Listening to Christmas music this morning in the Wells' house, I've got a couple recruiting notes to drop this morning while sipping on this egg nog waiting for Army-Navy. Just added Sunday updates on new offer and surprise visitors. Here are some notes for the big official visit weekend.
The Texas staff has been hitting the trail hard recently, and Thursday afternoon was no change. Coaches visited Houston and East Texas, offering several prospects across Houston and Dallas, including some committed to other schools. The IT Staff has more inside.
What I'm seeing and hearing right now is a staff that has a very clear plan. We're noticing the mad rush to get into the ear of early enrollees, while also seeing contingencies set up for January in the event they are needed. Basically Tom Herman is operating a long cycle on a short clock and doing a pretty good job of managing his limited time, at least so far as I can tell. No other position presents clearer resolution of controlled recruiting chaos than running back.
It's not even December and Texas has its new head coach and much of its staff decided. That is very rare, and very beneficial to the big recruiting push that's about to take place. While that push is happening, the staff will have to get its bearings on the fly, as there is a lot of information to account for and angles to play. Of utmost importance internally is understanding the landscape, identifying the most important targets, familiarity with unique scenarios, and understanding the timing of it all, all while keeping the current commits in the fold.
Nearing Thanksgiving and only seven recruits committed. Typically not ideal but after two heart-stopping cycles of late finishes with Charlie Strong you should be accustomed to this. It doesn't look like Strong will be here on NSD, but the finish is guaranteed to be furious.
You can't tell by the temperature outside, but Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. Perhaps a better indicator of that will be lines at the grocery store. They're the worst. Thanksgiving means being thankful another merciful offseason is upon us, which typically means belly laughing at the foibles of rival schools and recruiting at a higher level than the team plays.
Two games in. Limited data set? Very, but I think it's okay to read into it a little. Notre Dame will approximate the high end of UT's competition, UTEP will do the same for the low end. As some have concerns over the upcoming road trip, and, GASP!, the 9:30 (Texas time) start, I'm unconcerned. This is a much better prepared team.
Conventional wisdom has the 2017 class below 20, especially after Texas extended a life raft to the four Baylor signees. That's not necessarily the case and we think the class will finish somewhere in the low 20's. The only way yearly large classes work is through attrition; lots of it. Turnover might not be good for many business models, but in college recruiting its how you keep the depth chart competitive.