ARLINGTON -- Even after a 10-win season, a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia, and a quarterback that proclaimed "We're back!" Texas coach Tom Herman remains laser-focused on the bigger picture; a national championship. The biggest jump in his third season on the Forty Acres is going from a coach-led team to a player-led program.
Vernon Broughton, will be announcing his decision today at some point (no time is set as far as I know). Broughton is a huge talent and a rarity in-state as a giant, versatile defensive lineman. He has the stuff you're born with and the aptitude to add the extras of strength and technique.
We'll start with the team, a team that takes much less projection to predict being good than any in recent years. Of course there are questions that will be better answered in August and beyond, but this group represents the best starting point for Texas football since...
We start in DFW with one of the nation's top defenders, stay in the metroplex for one of the nation's top junior tailbacks, then head north for a defensive lineman from Missouri, and finish on the west coast with one of the premier pass-catchers in the country. We're racking up miles in the Recruiting Notebook.
Things heated up this evening when The Opening participants joined the Elite 11 quarterbacks here in Frisco. Measurements, 40-yard dashes, power ball, and broad jumps were followed by position-by-position situations and drills - OL vs DL, RB vs LB, WR vs CB. Just when the battles had started, in walked the four-star defensive lineman from Cypress Ridge, Vernon Broughton. Questions were asked. Answers were given.