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*** National Signing Day 2014 Thread ****


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Winning solves recruiting. Just for some historical context. From 1989 to 1996, for six years Texas only got 1 out of the top 10 players on the Fab 55. The two years we got 3 or 4 were Mackovic's honeymoon years recruiting. I'm sure Strong will recruit better than McWilliams and Mackovic. With Sumlin hot, I'm not expecting the big in-state hauls that Mack had, but I'm hoping that Strong recruits more out of state anyway.

 

Sports is so cyclical. We will soon rise again and the Aggies fall.

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Maybe I will be wrong, but something tells me Coach Strong is going to coach this guy up--

 

 

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Chris Nelson <a href="https://twitter.com/chrisnelson2455">@chrisnelson2455</a> and the entire family with the Horns up. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Longhorns&src=hash">#Longhorns</a> <a href="http://t.co/P4JgYq1o9q">pic.twitter.com/P4JgYq1o9q</a></p>— Dustin McComas (@DMcComasOB) <a href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>How cool is this? Three generations of Nelsons there to celebrate Chris' announcement. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Longhorns&src=hash">#Longhorns</a> <a href="http://t.co/VOgpspZ1Jg">pic.twitter.com/VOgpspZ1Jg</a></p>— Dustin McComas (@DMcComasOB) <a href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Was just sent this shot of the entire school in Lakeland filling the room for Chris Nelson's announcement. <a href="http://t.co/YxCiuC21gm">pic.twitter.com/YxCiuC21gm</a></p>— Dustin McComas (@DMcComasOB) <a href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Strong said Garrett Gray reminds him of Riley Cooper when they recruited him at Florida. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HookEm&src=hash">#HookEm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Longhorns&src=hash">#Longhorns</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NSD&src=hash">#NSD</a></p>— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) <a href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Charlie Strong said they're labeling D'Onta Foreman as an athlete. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HookEm&src=hash">#HookEm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Longhorns&src=hash">#Longhorns</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NSD&src=hash">#NSD</a></p>— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) <a href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Charlie Strong said priority was to hold recruiting class together. "It was an intense couple of weeks."</p>— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) <a href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Charlie Strong said they had to recruit John Bonney's dad just as hard as they recruited Bonney. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HookEm&src=hash">#HookEm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Longhorns&src=hash">#Longhorns</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NSD&src=hash">#NSD</a></p>— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) <a href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Charlie Strong goes nearly 28 minutes on his signing day press conference. Mack would be halfway through breaking down each guy on film.</p>— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) <a href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>When asked about Kevin Sumlin being "Coach Cool" with a "Swagcopter" etc., Charlie Strong said: "We're not going to be a gadget program."</p>— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) <a href="

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I admit I had not considered giving the man the rock

 

 

 

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>When DT Poona Ford's HS coach was asked who he compared Poona to, the only name he could come up with was Bo Jackson. <a onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Outgoing', 'twitter.com', '/search?q=%23Athlete&src=hash']);" href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Athlete&src=hash">#Athlete</a> <a onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Outgoing', 'twitter.com', '/search?q=%23HookEm&src=hash']);" href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HookEm&src=hash">#HookEm</a></p>— Alex Dunlap (@AlexDunlapNFL) <a onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Outgoing', 'twitter.com', '/AlexDunlapNFL/statuses/431126214086905856']);" href="

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HUDL has film that isolates Poona playing Fullback and Hback

Cannot embed this - but its worth a look http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1531067/highlights/125769393?autoplay=1

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Sports is so cyclical. We will soon rise again and the Aggies fall.

 

Only in the very strange world of the aggy spin zone could they be considered on a rise. When did aggy rise since the recruits they signed today were in diapers? Is aggy's 9-4 7th place in the SEC this year after an 11-2 5th place in the SEC last year a rise or a fall? UT just fired their coach for losing one more game than aggy in 2013 while aggy gave Sumlin a big raise. Any bets on who rises and falls in 2014? Will it matter in 2015 recruiting?

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Seeing Poona play FB and lead block into some little 205 pound LB just seems unfair. Fun film to watch.

 

Yeah, that's one of the hardest things about recruiting. These kids look so awesome--world beaters--against kids that are just physically and athletically outclassed. What happens when all of a sudden they have to compete against kids of similar size and skills?

 

I like Poona and Nelson and hope they both get a year to develop before getting significant playing time. The closer to the ball you get the more development time is needed.

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Using 247 team rankings, here is how the new head coaches at big schools did

 

Sarkisian/USC -- #11

Strong/Texas -- #17

Franklin/Penn State -- #24

Peterson/Washington -- #37

 

Here is same using ESPN rankings

 

Sarkisian/USC -- #14

Strong/Texas -- #16

Franklin/Penn State -- #24

Peterson/Washington -- #45

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congratulations to all the signees! Welcome to the Longhorn Family! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TexasFight&src=hash">#TexasFight</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HookEm&src=hash">#HookEm</a></p>— Charlie Strong (@Strong_TexasFB) <a href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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:D

 

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We Longhorns!! <a onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Outgoing', 't.co', '/OvlkxN44cT']);" href="http://t.co/OvlkxN44cT">pic.twitter.com/OvlkxN44cT</a></p>— Terrell Cuney (@TCuney_55) <a onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Outgoing', 'twitter.com', '/TCuney_55/statuses/431183411781197824']);" href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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That was the last time Cuney is going to smile for a loooong time. Coach Moorer doesn't like it when his guys still have strength to smile.

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Found a shot of John Bonney with his dad.

Coach Strong said he had to recruit the dad as hard as the player.

Dad seems pretty happy.

The other guy is from HISD.

 

 

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And here is mom with another HISD person.

 

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Charlie Strong said they had to recruit John Bonney's dad just as hard as they recruited Bonney. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23HookEm&src=hash">#HookEm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Longhorns&src=hash">#Longhorns</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NSD&src=hash">#NSD</a></p>— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) <a href="

">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Here is Bonney again, this time with fellow Horn Roderick Bernard (Sharpstown) - who also had an offer from Alabama. There are reports that Bernard has hit times in the 4.2s

 

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Using 247 team rankings, here is how the new head coaches at big schools did

 

Sarkisian/USC -- #13

Franklin/Penn State -- #17

Strong/Texas -- #19

Peterson/Washington -- #37

 

Here is same using ESPN rankings

 

Sarkisian/USC -- #15

Strong/Texas -- #17

Franklin/Penn State -- #24

Peterson/Washington -- NR

 

247 now has Texas at 17th, and ESPN has them 16th (Oklahoma is ahead on both)

 

Both 24/7 and ESPN now have Penn State at 24th.

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