I'm not sure you could have drawn up a more taxing cycle in which a team still finishes inside the top-five. A lot was initially going wrong for the staff within the borders, not all of it their own fault, so Tom Herman made the calculating decision to be ultra-aggressive out West.
The 2019 class is going to go down as a game-changing group for the Texas football program. As we’re already seeing in the early stages of the 2020 cycle, Texas is clearly going to continue to answer Horace Greeley’s call to “go west” in order to find top prospects. Oklahoma leaned heavily on that strategy this decade while they were getting pushed out of Texas after bringing Mike Stoops and Tim Kish in fresh off their stint in Arizona. It yielded mixed results for them, regularly bringing in blue chip talent but some of which flamed out and some of which drove their success
By this time we know who Texas missed on and who it signed. The staff did an absolutely tremendous job of keeping its head above water as the SS Class of 2019 took on a little early water. Turns out there wasn't a hole in the vessel, just some shoddy plumbing.
When Texas is looking to fill a position of need, the staff won't confine its options to one of high school, JUCO, or grad transfer, rather it will typically weigh all available options and go from there. In some instances they may like their young options and want someone who can fill an immediate gap (or vice versa), but for the most part they'll always go best player available from the three main tributaries to the program. Talent is talent and they don't care if you're a high school player, at Last Chance U, or are ready to move on from your current four-year school as long as you fit the culture and can improve the program.
We owe you a team info packed Humidor which you'll get. I'll do the defensive version of the offensive one we wrote a couple of weeks. Last night had me missing my normal Thursday calls. Sorry, but when I get a chance to catch up with the immaculately dressed @DrewKelson I'm going to take advantage. We can start this Q&A up with a couple of notes: