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Gresham decommitted in May. Strong must not want him, because he hasn't really been recruiting him. Only reason Strong showed a little interest in him was because of Knox. Since that ship sailed, don't think Strong has any interest in Gresham (already enough RB's in this class).

 

So he decommits from UT and commits to Lewisville and CS doesn't want him now?

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Well for one having the top 4* fullback in the country and also not having JG for part of next season

 

What you want at Louisville and what you want at Texas is different. Strong likes Delatorre at FB for what he wants to do. Gresham overplayed his hand and with the coaching move, he's having to scramble.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Orangebloods has learned <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23UT&src=hash">#UT</a> on verge of new indoor practice facility & more in my 1st-and-10 column. .. <a href="http://t.co/VX9OJwz5su">http://t.co/VX9OJwz5su</a></p>— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) <a href="

">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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6. I'm hearing Texas is this close to building a new, two-story, indoor football practice facility.

 

The money has already been raised.

 

It would go up in the same place where the current practice bubble is located at Frank Denius Fields.

 

There might be some issues with a state law that prohibits structures from blocking views of the Capitol building.

 

 

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By not resolving Brown's fate by the football banquet, one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the year, Texas essentially invited some of the most prized 2014 recruits to Austin to witness a 10-car pileup.

 

Texas hosted 17 of its then 23 commitments on official visits the weekend Mack Brown was fired.

 

Think about that for a moment. On the most important trip in a recruit's consideration of a school, 17 prospects were essentially brought in to watch as the coach they had built a two-year relationship with get unceremoniously dumped in a bad breakup.

 

Imagine the stories going back home after that visit. And then Texas doesn't replace Brown for another three weeks. In that time, coaches from other schools are reminding prospects such as Alaka, Emanuel Porter and Zaycoven Henderson of their 2-year recruiting relationships and why they'd be at home somewhere else.

 

So Strong, who has made recruiting a 24-7 priority since the dead period ended two weeks ago, hasn't had official visits to work with. He's had to go door-to-door, across the state, and try to build in an hour or two what some other coaches had two years to build.

 

So when you think of trying to blame Strong or his staff for any de-commitments, first consider the bad breakup involving Brown and UT officials right in the middle of one of the most important recruiting weekends of the year.

 

It was the equivalent of bringing guests on a cruise and then evacuating everyone to life rafts in the middle of the trip.

 

It could have been worse … and might still get worse.

 

 

As the culture change at Texas continues, here are 5 players I think will benefit from the new approach under Strong if they will challenge themselves. If not, the consequences could be severe:

 

RB/WR Daje Johnson, 5-10, 180, junior in 2014

 

When you let your academics slip to the point you are suspended for the bowl game, you are almost going out of your way to slack and let your team down. One thing is certain: if Johnson starts to waver, this coaching staff won't be looking to hold his hand.

 

OT Kennedy Estelle, 6-7, 290, junior in 2014

 

Estelle was also suspended for the bowl game because of academics. It's clear to many Estelle enjoys being at Texas. Now, he has to show he enjoys being a student-athlete at Texas.

 

DT Hassan Ridgeway, 6-4, 305, Soph in 2014

 

The development of Ridgeway is critical. After Mack Brown missed completely on defensive linemen in recruiting in 2013, Strong's margin for error at DT has dropped dramatically. Ridgeway loves to eat, which can be good and bad. But his upside is enormous.

 

OG Curtis Riser, 6-4, 310, Soph in 2014

 

Has just been coasting for most of his time at Texas. Needs to find his fire and passion for the game again, because there's talent to work with.

 

OT Camrhon Hughes, 6-7, 320, Soph in 2014

 

Tore up his knee playing basketball in the rec center before his freshman year in 2012 and has never shown a sense of urgency since. Hughes has great size, but he appears to have simply enjoyed being a student with a take-it-or-leave-it approach to football. That kind of approach won't cut it under Strong.

 

 

Lots more at the link above^

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Nice post, Juan. Those are such good points about Strong having to go door to door and do in an hour what others have had months and years to do.

 

Chip's best written work in awhile?

 

And I am all in favor of Daje hopping on the train. He could be so great on the field, but it still feels like along shot. I keep having flashbacks to Romance's wasted promise.

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Chip's best written work in awhile?

 

And I am all in favor of Daje hopping on the train. He could be so great on the field, but it still feels like along shot. I keep having flashbacks to Romance's wasted promise.

 

I wonder if Romance knows Ramonce Taylor? :) I love when that one gets mixed up.

 

Is Gresham a 4*? I thought he was a 3?? If he's a 4 then something has got to be wrong with him. No way a 4* player from Texas should be begging for work. I don't get it.

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It's so strange. Because if at worst he's a borderline 4* you'd think he'd at least be getting a look from Tech or any number of schools that mostly pull 3's.

I've read so many ranging things on him it seems. Some people act like he's extremely good and others seem to think he's not quite built for the college game. Just an odd case, I guess.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Horns&src=hash">#Horns</a> may actually land OT in 2014, as Colorado commit Elijah Rodriguez will take OV this weekend. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23hookem&src=hash">#hookem</a> <a href="http://t.co/GotLHoxUvy">http://t.co/GotLHoxUvy</a></p>— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) <a href="

">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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6'6, 265 from Cy Creek (Hou)

 

A consensus three-star prospect, Rodriguez is rated as the No. 112 offensive tackle nationally, the No. 195 player in the state of Texas, and the No. 1478 player in the country by the 247Sports Composite rankings. The 6'6, 285-pounder committed to Colorado on August 23, 2013 and took his official visit in early December. Arizona State, Arkansas State, Fresno State, Kansas, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Texas State, Tulsa, and UCF also extended offers. Rivals is reporting an offer from LSU as a result of recent interest in Rodriguez.

 

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What would the Longhorns potentially be getting in Rodriguez?

 

For one, a player who appears to have been passed on by Baylor, TCU, and Texas Tech, as he camped at all three schools but didn't receive an offer, as all three opted to take other tackles from the state of Texas.

In Wickline every Texas fan trusts, at this point, and for good reason, but it's worth noting that Baylor offensive line coach Randy Clements is where Wickline was several years ago in terms of perception and may not be far behind the new Longhorn offensive coordinator in terms of evaluating and developing talent.

 

Unfortunately, the highlights of Rodriguez are rather limited, as there isn't anything available from his senior season.

A right tackle as a junior, it doesn't take long to realize that he has excellent mobility -- he was a player that Cy Creek pulled from his right tackle position and his movement ability in space is impressive, as well his natural flexibility, a key for any football player but especially offensive lineman.

 

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The potential offer would mark the first out to an in-state offensive tackle since last summer, when La Grange's Zach Ledwik earned one at a camp. Ledwik then camped at A&M, took a visit to Texas, and promptly committed to the Aggies. In fact, the offer to Ledwik remains as the only offer out to an in-state offensive tackle. Several out-of-state offers were extended, but none of those prospects ever seriously considered the Longhorns.

 

Given the incredible need for at least one high school offensive tackle in this class, it's hard to imagine what former offensive line coach Stacy Searels was thinking. As with the tight end position for so long, there just wasn't a clear plan in place other than merely waiting.

 

 

more info at this link > http://www.statesman.com/feed/sports/colorado-ot-commit-elijah-rodriguez-taking/fXZm2/

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No real idea what Stacy Searels was thinking with OT recruiting at Texas before he left. Had extended one in-state OT offer in 2014 class.</p>— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) <a href="

">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Not a good year for OTs in state of Texas, but if difference is having zero depth vs. having depth, there was in-state talent good enough.</p>— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) <a href="

">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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