It's hard to blame Texas Longhorns' head coach Mack Brown for enforcing a "no visit policy" after a rough 2013 recruiting cycle, but one can't help but think that the new rule will hurt the Longhorns more than it helps them.
At least in the case of 4-star running back/fullback and Texas commit Daniel Gresham, the no visit rule could end up causing an issue—especially considering he was just offered by Alabama.
Gresham talked about the 'Bama offer, via Andrew Bone of Rivals.com:
"Honestly, it's a dream come true," he said. "Alabama has always been my childhood favorite. My coach always joked with me that when Alabama offered I was going to start crying. I actually did tear up a little bit.
"I have been telling my mom for a long time that I am going to work hard to get that Alabama offer. She almost started crying when I told her. It's really a blessing that a school of that stature offered me especially with the major backs who have been there and who they have now. They are known for running backs, and that's what they want me to play.
He then discussed Texas, and Browns new no visit policy for Longhorns' commitments, per Bone:
"I haven't had a chance to visit Alabama yet," Gresham said. "The hard thing is Coach Brown doesn't allow you to take visits once you are committed. I can't lie though. It's in the back of my mind. I can tolerate it.
"I can understand where he is coming from. They got screwed over last year. I think everyone who visited elsewhere decommitted. I know my mom really wants me to go on all the visits I can. I am only a junior. My mom knows I love Texas, but she wants me to visit anywhere I can. I am having to tell her I am not allowed."
Bone goes on to report that a visit to Alabama is "not out of the question" for Gresham, and frankly, this should be a cause for concern if you're a Texas fan.
There's no doubting Nick Saban and Alabama's draw on the recruiting trail, so it's easy to see why Gresham would have a positive reaction to their offer. The Crimson Tide are a modern college football dynasty, and that offer is without a doubt a big honor. Even with a stacked depth chart at running back, Alabama could be a great option for Gresham considering how good the Tide are at utilizing multiple running backs, and the fact that he could be an H-back.
It's rather obvious that at the very least, Gresham's mother is hoping that he keeps his options open, and it's also rather obvious that Alabama is a draw for him.
Here's where Brown's policy could potentially backfire on him...
If Gresham were to visit Alabama even without the intent of flipping, Brown would have no choice but to stick to his word and pull the talented back's commitment. That would mean Texas would lose out on a very talented recruit without even letting the process play itself out.
Sure, Gresham could flip to Alabama because of a visit, but he also could decide Texas was the right place for him. By that point it would be too late for Texas (although there are plenty of "loopholes" a coach can jump through to re-offer a recruit without looking like he's going back on his word).
Considering the state of Longhorns football and Brown's undeniable hot seat, Texas doesn't have the privilege of picking and choosing recruits. Times have changed, and now Texas needs every elite recruit it can get in order to revive the program and make a comeback to prominence in college football. That statement is multiplied when assessing the health of Longhorns' recruiting now that Texas A&M is arguably in control of the state.
Gresham's comments should worry Texas, because it seems like he very well could take that chance and go visit Alabama. It's not as if the Crimson Tide program doesn't have anything to offer him.
Furthermore, it's not as if Gresham would be left without options if Texas were to pull his offer. He also possesses offers (247Sports) from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Miami, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Auburn. Also, if he were to become to become uncommitted again, it wouldn't be surprising to see more offers extended his way.
Greshham has the upper-hand in this scenario. In the meantime, Texas, and specifically Brown, has everything to lose.
This should be a worrisome situation if you're a fan of Texas football recruiting.