By: Gerry Hamilton and Justin Wells East Texas continues to be talent rich in producing prospects, and over the last decade (2010-2019), they've put out plenty of NFL players, including the league's brightest superstar. Gerry and myself did our best to rank the best 12 in the last 10 years and give some background into their recruitments.
Texas senior and 2018 first team All-Big 12 DB Kris Boyd was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft with the 217th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings. Boyd is the second Longhorn to be picked in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The last time a Texas head coach brought in a class in his first full recruiting cycle at Texas, a majority of those who made it to campus played in their freshman year. That was the 2015 class with stars like Malik Jefferson, solid contributors like Patrick Vahe and P.J. Locke, and gems like Michael Dickson and Connor Williams. While several members of the 2018 class will be called upon to contribute early, members of the 2015 class are making sure the welcome they provide is warmer than the one they received.
The 2018 Preview Magazine is here. It includes a Q&A with Tom Herman from Justin Wells, profiles of Kris Boyd and Patrick Vahe by Mike Blackwell, Joe Cook's summary of Herman's offensive principles, Scipio Tex' analysis on the 2018 Texas defense, Eric Nahlin's position-by-position team preview, and Ian Boyd's look at the schedule.
The most populated position grouping on the Texas roster is defensive backs. You don't really notice this until you get ready to write about each player, or until you want to run dime and have a legitimate two deep. Texas doesn't just have bodies at the position, it has solid and experienced veterans with talent still yet to surface, solid role players, and an exciting crop of youngsters with the potential to put any question of who the real DBU is to sleep for the next decade. Insert Sterns and Foster joke here.
Ideally a team pretty much knows who they are going into fall camp. If you read my recent piece on Gary Patterson’s defensive development at TCU, you’ll notice that he goes into fall camp with gameplans for every opponent and his goal that fall is more about installing them than experimenting to sort out what will work. The spring is for figuring out who your team will be that season, the fall is for instilling a strategy to maximize that team’s strengths in the coming year.