The Texas Longhorns had a very strong weekend on the recruiting trail and, as it stands, there's plenty to look forward to in regards to both the 2014 and 2015 class.
For Mack Brown and his staff, success came in the form of four very big commitments (Jeff Howe, 247Sports), two of them to the 2014 class. Trey Lealaimatafao, a 2014 3-star defensive tackle, and 4-star center Terrell Cuney both committed to Texas, as did 2015 defensive tackle Bryce English and cornerback Jalen Campbell.
This is the type of recruiting weekend that coaches dream of, and frankly this is the type of recruiting weekend that the Longhorns desperately needed. It's hard to deny the fact that Texas has taken a hit both on the field and in recruiting, especially with the recent rise of Texas A&M, so any positive momentum Texas can find is huge.
One could argue that momentum and hype are two of the biggest factors on the recruiting trail, and while the hype surrounding Texas may have certainly died down, momentum is starting to trend in the right direction.
If Texas comes away with strong 2014 and 2015 classes, we should be able to look at this orange-white game weekend as one of the reasons why.
Let's break it down:
The 2015 signing day is still a long while away, so let's focus on the 2014 recruits. With the addition of Laelaimatafao and Cuney, Texas's 2014 class now features a very impressive 10 recruits.
Experiencing this kind of early cycle recruiting success is a good sign for Texas, but it's also extremely important to note that all 10 of the Longhorns' commitments are from the state of Texas. In-state recruiting is crucial, especially in such a talent-laden state as Texas, so that's something Brown and his staff can hang their proverbial hats on so far.
Cuney, in particular, has the potential to be a star recruit. He's ranked as the No. 8 center in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and he checks in at a very impressive 6'3.5'', 258 pounds. He also runs a 4.89 40 (247Sports), which is great for a player of his size.
Laelaimatafao also has good size and quickness. He's 6'1'', 297 pounds and runs a 5.01 40, according to 247Sports. He's a very explosive defensive lineman who will get a great jump off the line of scrimmage. He uses his hands well to disengage blockers and he appears to have good fundamentals. Laelaimatafao could end up being a very productive player for the Longhorns.
McMillon is from Abilene, Texas, so he represents yet another in-state recruiting win for the Longhorns. He committed on Monday after Texas' big recruiting weekend, thus going to show you how important momentum really is. He's Texas' fifth commitment in three days.
Next are the 2015 recruits. While their respective commitments could change many times during the next two years, they've obviously seen enough from the Longhorns to make an early pledge.
These are players with potential, and it's going to be interesting to see how they develop over the next two seasons.
Defensive tackle Bryce English is 5'11'', 295 pounds, so he has good size, though it would be nice to see him get a bit taller. Jalen Campbell has adequate size for a 2015 cornerback at 5'9.5'', 166 pounds, but he only runs a 4.94 40 according to 247Sports. He'll need to work on his speed over the next two seasons, and it wouldn't hurt to bulk up just a bit.
Like I said, both players have seen enough in Texas to make a commitment, though, and Texas has apparently seen enough potential in both of them as well. Texas' 2015 class now features three commitments, so the Longhorns are off to a great start in that class as well.
On a side note, it's going to be very interesting to see how these 2015 recruits react to Texas' new no-visit policy. It's going to be hard enough for some 2014 commitments to refrain from checking out other programs, let alone these recruits with two years left before they have to make their decisions. Not only will this test Brown's resolve, but it will certainly make things interesting for these commitments.
Overall, this was a monumental weekend for Texas recruiting. Credit the spring game for some of it, but there's also no doubting the fact that the Longhorns are starting to pick up some steam on the recruiting trail.
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