The Texas staff has been hitting the trail hard recently, and Thursday afternoon was no change. Coaches visited Houston and East Texas, offering several prospects across Houston and Dallas, including some committed to other schools. The IT Staff has more inside.
Our Justin Wells and Ian Boyd and talk everything Texas coach Tom Herman. What he brings to Texas, his offensive/defensive philosophy, staff hires, and latest on recruiting news to the theme - Major Tom.
One of the most overlooked aspects of college football is the way that every program and every recruiting base is different. There’s tremendous overlap that’s easy to pick up on but there are also differences from state to state and program to program varying from resources, weather, demographics, and culture that really add up. Consequently, different programs are going to reach their ceiling through different strategies.
While Eric so eloquently described the new staff kicking up dust on the recruiting trail, I've gathered a few notes and quotes as Herman's Hermits continue to run up the gas card expense account from Bellmont. One thing I've noticed with the new staff that's vastly different than Strong's first go around are the established relationships with the prospects and new UT coaches inside the state. Just talking to kids in the last week, it's very apparent that this staff built bonds with prospects they may never have had a shot with at UH, but now that they're in Austin, are looking a little better.
What I'm seeing and hearing right now is a staff that has a very clear plan. We're noticing the mad rush to get into the ear of early enrollees, while also seeing contingencies set up for January in the event they are needed. Basically Tom Herman is operating a long cycle on a short clock and doing a pretty good job of managing his limited time, at least so far as I can tell. No other position presents clearer resolution of controlled recruiting chaos than running back.
You probably gathered that if you watched the body language in the press conference and the deference showed to Fenves when asked the larger Who, What, Why questions. Fenves has minimal knowledge of football, but he's a very bright guy with a good understanding of leadership and organizational management. He also consulted a number of advisors - former players, coaches, successful alumni who have been a big part of the football program - to help him understand the landscape so that he could create a proper framework for his decision.