conference opener, 4-3.