Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Texas Longhorn recruiting class.
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This is the staying power class. After years of okay recruiting classes – but nowhere near the level when Mack Brown was rocking and rolling – Texas got a whopper out of Tom Herman last year. This year’s class is just as good, and even stronger.
Now, Texas becomes one of those programs – like Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia – that keeps on stockpiling talent. Do that annually, and 90% of the battle is already won.
The defensive ends are rolling in. The line wasn’t ignored last year, but this one has more bulk. Jacoby Jones is a JUCO transfer ready to come in and rock right away, and Myron Warren was a strong steal from TCU. However, the defensive tackles were ignored – this has to be a key focus in 2020. But …
The defense got its share of linebackers. David Gbenda was a nice signing, but landing De’Gabriel Floyd out of California was the big deal. Herman is putting together a whopper of a group at the position.
Texas needs more quarterbacks to build around Sam Ehlinger. Getting Cameron Rising was a big deal last year, right up until he transferred to Utah. Casey Thompson was all set to bolt, too, but he’s sticking around after Shane Buechele transferred to TCU. Herman signed Roschon Johnson, but he’s not an elite talent.
The Longhorns could use more running backs, too. Keontay Ingram was the only one who signed on last season, and Derrian Brown is a solid prospect in this year’s class. The offense is okay here, but it needs a few more options to develop.
It doesn’t matter where Bru McCoy plays – Texas got him. USC had him, but the 6-3, 205-pound all-around playmaker signed on to be a big, No. 1 wide receiver – maybe. He could bulk up a bit and find a home on defense, but he’s a matchup nightmare on the offensive side.
Unlike last year when National Signing Day was sort of a big deal for some key late gets, most of the work was done in December. There was little drama and little to go after – McCoy was gravy.
Why does this matter? Remember, the early signing period came before Texas whacked Georgia. Herman and company were able to get the job done without having the showcase moment to pitch. Just wait until next year.
Does this class mean Texas is about to win the Big 12 title and go off to take the College Football Playoff by storm? Not quite yet, but it does make Texas a likely player, with the massive expectations that go along with it. It means Texas has the talent to be back to being Texas again.