Texas Longhorns Head Coach Charlie Strong has not coached a game for Texas, yet he is making a good impression on several big name high school recruits from the Lone Star state.
One of those prospects is Aledo receiver Ryan Newsome. The 5-foot-9 Newsome is starting to garner attention from some pretty big programs. Florida State Seminoles, Clemson Tigers, Stanford Cardinal, Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are among a group of schools interested in Newsome’s services.
The reason Texas is high on Newsome’s list? The passion Strong has for getting the Longhorns back to national prominence. He saw this during Texas’ Junior Day on March 1. Newsome likes the direction Strong is taking the program. He is looking forward to seeing how Texas performs this season and where he would fit in at the program.
Another recruit to visit during Junior Day was Galena Park North Shore offensive lineman Tyler Moore. Moore was recruited by offensive coordinator Joe Wickline when Wickline was the offensive line coach for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The 6-foot-5, 330 pound lineman was a Longhorn fan growing up, and likes what Strong is accomplishing at Texas. He would be a tremendous commitment for a team that will lose at least two starters on the offensive line in 2015.
A sign that things are turning around in Austin is the news that Houston Westfield tackle Toby Weathersby left the March Junior Day liking what he saw. Texas was not considered a serious contender for the 6-foot-4, 295 pound tackle. Weathersby told Rivals.com he left with a favorable impression of Strong and the school. He has now named Texas as one of his top schools. Weathersby would be a major score if Strong can land him.
Recruiting top talent in the state has never been an issue at Texas. Mack Brown repeatedly pulled in Top 20 recruiting classes. The problem in the last five years is the coaches’ inability to develop that talent and win 10+ games a season. Strong is working hard to show these athletes that there is an emphasis on growing as a person, and as a player; if you are coachable and willing to put in the work, you will leave the University of Texas a better young man. It is hard not to get excited by Strong’s philosophy. It looks like recruits are feeling the same way.
If he chooses to go with the Cowboys they will have signed a great player who will be the foundation of their line for years to come. Cowboys fans will remain hopeful but in the meantime you can get Oklahoma State football tickets here.