Fact: Longhorn fans have consternation when we fill up with early commitments.
Fact: Longhorn fans have consternation when we don't fill up with early commitments.
Conclusion: Longhorn fans enjoy having consternation about recruiting.
If this is an indication of a staff with a more cautious and measured approach to recruiting, that will only accept early commitments from their most coveted prospects, and are comfortable working the slow-play game to allow young kids still in developmental bloom more time to differentiate, then count me as an advocate.
I also suspect:
- That we'll end up with 6-8 early commitments before the summer anyway. Half of them high level OL.
- Pickings are slim at a few positions in-state and we're going to do a deep dive on late-bloomers and looking at possible plays for OOS kids. That takes time.
- We're only giving out 20 scholarships, so 3-4 mistakes are magnified in impact.
- A young staff with energy and drive is less eager to settle for "might be good enough" when great is available with extra work and a longer recruiting cycle.
- This staff is comfortable with their ability to pull early commitments away from A&M, OSU, TCU, Tech, out-of-state interlopers for late wants. Don't confuse an insurance policy with love.
Please feel free to speculate on who will be # 2.
Is this just another indication that we've made the program new?