Players are coming to Austin, Texas, thanks to a 17-year-old Pied Piper named Arch Manning.
Ever since the newest member of America’s first family quarterback announced his plans to sign as part of the 2023 recruiting class in Texas, the dominos have all been falling for the Longhorns.
Future Texans will be loaded, and we’ll quickly find out if coach Steve Sarkissian can apply some lucrative shine to a talented locker room. Gone are the days of saying that Texas doesn’t have enough in its arsenal to compete with the big boys in the Big 12, and yes, the SEC.
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Sark wins in the summer. As a result, the already growing expectations about the fall are steadily increasing.
Bergen (NJ) Catholic four-star linebacker Cedar Mitchell is the latest pledge, announcing Sunday that he has chosen Texas over Georgia, Texas A&M and Miami, adding to his enlistment class that is currently No. 2 in the nation.
Championships weren’t won in July, but the Longhorns should feel energized with the abundance of talent set to arrive here, even if some have the sheer audacity to say Texas is buying players.
Schools have been laying the heavy bread for the best prep talent for over 50 years, the only difference now is that the tables have been turned. Those dollars handed under it became legal transactions for all to see.
Just like Texas A&M, which took some criticism from Alabama coach Nick Saban after having a great recruiting class, Texans can expect to come from all angles. I’d rather just give backers of the program and verify credit to the book for navigating this new way of doing business in the age of NIL.
Collegiate groups and nonprofits—whatever you want to call them—changed the game of recruiting forever, and the people surrounding the program used their huge financial power ingeniously to fortify a program that had not had a regular season with double-digit wins since losing the 2009 National Championship game to Alabama. .
Fifty thousand per man offensive line? Reports said $10 million was pledged to the Clark Field Group, set up by Longhorns supporters to promote the program? These are necessary developments to keep Texas relevant to the national living rooms, especially as the school makes the transition to the SEC.
If the current way of running a business is what it takes to make gains, I would suggest to critics to congratulate rather than hate, dollar signs be damned. Sarkissian still had to go into those homes and persuade moms and dads to take the Texas package at the expense of others.
In a much simpler time, Mac Brown built his software in a more traditional way. The following year, Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams began hiring 1999 award recruits Chris Sims and Corey Reading. One year later, a three-headed monster arrived from Roy Williams, PJ Johnson and Sloane Thomas.
After that, linebacker Derek Johnson and back-to-back Cedric Benson. Then quarterback Vince Young and several others.
It’s a new sight, and we’re about to see if Sarkeesian has the chops to coach the players he’s got his eye on other name programs. He must win as he advances as critics line up to pour salt on his recruiting acumen.
Comedian Kat Williams had a great line when describing how one should deal with these vagabonds.
“The job of hate is hate,” Williams said. “Ladies, if you have 14 women who hate you, you need to figure out how to get to 16 before summer comes.”
You deleted the adult language, but you got the gist.
Football in Texas, if they’re tearing you apart for getting these four- and five-star recruits, you must be doing something right.