This is the time of year when you take elites, or guys who give your class protection from suffering a big miss late. So far this class is just that across the board, and in some cases (Ehlinger, Tennison, Carson, Miller), it’s both.
That’s not to say the other guys aren’t anything more than just Strong playing CYA (cover your ass), they are, and in fact, UT’s two lowest rated recruits, Xavier Newman and Kobe Boyce, are both heading to The Opening. Meaning they’re headed for big jumps in the rankings world, especially once they perform well.
At this point pay no mind to Texas having three four-stars and four three-stars. Everyone in the class is in four-star territory, or at least much closer to it than their rankings would have you believe. Not that many were worrying about it, our star-gazers seems to be few and far between these days.
How each player fits in the class is important for mapping out your strategy as the cycle moves on down the yellow brick road.