In college football, it’s never too early to look ahead, and 2015 brings with it a lot of excitement. In addition to seeing how this young team grows after becoming a year older, 2015 also marks Charlie Strong’s first opportunity to show his recruiting chops, the same recruiting chops that brought Louisville a BCS bowl victory.
After Strong took the reins from Mack Brown a mere four weeks before national signing day, last year’s recruiting class is deserving of an asterisk, meaning this year’s national signing day brings with it unfettered praise or criticism directed at the first-year head coach. Granted, recruiting should be easier at Texas than Louisville, given the team’s marketability and myriad of in-state recruits. However, with Texas A&M’s move to the SEC, and Baylor and TCU’s sudden march up the college football rankings, Strong faces obstacles perhaps never before seen by a Texas football coach.
According to Rivals.com, with no five-star recruits, five four-star recruits, and 11 three-star recruits committed, Texas currently ranks 17th among all schools for 2015 recruiting.
With the defense performing as well as any in the nation, and the offense having a difficult time getting into gear, one will likely be happy to see that all of Texas’ current four-star recruits are on the offensive side of the ball.
Quarterback Zack Gentry, wide receiver John Burt, and running back Kirk Johnson constitute a trifecta of four-star recruits who represent the future of Texas’ offense.
Gentry, a native of Albuquerque, NM, is a 6’6” pro-style QB who ranks 10th at his position and is, thus far, Texas’ prize recruit.
If Gentry is the future quarterback for the Longhorns, protecting a pro-style, pocket passer also appears to be a priority. With five offensive linemen committed in the 2015 class, two of whom being four-star recruits, whoever is taking snaps a few years from now is sure to have plenty of protection.
In more recent news, Breckyn Hager, son of all-American linebacker, and Texas alum, Britt Hager, flipped his commitment from in-state rival Baylor to Texas.
Hager, who plays for Austin’s Westlake High School, is two-star recruit, but his athletic 6’3” frame is sure to find a place in Strong’s defensive schemes.