National Signing day is in the books and the Longhorns have a class of 22 players, four already enrolled and on campus. If you follow the “experts” Texas has one of the top five classes in the country. Rivals.com and ESPNU have Texas ranked in their top five classes in the nation. The Longhorns added six skill players headlined by running back Malcolm Brown from Cibolo Steele who is expected to compete for playing time right away. But Brown was quick to note at his signing day ceremony, “I’m not a savior for the University of Texas, but I’m pretty excited to go and try to contribute.”
The Horns also signed running back Joe Bergeron from North Mesquite High School who thinks he can add a different dimension as a bigger than average running back at 6-1 220. Bergeron scored a pair of touchdowns for Team USA in their All Star game against International players at Westlake High School on Wednesday night.
The Horns added another quarterback in David Ash from Belton High School. One would think something has to give considering UT will have four scholarship quarterbacks next fall and none of the four will be seniors.
While the skill guys get most of the attention, ask any coach and they will say it all starts on the offensive and defensive line. UT signed 8 lineman on both sides of the ball, but did suffer that one loss when highly touted OL Christian Westerman switched from Texas to Auburn.
While Brown said that like every other coach in the nation, he is excited about his class. He also joked, what coach will announce that he has a lousy class.” In other words, its not just how good the player is when he arrives on campus, but who good can the coaching staff make them?
If you go 5-7 after a 13-1 season it either means you missed on some players or you didn’t develop them. Brown said that if a player didn’t perform last year and complained about their coaches and then don’t perform in the future with new coaches, you might have to look at the players.
Two of UT’s 22 signees are from central Texas with Moss and Lake Travis OL Taylor Doyle. That’s the same number of recruits Oklahoma had from Stony Point High School. Defensive lineman Jordan Wade and Linebacker P.L. Lindley signed with the Sooners and now look forward to being on the other side of the Red River rivalry.
The hard part about signing day from this perspective is that its so difficult to tell all the stories. There’s JaQuarius Daniels who is becoming the first person in his family to go to college, he signed with Iowa State after just one win in two years at Reagan High School.
There guys that are heading to schools who are going through major transitions. Bastrop quarterback Josiah Monroe is going to UT-San Antonio where they are starting up football next season and will move to Division 1A or FBS in 2012. Westwood lineman Zach Crawford is going to Texas State where they not only are moving up to FBS next season, but have a new head coach in Dennis Franchione.
You have to have so much respect for guys headed to not only play football but serve their country. Trevor Caswell from Stony Point is of to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs while Lake Travis DB Omar Duke-Tinson is going to play for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.
And then there are the parents. Imagine the pride of watching your child sign that letter of intent, not only easy the financial burden on the family, but seeing all the work and practice and missed family time payoff in the form of a paid education.
On the surface signing days is about where the blue chip athletes are going and which powerhouse programs moved helped themselves more than others, but dig a little deeper and the day is about so much more.