New Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong was behind the eight ball in recruiting when he was hired last month. He had weeks to get his staff hired and organized before the recruiting dead period ended. He had to meet with players recruited by the Mack Brown regime. Give kudos to Strong for keeping the bulk of the recruits on board and finishing with a top 20 recruiting class.
Fast forward a month and fans can see Strong laying the groundwork for another top recruiting class. Texas has made offers to several highly-rated players, including two Rivals Top 100 players in Tallahassee Lincoln (Fla.) wide receiver John Burt and Gilmer (Texas) cornerback Kris Boyd.
How good can this class be? It is still too early to tell, but judging from the job Strong did with the 2014 class, it is safe to say 2015 should be much better.
One change is already evident. Texas will step outside the Lone Star state to find the recruits it needs. At Louisville, Strong had to raid Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and other southern states to find players. He is doing the same thing at Texas. Recruiting SEC and ACC territory may not always produce a significant number of recruits, but it does show that Strong wants to go toe-to-toe with these conferences for marquee players.
Texas high school football is still the bread and butter for Texas. Strong’s predecessor rebuilt relationships with the high school coaches and this allowed the program to prosper from 2000-09. The new head coach would be wise to develop these relationships if he hopes to continue to have a pipeline to the best talent in the state. Strong currently has six commitments from Texas.
The future looks bright. Strong weathered the 2014 recruiting storm just fine. He even managed to recruit two defensive line prospects from South Carolina and Florida at the last minute. The 2015 class will show the strides this staff has made at bringing Texas back to national prominence.