Texas is sitting at eight commitments and I'm not sure I've done percentages yet. Normally by the time the staff has that many verbal pledges assembled I'd have done percentages a time or two but that class went from a spark to a Jalen Milroe accelerant wildfire in the blink of an eye.
The bye week affords an opportunity to ask some old-school Humidor questions, so the IT Staff talks to a good friend to get some old-school Humidor answers. Plus, coaches on the road, player health, and more Inside the Humidor with the Big Cigar.
Eric is joined by the Texas beat writer for The Athletic, Kaelen Jones. They discuss his first year writing for the Athletic, his thoughts on living in Austin, breakout players, and thoughts on the future of the football program.
The bye week affords a good opportunity to take stock of where the conference is with talent acquisition. The short story is pretty much the same place where it has been: Texas and Oklahoma are clearly out front while other schools are doing the best they can to find hidden gems, scheme fits, and players who improve their baseline talent even if they require more time to develop. That's the right approach, especially for programs rebuilding or outside of the conferences main recruiting footprint of Texas.