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The Texas Twenty Seven: Macro Recruiting Observations

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Courtesy of Inside Texas:

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DL Mike Williams, Dunham (LA)

DL Daniel Carson, Independence (MO)

DL Keondre Coburn, Spring Westfield

DL Moro Ojomo, Katy

WR Joshua Moore, Yoakum

RB Keaontay Ingram, Carthage

OL Christian Jones, Cy-Woods

LB Joseph Ossai, Conroe Oak Ridge

EARLY ENROLLEES

DB BJ Foster, Angleton

DB Caden Sterns, Cibolo Steele

CB Anthony Cook, Houston Lamar

QB Cameron Rising, Newbury Park (CA)

QB Casey Thompson, Newcastle (OK)

WR Brennan Eagles, Alief Taylor

OL Mikey Grandy, College of San Mateo (CA)

P Ryan Bujcevski, ProKick Australia

LB Ayodele Adeoyoe, IMG Academy (FL)

EARLY SIGNEES

PK Cameron Dicker, Lake Travis

LB Byron Hobbs, Fort Worth Eastern Hills

OL Rafiti Ghirmai, Frisco Wakeland

OL Reese Moore, Seminole

TE Malcolm Epps, Spring Dekaney

OL Junior Angilau, Salt Lake City East (UT)

DB D’shawn Jamison, Houston Lamar

WR Al’vonte Woodard, Houston Lamar

DB DeMarvion Overshown, Arp

CB Jalen Green, Houston Heights

A few macro observations:

  • 32% of Herman’s roster is now comprised of true freshmen. That has implications, both good and bad. Good for getting “his guys”, upgrading talent and fostering buy-in. Bad for short term program success
  • The NSD1 and NSD2 signing periods proved fruitful for us. We signed an elite NSD1 group that served as proof concept for NSD2, which was heavily focused on unearthing late bloomers, keeping a couple of reliables in the fold and sweet talking some A&M/LSU/OU leans to Texas. It worked out pretty well
  • 13 of the class is an early enrollee. They’ll have a chance to impress early and get on the appropriate development track (play, redshirt). Crucially, two of the early enrollees are kickers. That’s a big deal
  • The NSD2 group is thick with high floor needs, good projects and coveted late risers (Ojomo) as well as the classes bell cow RB and a couple of players that were turned late from being sure Aggies
  • 4-5 DL, 5 OL. Badly needed and they’ll inject some much-needed depth that will pay off in ‘19, ‘20 and ‘21
  • The Texas DB group is particularly elite. Some heady comparisons are already being thrown around - let’s see if they live up to the hype
  • Depth at QB? Texas will start the 2018 season with four guys on the depth chart. Impossible! Assuming the current roster holds...
  • A common trait of Mack Brown classes were 4-5 guys at the bottom that made you scratch your head when you watched their film as it wasn’t even clear that they provided role player floor, much less stud ceiling. I’m having difficulty locating any head scratchers here