You’d like to get more than one ‘special year’ out of what was a special class on paper. As we know, they’re not guaranteed and a lot goes into whether or not you get even one special year out of a special class on paper, namely talent in neighboring classes and development, both in S&C and on the field.
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.
Or, college entrance interview. With the Houston Under Armour All American combine being held at Westfield this past Sunday I had a feeling I'd see 2018 UA All-American Keondre Coburn. That bore out and offered the perfect time to see how he's been spending his final weeks as a high school student-athlete before embarking on college.
Since I've been breaking down every Big 12 class it only makes sense that I would include the Texas Longhorns, with their 2018 class parsed just as I have for their competitors in the conference. The 2017 class, Tom Herman's first at Texas, was an underrated success and for being a lower rated class it seems likely to punch above its weight. The 2018 class is a heavyweight group rated third nationally and first in the Big 12 by 247 and including much of the state's top rated prospects and 19 Texans overall bolstered by seven out of state signees. Here's how it should fit together into the Herman vision for the program.
The typical play for top defensive programs is to stockpile as many athletes as possible and then rely on the culture and process to round them into shape as a cohesive and fast playing unit. That’s been the name of the game for some time now but things are getting tougher these days with the game becoming increasingly about skill and recognition on the field. Orlando figured out how to (finally) leverage Texas’ superior athleticism in 2017 but he did it while leaning on some skilled veterans that knew how to set the table for the younger guys on the field.
AUSTIN -- After the early signing period ended in mid-December, Texas had one of the top-ranked classes in the country on any of the recruiting services. However, the class was not close to its max capacity and still had glaring needs across the defensive line, including a commit that chose not to sign when he had the chance to.