In the last couple weeks, the Longhorns lost three key recruiting battles to their in-state rival. Five-star quarterback Kyler Murray, four-star wide receiver Kemah Siverand and three-star defensive tackle Kingsley Keke all committed to A&M, which I am sure resulted in a fist pump from Kevin Sumlin.
By the way, these were all in-state prospects, which should make it hurt even more for the Longhorns. Talk about a triple gut punch. Strong has been getting worked over on twitter as a result of the lost battles, but probably not as much as LeBron James.
Losing out on Murray was inevitable, because his father was an Aggie back in the day. Strong needs to bounce back from this; they tend to take college football pretty seriously in Texas, and losing is not usually tolerated for too long. Mack Brown had success early in his tenure, because he was able to land recruits like Vince Young. It seems like that game against Reggie Bush was only yesterday. Brown definitely wishes that it was.
It is not quite going in that direction for the Longhorns yet, and I do not expect them to win the Big 12 next season. That will disappoint any readers in Austin, but I have to trust my instincts. If coach Strong wants to right the ship, then he would do well to secure commitments from the top players in his own state.