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Medicore my ass.......
This weekend's Sophomore Day was a very positive development for the Longhorn football program. Very.
It's like this … either Mack Brown is the coach in 2015 or some other guy is, but elite-level programs that exist in college football right now are devouring underclassmen recruiting in a way that either Mack or the new guy was going to be in a whole lot of recruiting trouble if the Longhorns aren't very active. Therefore, if you think there's a new coach in place by that time, then Mack just did that coach the greatest solid that he possibly could.
Actually, the greatest solid that Mack will ever do for the next head coach at Texas was hiring Patrick Suddes because the hiring of a personnel guy focused on underclassmen is nothing but an investment in the future, like putting money away into savings every month.
In less than a month, the Longhorns whipped up a Sophomore Day under the guidance of Suddes' fast driving skills that not only changed the culture of the program and put money into the piggybank, but it also accomplished the four simple assignments that a weekend like this should ask.
1. Invite a large, but specifically invited group of kids made up of the top young players in the state.
2. Show them a hell of a good time that makes them feel like the hours spent driving were worth it.
3. Find the elite-level difference makers that show-up and make sure they know that they are the most coveted items on the planet, complete with offers in hand.
4. Don't overplay your hand by offering prospects just to offer them. Only the elite of the elite get offers.
Check, check, check and checkity check. In all the years I've covered Mack, I'm not sure that I've ever given him perfect scores across the board for a recruiting event such as this because as a sportswriter it's inherently my responsibility to be the snarky complainer in the room that believes he knows better than anyone else. Yet Mack pulled it off this weekend.
1. There might have been 150-200 guests on campus this weekend, comprised of around 75 prospects from all over the state. Not only a heavy contingent of known elite prospects showed up, but they also smartly invited the top under-classmen of programs around the state that they know will produce talent, whether it's fully known talent or now.
2. I haven't talked with a single kid from the weekend that sounded disappointed. Every kid they invited got a chance to see the inner-workings of a major college program, which likely blew the minds of more than a few. They each took photos in a UT jersey with their number in the locker room. They all got a chance to get a full viewing of all the special qualities the school has to offer.
3. The Longhorns offered eight prospects on Saturday and those players rank No. 3, No. 4, No. 7, No. 8, No. 14, No. 15, No. 23 and No. 31 on the debut Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 list.
4. They kept the offers tight and didn't over-extend themselves. There wasn't one single, "WTF" moment all day.
I must have communicated with more than a dozen prospects that didn't receive offers from the Longhorns this weekend and they all mentioned that they had a great time. Not a single prospect seemed disappointed by what happened over the course of the day. For many of these young men, this was the first trip to any college as a football prospect and a lot of them haven't set up any other trips or camps at this point in their lives.
Imagine that … the Longhorns making an impactful first impression. Consider this text from Buda Hays offensive lineman Connor Lanfear (No. 34 on the LSR list) from Saturday night:
"Everything was top of the line. All the equipment, the stadium and the weight room. The coaches are very knowledgeable and know exactly what they're doing. Anyone would be very fortunate to go there. I was very impressed with all the coaching staff! They were very family oriented and friendly."
That's exactly the impression you want to make. You want those kids to feel like they've just stayed at the Wynn or Aria in Vegas and every trip they take from now until they make their decisions is a little like staying at the Best Western off The Strip.
It's aggressive and impactful. The Longhorn football program is better off in the long-term today than it was on Friday, no matter what the state of the program in 2013 might look like from your view in the stadium.
Hell, it's been a while since I could write about something on this site involving the burnt orange that is completely and absolutely positive in nature, which means I only have one question ….
When's Freshman Day?
I appreciate your well thought out post. I agree that the sophomore day is a good idea, but from our perspective Texas used to reel in any player they wanted the day they offered. That's not the case any more and the 2014 junior days and 2015 sophomore day were not as successful as they were in the past. From our perspective Texas has slipped considerably and given A&M a lot of room on the recruiting trail.
