The 2018 Texas Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Texas Recruiting Class Overview
You know how Tom Herman came up with a wildly disappointing class in his first go-round in Austin? Yeah … this makes up for that.
With one of the nation’s best hauls of talent, Herman owned Texas, loaded up with a massive class of stars, and now this will be seen as the class that changes up everything about the program – if everything goes according to plan.
As if the Longhorns didn’t have enough talented quarterback options, in comes Cameron Rising from California and baller Casey Thompson from up in Oklahoma – they’re going to get their shot.
The receivers coming in are phenomenal – 6-4, 215-pound Brennan Eagles out of Houston is going to be a problem – the offensive linemen are great, but there isn’t a lot to get excited about for the running game.
The linebacking corps is a bit light, but the line has some nice prospects, two kickers are coming in to make up for the loss of both specialists – including P Michael Dickson – and considering the NFL talent lost from last year, it matters that …
The Texas Class Is Heavy On …
The Longhorns were tremendous in the secondary last year, and now more big-time playmakers are on the way.
Corner Anthony Cook was wanted by every good team you can name, and 6-2 fellow Houston native Jalen Green was wanted by plenty of big boys, too. Throw in safety B.J. Foster – a big hitter with great range – and this would be a special class of defensive backs as is. But …
The Star of the Texas Class Is …
S Caden Sterns, 6-1, 190
This is what you want in a safety.
The next-level signing out of San Antonio can work like a corner in coverage, has the elite quickness to be all over the field, and he can pop, too. LSU, Oklahoma and TCU were there, but he’s a Longhorn. And he’ll be a great one.
The Texas Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Yeah, it’s defensive back. But the Longhorns need a decent running back, too, with QB Sam Ehlinger leading the team with just 381 yards and two scores. There are plenty of decent options waiting to show what they can do, but the line has to do the job, too.
There isn’t a sure-thing No. 1 back in this class, but someone has to rise up and take over the ground game at some point. It’ll be an offseason battle every bit as interesting as the quarterback fight.