2017 Texas Longhorns Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Texas Longhorns Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
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Class to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Texas Longhorns Recruiting Class Overview
Thanks, Charlie. Strong and the former coaching staff stocked the shelves with boatloads of young talent, including one of the nation’s top recruiting classes last season to provide the base. Tom Herman didn’t have a whole lot of time to make an impact, but he made a little bit of a mark. This was going to be an okay class no matter what, mainly because of last season’s haul, but he still managed to keep several of Strong’s guys while pulling in a few nice gets late in the process. Nah, it’s nowhere near the 2016 top ten overall class, but again, it didn’t have to be.
The Texas Longhorns Class Is Heavy On …
Interesting skill options. As good as Shane Buechele is, you’ll have to forgive Texas fans if they’re a little worried about what happens if the rising-star passer goes down. That’s where Sam Ehlinger might come in, with the skills to grow into the No. 2 job and potentially become an emergency option. Herman landed a good one in Damion Miller at one receiver spot, and Toneil Carter is a lightning-quick running back who could be thrown into the rotation early.
The Star of the Texas Longhorns Class Is …
LB Gary Johnson, 6-1, 225, Dodge City – Texas needs a thumper for the defense. There’s plenty of talent and experience returning, and Malik Jefferson is a big-time playmaker in the middle of a promising linebacking corps, but Johnson is a presence despite his lack of bulk. He’s got the range, he’s got the hitting ability, and he’s got the upside to lead the team in tackles if he can crack through the starting group.
The Texas Longhorns Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
D’onta Foreman. Of course Chris Warren is a nice back when healthy, and Kyle Porter had his moments, but with Tyrone Swoopes done, and the 2,028 yards and 15 scores of Foreman gone, where’s the power? Where’s the workhorse? Texas gets almost everything else back, but Foreman was the team as last year went on. The new coaching staff will have to spread around the work now.