Last week I wrote the likeliest offensive class; here its more physical and fearsome, brother. This is educated guesswork at this point, but it will give you an understanding of where Texas sits with some players. I'm most concerned about the big boys on the defensive line. I think everything else on defense will work out just fine.
If some were worried about the strength of Shane Buechele's commitment, let his appearance at Saturday's Junior Day be a leading indicator that he's solid. Driving conditions were treacherous from Buechele's native Arlington to his future home in Austin, but despite hours of traffic delaying his arrival he still made the trip. The Lamar quarterback didn't make the trip to see Texas; he's been there and done that. He wouldn't have committed to Texas if he still had questions about the school or program. He made the trip to lay the foundation for relationships that could end in new Longhorn commitments; future teammates.
After Charlie Strong's offer-palooza in the last 48 hours, things have somewhat settled on the 40 Acres as we are a week away from Texas Junior Day. We talk to a handful of the newest offers, add names to the JD roster, and finish with some Barnes talk. It's the Inside Scoop.
Texas stockpiled the depth chart in a heavy need cycle in 2015 with Chris Warren, Kirk Johnson, and Tristian Houston, but I doubt you need reminding. Warren's going to eat a lot of carries, Kirk Johnson can fit in numerous roles, and Houston is a fine fit with good burst for the Wickline run-game.
Big boys are often the latest to emerge because of the lengthy maturation process, but that's not the case at the very top of the list. Greg Little and Patrick Hudson are just that special and have been known commodities for well over a year. Some new names have been emerging of late, including a teammate of one of UT's top targets. One thing is clear to me, this group is much better than I initially thought. Joe Wickline has a lot of decisions to make on this class.
The 2015 cycle was unconventional, not just for Texas fans, but also Charlie Strong. Maybe especially Charlie Strong. Sure, it had some elements of his process at Louisville, but he got a whole lot more than he bargained for and ended up in some all out street fights with regional and national schools. He landed his share of body blows, and put WRTS at a standing eight count. You can actually say the fight with Aggie is now a draw, though I much prefer UT's trend line.