It's a critical time for the Longhorns coaching staff on the recruiting trail these days

The Longhorns closed strong the last recruiting cycle. Can they do it again in 2016?

Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong has consistently maintained throughout the season that he felt like he and his staff were in a good position with recruits despite their struggles on the field. 

During his weekly Big 12 coaches teleconference on Monday Strong said that he was “still missing a few parts” and that he needed another recruiting class to get things going.

“Once we get that next class, we should be headed in the right direction,” Strong said. 

Right now is a critical time for UT’s staff as Sunday marked the beginning of the contact period, which means coaches will be out at schools and recruits homes trying to sway them toward Austin. 

“A lot of our guys are out right now,” Strong said. “This is the first time that we can actually have contact so it’s really critical that we got out yesterday and today. What we do is we go in and see every player that is sitting there that hasn’t committed. So we had a ton of visits last night and have a ton of visits tonight. We want to make sure that the one’s that are sitting there, we have an opportunity to go get.” 

One of the first stops several members of Texas’ staff made on Sunday was to go see the nation’s top rated safety, Brandon Jones (Nacogdoches, Texas).

Texas also stopped by to see a couple of their commitments.

As Strong mentioned, his staff will be on the road on Monday making several other stops [We’ve got updates on where the coaches will be right here]. One of the players that Texas could visit is four-star defensive tackle Jordan Elliott [Houston/Westside], who actually committed to Michigan over the Longhorns a few days ago.

Don’t expect the Longhorns to back off of Elliott just because he’s given his non-binding verbal commitment to UM.

“I always say that we have until February to chase them down,” Strong said. “A lot of times they are going to leave the state. But once everything is over with you really have a chance to go to them and bare it out, go chase them and run them down. We got to get the guys that we need to go get. We can’t be afraid to go recruit them and we won’t be afraid to do that.”

Texas currently sits at 11 commitments, with its last four all joining the class since Nov. 6.


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