With only one player committed on the defensive side of the ball for 2017 (Lagaryonn Carson), Texas still has a lot of work to do between now and signing day. Texas took one CB in the class of 2016 in Eric Cuffee, but he projects more as a nickel. They only took one possible CB in the last cycle due to the stellar class they took in 2015 of starters Holton Hill, Davante Davis, and backup Kris Boyd. Texas needs some numbers at this position for 2017, but the state does not have the deep selection it has in recent years.
Texas currently has three offers out for running back for 2017, one to JK Dobbins (La Grange - Ohio State), one to Toneil Carter (Houston Langham Creek) and one to Najee Harris (Antioch [CA] - Alabama). With Texas looking to take around two running backs this class, there are decent amount of options to look at in state. Strong prefers the bigger, D'Onta Foreman type back, but that type of back isn't littered across the state this cycle. Even so, lets take a look at the two in state offers, and some more from Eric's Top 10 list.
AUSTIN -- On Thursday, head coach Augie Garrido said that his team avoided “the weird” in their win over the TCU Horned Frogs. The Texas Longhorns avoided “the weird” again on Friday, taking game two over the Frogs 2-0 in a game that lasted only two hours and 14 minutes.
AUSTIN -- Before this game, TCU's starter, Luken Baker, had yet to receive a loss in his collegiate career. He was a part of a staff that had combined for a 2.78 ERA and an opposing batting average of .225. Baker had two things going against him tonight, his defense behind him and sophomore outfielder Patrick Mathis’ bat. TCU’s four errors and Mathis’ two-run home run in the fifth helped the Texas Longhorns go on to win their Big 12 Conference opener, 4-3.
SAN MARCOS -- After allowing the Texas State Bobcats to tie the game with two home runs, the Texas Longhorns exploded for six runs in the 11th to defeat the Bobcats, 10-4 in San Marcos. Through four innings, Texas only had two hits on four hard hit balls. They advanced a runner to second in the first after junior center fielder Zane Gurwitz reached on an infield single. After being moved on a sacrifice, Gurwitz failed in his attempt to steal third with two outs.
AUSTIN -- The No. 23 Texas baseball team pounded out double-digit hits for the second straight game and kept UNLV off the board for the entire afternoon en route to a 7-0 shutout win in the series finale at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Sunday.
Watching the first three innings would make you think that the 2016 Longhorns had turned the corner on offense and would be able to support the pitching staff with timely hitting, moving runners over, and aggressive base running.
After visiting Omaha in 2014 and reaching the national semifinals, 2015 was supposed to be another banner year for the Texas Longhorns baseball program. While the team began strong out of the gate, a midseason non-conference sweep at the hands of Nebraska proved to be a major turning point in the season. The team stumbled into the Big 12 Tournament, needing to win in Oklahoma City to even have a chance at the field of 64.