Whether or not either of those players commits to UT, what would your message be to Texas fans as it relates to this 2015 class?
“Are you not entertained?” - Maximus Decimus Meridius
It is a completely different recruiting atmosphere in Austin now that the staff is pushing for commitments in December and January heading in to signing day. And this is just the way that it is. Gone are the days where UT has its class filled and can sit back with its heels kicked up waiting for the 20 players who took official visits to Texas to all sign.
Alabama has annually pulled off some amazing finishes, and usually finishes towards the top of the recruiting rankings heap, but I have to tell you when you are competing nationally for that type of player and that type of class it is going to be filled with surprises, intrigue, let downs and even sometimes big commitments.
The Alabama’s, Ohio State’s and Florida State’s of the world see their fair share of bad news on the trail, but they also have many victories, and at times those wins are much less heralded than the losses.
Pay attention to how the needs of the class are met when the dust settles on signing day. And just enjoy the site to bring you news on all what leads up to it.
Remember to breathe. It’s important to breathe.
And enjoy the moment. This is fun isn’t it?
Whether or not Texas lands Jefferson and/or McNeal on Friday, remember that these or 17 and 18-year-old high school seniors making one of the biggest decisions of their lives, and that these decisions weren’t made overnight.
They’ve endured annoying journalists like me and countless fans tracking their every move/word for the last few seasons. If they don’t choose Texas tomorrow, chill out and remember that they are still kids at the end of the day. They’ve both handled this process a lot better than I could have, I’ll tell you that.
As for the shape of Texas’ 2015 class, let’s not forget that this is a 6-6 team in discussion for the commitments of a five-star linebacker and a four-star athlete. That doesn’t happen to many .500 teams in mid-December.
Charlie Strong has this thing headed in the right direction – look at the in-roads he’s making in Florida and on the JUCO trail. Give him some time to get his players in to Austin and let’s see how this plays out.
And don’t forget about all of the other huge recruits that Texas still has a chance with – Ryan Newsome, Chris Warren, Soso Jamabo, Nicholas Brossette, Kris Boyd, Holton Hill, all of those Florida recruits. There’s plenty of excitement left to be had over the next few months.
So breathe and enjoy the moment. And, of course, keep it locked on HD!
Recruiting is not for the faint of heart. It’s very short and very sweet.
There is nothing else to say in my opinion. I could go on and on about recruiting being a marathon and not a sprint, but the fact is you never land everyone you want and you must understand that going into each and every recruiting cycle.
I have confidence that Texas will be the team that will make more noise than just about any other moving forward as we close in on NSD.
For this week’s HD Roundtable, I’m borrowing a phrase from Aaron Rodgers:
Remember the world is not ending and the Longhorns aren’t out of the race for some big name guys. If Malik Jefferson and DeAndre McNeal don’t pick Texas on Friday it’ll be a tough blow but you have to pick yourself off the canvas and keep rolling with the punches.
Coach Strong knows what he is looking for and he’ll get guys that fit his system.
Also, remember recruiting isn’t as easy as it used to be. When Mack Brown landed his first recruiting class it was jam-packed with talent. In fact, it was the number one overall class in 1999.
But back then the Texas recruiting landscape was never as fragmented as it is today. Nor was the SEC the powerhouse it is today.
The Longhorns have so much to deal with in the battle for recruits. They have to deal with their normal foes – Oklahoma and Texas A&M. But now they have to fight with Texas Tech, TCU and out-of-state schools. Strong didn’t walk into the same recruiting paradise that Brown stumbled upon.
So my message is to relax. Texas will get the guys it wants. If the Longhorns don’t get a few guys here and there it won’t be the end of the world.
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