One of the main reasons Shaka Smart and his staff are excited for the season to begin is so that they’ll finally have live game action to show recruits.
That’s been one of the most difficult parts of Smart’s tenure on the 40 Acres since he and his staff arrived in April.
It’s hard selling a product when, to a certain extent, that product hasn’t even been tested yet.
“It’s been a challenge,” Smart said on Tuesday. “A lot of people are in wait-and-see mode. A lot of people want to see how we do this year, the way we go about things, how we coach our guys. That’s fair. I’m excited for people to see that.”
The fact that they don’t have a Texas sample size for recruits to base things on might have had something to do with highly-coveted recruits like Javin DeLaurier deciding to commit to Duke or five-star guard De'Aaron Fox leaving UT off his Top 7 back in August.
But that hasn’t stopped Smart and his staff from being able to sale the program, the vision enough to entice two elite recruits to jump on board.
If all goes well this season, more of a similar rankings stature should join them in what could end up being the biggest class – in terms of players signed – that Smart’s staff has ever had. UT should sign no fewer than five and as many as six recruits this cycle.
“The recruits that come to watch practice and have been around our workouts, I think they leave here with a little bit different understanding of what we are trying to do here,” Smart said. “I’m excited about who we are recruiting and excited about the future.”
Two of the main prospects the Longhorns are hoping to get to be a part of their 2016 class are five-star center Jarrett Allen, who is from Austin, and four-star guard Andrew Jones, who is from Irving (Texas) MacArthur.