Recruiting going well for Smart, Texas

Shaka Smart and Texas are coming off a top five recruiting class in 2016 and their 2017 class is starting to take shape.

Texas has it rolling on the recruiting trail.

Sure when Shaka Smart rolled into Austin (Tex.), there were some bumps in the road early on, but the Longhorns stuck to their plan and are building a roster full of talented players.

On Friday, the Longhorns added one of July’s breakout stars, Jase Febres, to an already solid recruiting class. The addition of Febres, who ranks No. 47 overall, gives them three commitment in Scout’s top 100 and catapults them to the No. 6 recruiting class in the country.

This comes on the heels of a top five class last season that includes top 20 recruits Jarrett Allen and Andrew Jones. Both are expected to be significant contributors to the Texas program.

What’s impressive is how Texas has recruited their home state over the past year or so. Out of the gate they couldn’t get a sniff with top 10 recruits De’Aaron Fox or Marques Bolden, who spurned them for Kentucky and Duke respectively.

But Texas’ staff continued to build relationships and targeted the right guys that not only fit their needs, but also fit the culture they were trying to create.

Houston native Jacob Young was the first in-state player to commit to the Longhorns, but then in the fall of last year they turned the corner, grabbing Jones, who was an emerging five-star point guard at the time, over Arizona, Louisville and Baylor.

Allen was the big fish and although it took some time to get him on board, they did in June. Now he’s set to have a big career.

While their 2017 class doesn’t have the bonafide superstar that Allen could develop into, it does have three very good players (all ranked in the top 100) that fit their style and will help their program.

But the class isn’t finished.

The Longhorns will now turn their full attention to Matt Coleman, who they targeted as the point guard of the future years ago. Coleman is slated to visit Texas in late October and is also considering the likes of Duke and Stanford.

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