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pretty sad when the only thing your program has going for it that fans can get excited about is the "revolutionary" idea of inviting sophomores to visit your campus. OMG OMG OMG Mack is a genius!!!! Suddes was the mastermind behind the success of the entire Bama football program and now he's running the show in Austin!!!!
This post was edited by thaeutychus on 3/25/2013 at 4:24 PM
It doesn't matter how many sophomore days your mediocre program has. The SEC programs haven't come calling yet. And most of those recruits want to play on NATIONAL TV. Your program gets one nationally televised game/year and they get their asses beat by OU.
Poor, poor longhorns. Spin your "I'm afraid of Sumlin so I better offer first" weekend all you morons want but it isn't going to make any difference.
Xterminator, your whole "SEC will win all battles" schtick is pretty comical.
Ole Miss, WVU, TCU, KSU, Oklahoma St, OU, and Baylor were all primetime games on either ESPN, ABC, or FOX. All of those except the Baylor game, were national (split with FSU-Miami).
I don't think these kids are too worried about being on national TV here.
And here's the thing, Chris Warren, Malik Jefferson, Connor Lanfear, Jalen Campbell, Justin Dunning, Cameron Townsend, Aaron Garza, Maea Teuhuma, Kendall Sheffield, Jordan Davis (even though he's committed to FSU), Jatory Sparks-Brown, James Proche, and Zach Rogers have all done interviews with either ESPN or 247 where they all said that they had a great time and that they loved it and that Texas will be a key player in their recruitment. There's more from The Eyes and I'm sure OB, but this should be a good picture of what type of weekend we had.
And as a bonus, getting Koda Martin to come down all day Friday and Saturday morning put us into his top five from seemingly not even being in contact with him.
This post was edited by btown1110 on 3/25/2013 at 5:17 PM
Out at "LSR" . Ketch is the biggest joke on that website. Nice try, horn.
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WRONG WRONG WRONG!
Regional TV games and games on the LHn don't count. Texas doesn't get nationally televised games except the annual ass raping by OU.
You look like a little kid who when he's proven wrong just plugs his ears and yells "I'M RIGHT AND YOU'RE WRONG BECAUSE I SAID SO."
I realize that regional and LHN games don't count (though technically it is national based on the definition that there is no other programming during that time). IF they did then you could add Wyoming, New Mexico, Baylor, Tech, and ISU to that list. We also had KU on FSSW but we played every game, other than KU of course, on a Disney channel or Big FOX.
WVU and OSU were the only games on FOX during their time slot=national coverage
Ole Miss and TCU were the only games on ESPN during their time slot=national coverage
OU and KSU were the only games on ESPN during their time slot=national coverage
Only OU was other than a primetime night game
Using this link for the info above, let's take a look at how many games yall had that were nationally televised.
Look, I'm trying to start a flame war here. It's just delusional to a) think that the Sophomore Day wasn't a resounding success and b) this whole myth that Texas doesn't get on TV is a bunch of crap. Bear in mind that that TV schedule was in a down year so what will it be like when we have a good year and the LHN is picked up by more carriers and/or when ESPN packages the LHN with the SECN (I'm not going to debate this one but it's a pretty likely scenario as ESPN will hold all of the bargaining power with carriers).
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by btown1110 on 3/25/2013 at 6:43 PM
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Oh cool, so that's something else that yall's coaches are disingenuous about.
I'm not sure how it's considered a "regional game" when I was up in Boston and caught Gus Johnson's memorable calling of the last drive for Texas against OSU this past year. I guess "regional" includes the Northeast in addition to Texas. Hmm, how bout that?
Lol at major horn postsing ketchs words as his own and suspecting it will change our outlook.
"no you're wrong, ketch fatass said it was monumental and the best recruiting day mack brown has ever had. It changed our culture (whatever the hell means)".
If you believe that shit he wrote you are a complete fool. The best recruiting weekend he's ever "graded" him at "across the board"? Do you people not remember how you recruited just 2 years ago. Yall are very simple minded to buy that spin.
/shits on self a little
This post was edited by Z71Ag on 3/25/2013 at 7:29 PM
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