This has easily been the hardest group for me to rank. Someone could rank the guys from 2-6 as being the second best of the group and I wouldn't really have a problem with it. The guy I have at seven is one of the top 2-3 athletes in the group so it feels off to have him ranked so low.
Full disclosure: I love Houston. The city has been more than fair to me; good job prospects in various lines of work, affordable quality living, entertainment, an abundance of bars and restaurants (@redlionpub, imo), my soon-to-be wife, can all be had in Houston. Well, save the wife - find your own.
Tons in this week's Inside Texas Inside Scoop. Team notes, recruiting updates, weekend visitors, out-of-state offers, and MORE SHAKA. Recruits talk Smart along with a behind-the-scenes look at how UT nabbed the 37-year old hoops coach. All of this and more in the Scoop, including a new visitor and offer.
On the heels of a four-man linebacker class in 2015, Texas could theoretically take another foursome if you count Demarco Boyd as a linebacker (he's an athlete to me). Currently they've offered three in-state linebackers, excluding Boyd. It just so happens those offers are my top three for 2016, and all three are possible Longhorns.
Yes, we are talking about practice. Latest from the Frank Denius Fields as UT gets into full spring swing, plus the Texas Relays are in town along with some of the nation's best athletes. Great chance for Strong to say hello to a handful of prospects and targets. We also talk to a new offer, a new QB target, and the very latest on Rick Barnes. We are sitting on the front row in this week's Inside Scoop.
Charlie Strong arrived in Austin with the reputation of being a great defensive coach. Despite the underwhelming record in his inaugural season and more than a handful of lopsided games, he lived up to his billing in year one. It requires some context to understand that, namely the offense was terrible and put much undue strain on a defense that was much better in quarters one, two, and three than in the fourth. The team simply lacked the required depth to not wither late and the offense routinely put it in unfavorable situations. As did special teams.
Quarterback, quarterback, quarterback. How tired are you, as a fanbase, of discussing the same position season after season? I try not to write about it much because it's discussed ad nauseam, but yet again it's an important topic heading into spring. We'll discuss it, of course, but it isn't even the most important position grouping on that side of the ball.