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Interesting recruiting article from Jeremy Crabtree/ESPN. Here's the relevant part:
There was a time when Texas coach Mack Brown was considered an innovator in the recruiting game.
When he arrived in Austin, he almost single-handedly spearheaded the early recruitment game that is so en vogue. It was once commonplace for the Longhorns to grab double-digit commitments at their junior day events. Recruiting during December and January was about as exciting as watching YouTube videos on dial-up Internet.
But something changed with the 2013 recruiting class.
Yes, the Longhorns had a very small class, and that hurt their chances of finishing with a top-10 class for the first time since 2006. But the bigger issue was of buzz: high school coaches and top recruits in the Lone Star State couldn't stop talking about the job that Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies were doing.
#AgSwag was in full effect after Johnny Football won the Heisman Trophy and the Aggies whipped the Horns' Red River Rivals, Oklahoma, in the Cotton Bowl. Then there was the bitter pill for Texas fans to swallow after four-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson flipped from Texas to Alabama on national signing day.
Fans on the Forty Acres were begging for Brown to make a change.
And he did.
First, Brown hired Patrick Suddes away from Alabama as his director of player personnel. Suddes learned from the best recruiter in the game, Nick Saban, and is viewed by many insiders as one of the hardest working people in recruiting.
Then this past weekend, Brown launched Texas' inaugural sophomore day, a move that raised some eyebrows with other college coaches but likely will become replicated all over the country after the success that was generated from it.
Several dozen of the top 2015 recruits in the state descended on Austin, and the Longhorns offered eight players scholarships. One of those offers was accepted by Sherman, Texas, offensive lineman Aaron Garza. Garza, who is 6-foot-4 and 307 pounds and considered by many to be one of the state's best linemen, chose the Longhorns over an offer from Baylor.
Yes, it's still a long, long way away from Feb. 4, 2015 -- signing day for this sophomore class -- but it's clear that Brown has figured out that times have changed. To win head-to-head against the red-hot Aggies and build some recruiting momentum in the 2014 and 2015 classes, he changed the game and showed once again that he's a recruiting pioneer.
Texas' youth movement, Bentley Spain's big day and good news for Notre Dame and Ohio State are among the topic discussed in the debut of Four Downs.
This post was edited by Sin Miedo 13 months ago
Did he magically grow 1.5 inches recently? Must be nice.
So all of a sudden Texas' sophomore day was successful? 7 of the 8 fifteen year olds they offered told "The state's flagship University" that they appreciate their consideration. The 8th is an interior Offensive Lineman. Good luck on that one, Mack.
Are you kidding? I could hear that arrow a mile away.
Didn't sherman have a sophmore day? Why is this thought to be so revolutionary now? Lol
Maybe posting's just not your game. I know, let's have a spelling contest.
Says it all
Your logic is boggling my mind
It's just what coaches do when they're getting their asses handed to them in recruiting in a given year.
Sophomore days are not new or novel.
It was a smart move for mack to change though.
You gotta build relationships, and for years he told kids to wait your turn and then get offers.
He can now no longer wait to do that so he changed.
Nothing wrong with that at all.
Their problem for the last several years has been poor evaluations and poor development.
Offering dozens of sophomores certainly isn't going to improve their evals.
I bolded the important part that apparently everyone still ignored...lol.
Caught it Sin...and the reason that this is all hype on mack's part...as mentioned above the sophmore day is not novel...Mack spinning it and using hollywood tactical PR is...It's going to blow up in ol yellartooth's face as these targets fight to get to A&M...
" Manziel is “a good kid, an honest kid. He has his heart in the right place.”
Chancellor, Texas A&M
Throwing darts at a wall. Hope something sticks. Poor longhorns.
Offered eight, got one. That's pretty bad considering usually they don't offer unless they have a guaranteed commitment
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