After pulling several prospects from the Pac-12 footprint in the 2019 cycle, Tom Herman, Todd Orlando, and Oscar Giles looked west once again and found the next Longhorn defensive lineman. 2020 Draper (UT) Corner Canyon DL Van Fillinger committed to Texas today over competing offers from LSU, Michigan, Oregon, UCLA, Utah, USC, Ohio State, and Washington.
The final quadrant of the 2019 schedule is essentially all the new money teams in the conference. Texas travels outside the state for the second time all year to play at Matt Campbell's surging Iowa State, then takes on Matt Rhule's fixer upper Baylor in Waco, then ends the season with a re-emergent Texas Tech program under new HC Matt Wells and infused with shale cash.
One of the fascinating dimensions to Big 12 Media Days is seeing everyone in person, you're no longer beholden to roster tables but can see up close which teams have size and even physical confidence. I'll never forget showing up at Media Days for the first time in 2014 and noticing how Kansas State's player reps were thick but short, Iowa State's were similar, and the players that Oklahoma and Baylor brought were truly massive and towered over most everyone.
ARLINGTON -- Even after a 10-win season, a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia, and a quarterback that proclaimed "We're back!" Texas coach Tom Herman remains laser-focused on the bigger picture; a national championship. The biggest jump in his third season on the Forty Acres is going from a coach-led team to a player-led program.