Texas’ search for defensive linemen has become a pretty fascinating topic this offseason. The team is struggling to find depth at the position, losing both existing players and committed recruits at the position. The search for the now notorious “4i-technique” linemen who can fit Todd Orlando’s 3-4 defensive scheme is becoming a major theme in the recruiting story.
Herman talks a lot about alignment. We debate what it means and what is or isn’t aligned behavior…until it starts to sound like a chiropractor CME seminar.
I think he means sound tactics informed by smart strategy.
The 2015 recruiting class was one of the most athletic collections of defensive players that the Longhorns had signed in this decade. Malik Jefferson headlined the group and was joined, by order of 247 ranking, Anthony Wheeler, Holton Hill, Kris Boyd, DeShon Elliott, Davante Davis, P.J. Locke, and Breckyn Hager to round out their defensive backfield class. Now in year three we are finally seeing how the pieces fit together.
Tom Herman’s first Junior Day was probably the most successful recruiting moment yet for the new regime. In addition to successfully drawing in the “who’s who” of 2018 Texas recruiting, they also made great impressions with many of the state’s elite prospects.
Tom Herman entered the UT head coaching job with plenty of national fanfare. The Top 10 wins, the top recruiting classes to a power five school and the grill all made Herman a huge name nationally, and even more so within the state of Texas.
I thought Ehlinger’s signing was worthy of some focus since it is my estimation that Texas just signed the best QB in the class, the best QB they’ve signed in perhaps a decade, and the perfect trigger-man for Tom Herman’s offense.
One of the savvier political moves that Charlie Strong made at Texas was to tell the broadcast team for the Baylor game that “no matter who’s coaching Texas next year they’re going to be a 10-win team.”
It’s time for us to continue to dream big about the future of Strong’s Texas program, this time on the defensive side of the ball where Charlie Strong has been loading up every year with elite talent.
This year, by my count, Texas had 32 players who played high school football within the state get drafted. That’s typically about average, give or take. It’s always interesting to see who made it to the Promised Land after the high school rankings bonanza. Drafted players can be telling of a program’s rise (Baylor/TCU), another ones fall (Texas), or of a scouting department who knows what it’s looking for.