The Texas Longhorns will host their inaugural “Under the Lights” camp this Friday, and it should give head coach Charlie Strong an excellent opportunity to secure commitments from a few blue-chip prospects for the 2015 recruiting class.
ESPN’s Big 12 Blog reports that a number of highly-rated recruits will be in attendance, including potentially 25 or more names from the ESPN 300 list. The list of attendees will also include all 11 football players who are currently committed to Texas.
The camp could potentially be the start of a deluge of commitments for Texas. Few programs could pull together as much talent as the Longhorns have for a camp like this. It shows that Texas football is still very much on-the-map, nationally. Many elite recruits have most likely been taking a wait-and-see approach to the Longhorns to this point, as Charlie Strong prepares to put his first Longhorns team on the field, but that could change quickly. With so many of the nation’s top prospects coming to Austin, at least a few are likely to pull the trigger, after seeing what it would be like to work with coach Strong and his staff.
From there, as spaces start disappearing, other recruits may find themselves compelled to commit sooner than they planned, out of fear of missing out. The state of the Texas football program may be in flux, but it is still Texas. For many football players, donning the burnt orange would be the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s only a matter of time until Texas’ recruiting class starts to reflect that.