Urquidez picks Texas

JP Urquidez at UTL. (Justin Wells/IT)

AUSTIN — UT’s Class of 2016 keeps growing. And another Baylor signee is headed to the state capitol.

Copperas Cove’s JP Urquidez committed to Charlie Strong and the Longhorns today. Urquidez originally signed with Baylor, but requested a release from his LOI after the turmoil in Waco and Art Briles’ departure.

The Inside Scoop – 6/24/16

Patrick Hudson at DKR. (courtesy of Hudson)

This week’s Scoop…where do we begin? Texas is close to adding a handful for the Class of 2016, we give percentages and its outlook. We also look at how and why Baylor released the signees from their LOI, and the role the Big 12 played in it. We add updates on a few 5-star recruits, and a Longhorn pledge who maybe looking around. We finish with hoops tidbits, including a new offer. It’s the must-read Inside Scoop. Dig in.

Strong’s Summer Recap

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — The most important thing you need to know about the current state of Texas football is this: Shane Buechele pestered Charlie Strong at 10:30 pm earlier this month until the head coach opened the indoor practice facility. The precocious freshman wanted an after-hours session with the likes of WR Collin Johnson and no, it couldn’t wait until morning. It underscores the sense of urgency that now permeates the program.

Mondays in the Humidor – 6/21/16

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In this edition of Mondays in the Humidor we have defensive depth charts galore to quell your hunger for honest to goodness football. If you’re into 40 times, lifts, and striated glutes we can’t help you much but we’ll do our level best inside the Humidor.

Thompson; A Star in his Role

Tristan Thompson

What an inspiring story.

You’d hardly believe it if you watched it happen in a movie: the NBA’s best player purposefully goes home to a horrible team; he takes said team to the NBA Finals in his first year, only to lose and then force a rematch in the Finals his second year; he beats the best regular season team in NBA history in an epic game 7 (on the road), and that after being down 3-1.

Inside the Gameplan: Strong gets staffing right

Sterlin Gilbert and Davion Curtis chat during the Spring game. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Probably the single biggest problem for the Charlie Strong era at Texas has been a lack of offensive identity to help guide the development and deployment of the team’s talent in a unified direction. Besides the lack of a strong passing QB to make things easy, a bigger issue has been a lack of staff unity and vision from the top. Without that, both choosing and developing talent as well as leveraging it becomes very difficult.

Sights and Sounds from Satellite Camp

Charlie Strong at Texas Satellite Camp in Addison. (Justin Wells/IT)

Despite the 101 degree heat (with 90% humidity), some of the state’s best from 2018 arrived at the Greenhill School (@motolove High) in Addison ready to work. With the UT staff already zeroed in on who they desire from 2017, it gave them a prime opportunity to start building relationships with the soon-to-be juniors.

The Inside Scoop – 6/17/16

Bobby Brown. (courtesy of Max Preps)

This week’s Scoop profiles the Longhorns satellite camps from this week. Eric was in Houston and Justin hits Dallas. We’ve got names, notes, quote, and who might be offer worthy. Plus, Preston looks at three new hoops offers from Shaka Smart and his staff as they start to build the 2017 class. The Inside Scoop is on the scene.

Recruiting Notebook – 6/16/16

Anthony Cook. (courtesy of Cook)

This week’s Notebook starts in H-town with two emerging talents, an young prospect turning heads, and back to Da Boot for another monster. We also give you the latest on Erick Fowler and Marcel Southall in the Recruiting Notebook.