I’m going to start out with an assertion I’ve made several times over the course of the 2019 baseball season. Texas reaching Omaha in 2018 was well ahead of schedule, at least by one year. See, David Pierce’s first season looked about how I expected it to go.
COLLEGE STATION - In an exciting rivalry game, Texas got down early, clawed it's way back, got down again, clawed back once more, but ultimately could not break through and grab the lead from the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies. Head coach David Pierce said after the game he tried to treat this Tuesday like any other Tuesday. However, both he and junior second baseman Kody Clemens admitted they knew a little bit more was at stake with this one.
The value of early commitments stretches far beyond the individual talent of the player. They become the most vocal and enthusiastic recruiters, with unlimited contact. I recall an OU insider telling me the Sooner coaches had never seen anything like it. The commits were making their job easier.
When I am perusing the board while hanging with my girlfriend, I’ll look at other schools coming into Texas and wonder out loud “how did that happen?” I’ll get her normal question of “what’s going on?” and one of the times led me to discussing national recruiting powers with her, and explaining why a school from thousands of miles away can come into Texas and take top prospects from under the noses of the Big 12 and lone SEC programs in the state.
Despite Texas going 5-7 on the season, I still feel relatively optimistic the 2016 class will unfold in a way that will please most. Some of that is UT's own doing with wins over OU and Baylor while playing tons of young, exciting talent. Some of that is help from others. If you're a school in the region looking for recruiting help, the Aggies are at your service.
I was watching the horribly acted John Singleton movie Higher Learning and at one point Professor Phipps (Laurence Fishburne) chides Malik Williams (Omar Epps) and says, “Poor misguided soul!” That is kind of the way I feel after reading the Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee and his piece named - Are Texas Longhorns Too Scared to Renew Rivalry, Play the Texas A&M Aggies?