Charlie Strong, the new head coach of the Texas Longhorns, is going to be in for a tough time next season with the recruiting cupboards a bit bare. His predecessor, Mack Brown, left Strong a somewhat broken program and it will have to be rebuilt from the ground up.
It is probably strange territory for some of the Longhorns possible commits, most of whom grew up in the Vince Young era when the brand was still alive. After last season though, Brown did not have a single player taken in the draft, which is the first time that had happened since 1937.
That is incredibly shocking.
“Some people are taking it all over the top,” uncommitted ESPN 300 linebacker Malik Jefferson said. “Those weren’t Charlie’s people; he didn’t develop any of those kids. Why would people want to change their minds off going to a great school like Texas because of something they couldn’t control?”
Strong had a few first round picks taken this Spring, and he should bring a similar recruiting ability to the Longhorns. We all know that Strong’s coaching had quite a nice effect on Teddy Bridgewater, and so the key relationship to keep an eye on will be between the coach and the starting quarterback. That makes me take Jefferson’s words into account even more; it makes you think that the Longhorns really needed the infusion of new blood into their program.
The real question is if Strong is resilient enough to handle all of the media scrutiny that comes with managing one of the top programs in college football. I think he is.
Brighter days might be ahead for the Longhorns, although Brown probably would have said that last Spring too.