Signing players early is important
The abundance of unsigned pledges that can flip decisions around in the blink of an eye became apparent for the Texas football recruiting class late in this cycle. Head coach Tom Herman didn’t have a single decommit from this class until the calendar turned to December, but then he lost two key four-star commits in the span of just 10 days.
The significance of locking players down early on during the Early Signing Period is very important to retaining some of the top talent in this 2019 Texas football recruiting class. Some of the most highly touted commits for the Horns in this class are prospects that rival programs would live to flip. That list includes rising prospects like four-star cornerback Kenyatta Watson II and four-star offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd.
Unless there are some underlying circumstances for a particular prospect, most of the 2019 Texas football recruiting class should be signed by the end of the Early Signing Period. It’s always good to have the bulk of the recruiting class on campus early for spring camp, but that is not always realistic.
Of the 21 commits that the 2019 Texas football recruiting class has now, it would be a good sign for at least 12-15 of them to be locked down by the end of the Early Signing Period on Dec. 21. That would ease the minds of the fan base and the coaching staff, and give them the ability to turn to the focus to bringing in a few more commits and get started on the 2020 Texas football recruiting class.