The Houston Cougars announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Major Applewhite as it's next head coach on Friday. Applewhite replaces Tom Herman who left the position to become the head coach at Texas nearly two weeks ago.
One of the key tasks for Applewhite will be holding on to the 18 remaining verbal commitments the Cougars have in the 2017 recruiting cycle.
He got an immediate boost from the team's only quarterback commit in the class, John Tyler's Bryson Smith. Smith's prep career has closely resembled that of Cougars senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr. Both had tremendous playing careers with John Tyler and both committed to play quarterback for the Houston Cougars.
By his own admission, Smith said his relationship with Ward Jr. was that of brothers. On Tuesday the John Tyler Football Twitter account tweeted that Herman had extended an offer to the Cougars quarterback commit:
On Friday, shortly after the announcement that Applewhite, a key recruiter of Smith's had been named the new head coach for the Cougars, the account same Twitter account sent out a new update that immediately seemed to settled any lingering doubts.
Stay close to Cougar Digest as we continue to monitor the recruiting reaction the the new head coach of the Cougars.