Headlines and happenings from around Longhorn Nation. Texas doesn’t take a day off from recruiting.
Rather than pass on staying in contact with recruits during the summer, Charlie Strong and Co. hosted a camp for potential recruits on July 18. Some pretty big names made the trip to Austin.
For years, the Texas Longhorns have declined to hold camps or recruiting events to bridge the time period between the traditional summer camps in early June and the start of fall practiceAll that is changing Friday with the first Under The Lights camp, an important recruiting event for head coach Charlie Strong and his staff at a time when the Horns are looking to establish some recruiting momentum after gaining only one commitment in the last two months since Albuquerque (N.M.) Eldorado quarterback Zach Gentry pledged back in the middle of May.
Texas has a tough schedule this season with UCLA, Oklahoma and Baylor making up an early part of the season’s schedule. Each of these schools has players who could give the Longhorns all the team can handle.
According to CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm, the Longhorns’ schedule is the toughest in the Big 12. Nonconference opponents BYU and UCLA will be no walk in the park, and many of Texas’ conference opponents have returning starters who have a history of producing against the Longhorns.
Fewer outsiders are more dialed in, and connected, with Texas sports than Chip Brown. The local radio host calls Paul Finebaum’s claim Texas offered Nick Saban 100 million dollars to leave Alabama for Texas “is manufactured”.
Horns Digest’s Chip Brown has been railing against that story today, writing a long blog post refuting the notion that Texas would offer anyone such a monumental number.
A new regime means most positions are open for competition. There are several young players who could find themselves on the field if they perform well in summer practices.
The Longhorns did lose several senior starters from last season, but with plenty of veteran depth behind them, it’s unlikely that we’ll see many impact freshmen for Texas this season. There are, however, a couple redshirt freshmen that have a chance to get plenty of reps and some true freshman that, if they do see the field, could turn some heads.