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UT Junior Day I – Saturday’s news, notes, and quotes

Everything is bigger in Texas. Including the Junior Days. Instead of trying to cram a ton of prospects into one day, the UT staff breaks these events in half. More 1-on-1 with parents and players. Less chance of a kid not getting his attention. More opportunities for parents to ask questions to parents of guys currently on the Texas roster. It's a strategy that helped Herman corral the Class of 2018. It'll serve him even better with the 2019 class. 2020 too.
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Step 1: Offer the Elites

The NCAA has almost engineered structure into every school's recruiting calendar with two recent rule changes. In this cycle we saw the institution of the early signing period. That will be met this cycle with the ability for recruits to take official visits in the spring months of April and May. This is more of an aside, but if they just move the early signing period to August -- equipped with an out clause if a head coach is fired -- then the NCAA will have gotten these alterations correct in my view.