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7 hours ago, Jameson McCausland said:

The dead period is officially over. Texas coaches will be back on the road bright and early. We will update as we find out where the coaches are at. The sprint to NSD2 has begun.

I want to know which one Kate is traveling with.

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National Signing Day 2018: Top Early Storylines to Follow




Texas and Tom Herman Need to Close with Offensive Playmakers

It's no surprise that Texas head coach Tom Herman would be able to build a stable of capable playmakers with the Longhorns—especially after all the success he had as an offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer at Ohio State and running his own program at Houston.

But he's amassed a top-five class this year in Austin, and there are plenty of reasons for fans to believe he has the program on an upward trajectory. 

This year included some understandable rocky roads for the 'Horns as they transitioned into the Herman era, but winning a bowl game is a quality step forward. This 2018 class that he's compiling is another major movement.

Now, all it needs is more offensive playmakers.

Texas' top four commitments are defensive backs BJ Foster, Anthony Cook, Caden Sterns and Jalen Green. Sure, Herman has two stud receivers committed in Brennan Eagles and Al'vonte Woodard, but they need more. 

Star running back pledge Keaontay Ingram has the ability to be one of the centerpieces of the class. While he didn't sign in the early period, there doesn't seem to be any concern that he will follow through with his commitment, according to Burnt Orange Nation's Wescott Eberts.

Lawrence Keys III, Joshua Moore or another high-profile target could pledge to Texas and help Herman rebuild his offense. With all those defenders on board, the 'Horns need a couple of marquee kids who make plays to pull the trigger. It'll be interesting to see if any other targets materialize over this last month.

Nobody knows if it's going to be Shane Buechele or Sam Ehlinger long-term at quarterback, but whoever it is needs to be surrounded by more big-time talent.


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34 minutes ago, TexCoyote said:

Why haven’t we heard who the 10th coach is going to be? I am sure they want him on the recruiting trail.

While it would be beneficial to have the 10th coach on the trail right now, it is more important that they get the hire right and Herman gets the guy he wants. This is especially important if they choose to hire an offensive guy/playcaller. One of the benefits of NSD1 is that a lot of a class is already locked up. Since the staff is recruiting a smaller group of players, the need to have the 10th assistant permanently in place at the end of the dead period isn’t as dire as it would have been if this rule was implemented in past years.

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All I really care about is getting the grad transfer OL from rice and Stanford. Everything else is jelly. Jeff Howe said yesterday some surprise grad transfer DL are gonna visit this weekend too. Wouldn’t be surprised to see us go the juco route for LB this summer, there’s some decent ones out there.

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6 minutes ago, DBOOK23 said:

might be the smartest move Herman has ever made.

You are absolutely correct, this move is brilliant. And is also an indication that we will be swinging for the fences with our 10th assistant. I like it

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Just now, Jameson McCausland said:

Great move by Herman. This allows him plenty of time to make the 10th hire while Carrington is out on the road recruiting. Texas may not even make the 10th hire until after NSD.

And that is fine. The staff should be fully focused on recruiting right now and not worry about the 10th coach. Take your time once this class is wrapped up to find the best possible guy out there and get him to the 40 acres. No use in jumping the gun in what could be one of the most significant hires in TH's short tenure, especially if the 10th coach will be involved in play-calling.

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