Wyatt Analysis

Just what does new wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt's hire mean for the Longhorns? Read more below.

In Wyatt, the Longhorns landed their primary need from the wide receiver coaching spot: a recruiting haymaker who can continue on, and potentially build on the job done by departed receiver coach Bobby Kennedy.

The staff lost two of its better recruiters when Kennedy and now-Florida coach Will Muschamp left, but were able to bring back some of that clout with Wyatt, one of Kansas's top recruiters. He also has Texas connections, playing high school football in the state and coaching at Trinity Valley CC (1989-1991), Sam Houston State (92-94), and Baylor (1996) and he's coached at Big 12 schools Kansas (twice), Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

His reputation should only boost more with Kennedy recruiting with a Longhorn on his polo.

Make no mistake: recruiting was the top part of the job description, and Wyatt was already named co-recruiting coordinator. But Texas also landed an experienced receivers coach, one who has handled wideouts on a variety of stages and one with offensive coordinator experience.

He was offensive coordinator for a lights-out passing attack at Southern Mississippi that set school records and was receivers and passing game coordinator for an Arizona team in 2007 that averaged 308.5 yards per game. He was also co-offensive coordinator at Kansas for one season before making the decision to come to Austin.

In the grand scheme of things, landing a wide receivers coach isn't an explosive announcement, especially with offensive and defensive coordinator spots still left open. But recruiting is the lifeblood of any program, and often a school's wide receiver coach serves as the front man of a school's recruiting efforts.

That's certainly the case with Wyatt, whose impact will likely be felt before the Longhorns take the field in 2011-2012.

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