Anonymous Survey: 2014 non-UT commitments

LonghornDigest caught up with nine 2014 recruits, who all held offers from Texas but decided to go elsewhere, for an anonymous survey on the program. They spoke openly and might surprise you with their answers:

The class of 2014 drew the short straw.

It was inevitable, but there was going to come a time when a class of recruits was going to have to come to grips with the fact that it wouldn't have the opportunity to play for Mack Brown at Texas.

That can be especially hard to accept when he's the only Longhorns head coach you'd ever known in your lifetime.

It's certainly had an effect on some recruits as Texas has lost 10 verbal commitments for the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 since Brown's departure.

Not all of those have been directly because of Brown's resignation. Some were a result of position coaches leaving and new head coach Charlie Strong wanting to further evaluate certain prospects.

Whatever the case, it's clear that a new era of Longhorns football is underway.

LonghornDigest caught up with nine 2014 recruits, who all held offers from Texas but decided to go elsewhere, for an anonymous survey on the program. They spoke openly and might surprise you with their answers:

1.

Was Texas a serious contender for you when you first started getting serious about recruiting?

Yes: 6

No: 3

"No I never liked the coaching staff," said one of the nation's top offensive recruits.

2.

Did they rank in your top three heading into your senior year?

Yes: 4

No: 5

3.

Did they recruit you as hard as you would have liked them to throughout your recruitment?

Yes: 6

No: 3

"They recruited hard but I just lost interest," said one of the most dynamic offensive players in the state.

4.

How much did it hurt Texas' chances when Mack Brown resigned?

A lot: 4

A little: 0

Not at all: 5

"It pushed them off the edge," said one of the countries top defensive recruits.

"They never really had a chance," said a top offensive playmaker and future Longhorns opponent.

"Didn't hurt them at all," said a top defensive back.

"It didn't hurt them because they hired a great coach," said one of the nation's premiere defenders.

5.

If Mack Brown were coaching at Texas right now would you be committed?

Yes: 1

No: 8

6.

Where would you rank the Longhorns amongst other programs in Texas right now?

"Texas is first," said a former Texas commitment.

"A&M then Texas," said an out-of-state lineman.

"Baylor, Texas A&M TCU, Texas, Texas Tech," said one of the countries top offensive weapons.

"Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, North Texas, SMU, Houston," said one of the top players in the nation.

"A&M, Baylor, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech," said one of the countries top players.

"Texas, Baylor, Tech, A&M," said one of the nation's best defensive backs.

"Texas is first," said one of the Dallas-Fort Worth areas best.

"Texas, A&M, Tech," said another former Longhorns commitment.

"Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor," said a player going out-of-state.

7.

What could Texas have done differently to land you?

"They could have walked the walk about academics. All they did was talk about it. Never took me to a classroom or a professor and I went down there nine times," said one of the nation's top players.

"Recruited me better than they did," said a top defensive player going out of state.

"Focused on education," said a former Texas commitment.

"Nothing at all," said a player who had Texas as a finalist.

"Probably try to bribe me and stuff," said a matter-of-fact offensive player.

"If they didn't have the "once you are committed you can't visit other schools" rule I would be committed," said an out-of-state player.

"Change their approach on who they were getting and how they played recruits," said one of the nation's premiere players.

"Really don't know," a top offensive player said.

"Played more aggressively and landed the last three Heisman Trophy winners," said a former Longhorns pledge.

8.

What was your first reaction to Texas hiring Charlie Strong?

"Didn't bother me," said one of the top players in the country.

"That was the best thing for them," a top offensive player said.

"I liked it," said a top defensive back.

"I was really surprised. Him being an African American guy I didn't think he'd get a job there. It was an OK hire," said an out-of-state player.

"Was really excited about the new coach," said a dynamic offensive playmaker.

"Thought it was a great hire. He is a great man and coach," said one of Texas' top targets in 2014.

"I really didn't care," said a former Texas commitment.

"That's what's up. But he's got a lot of work do to," said a former Longhorns commitment.

"Good hire," said one of the state's best DBs.

9.

If Coach Strong had more time at Texas to recruit you do you think you would have committed?

Yes: 2

No: 7

"No I wouldn't have gone there. I think our personalities would clash," said a top defensive player.

"No because at that time I was already committed to one of their rivals," said a big-time lineman.

"They would have made my top three," said one of the state's top defensive backs.

10.

What's the best advice you'd give the current coaching staff?

"Watch some tape on Jim Valvano. It's about the kids and winning. Not a paycheck or a job," said one of the nation's premiere players.

"Be truthful and don't cry about recruits going to visit other schools," said a top offensive playmaker.

"No advice. Just do what they did at Louisville," said a top defensive playmaker.

"Talk to the players more about the education of UT," said a former Texas commitment.

"Be more aggressive," said a player committed to one of Texas' biggest rivals.

"Texas' last coaching staff was really nice. So that helped them a lot," said an electrifying offensive recruit.

"If you are going to say something, mean it. Don't feed them lies to make them happy. Be mean and straight up. Yes, mean. Also show the parents all the academics, classrooms and professors with kids. Get the graduation rate up," said one of the nation's best players.

"Go make a name for yourself as a Texas coach and move to the SEC," said a former Longhorns pledge.

"I have no advice," said a top defensive back.


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