I skipped ahead to knock out my review of the Longhorn class over at Inside Texas. It’s free so you can read the full breakdown just like all my other classes, it’s just hosted by Inside Texas where I do my Longhorn work.
Something I didn’t fit into that review is that like Matt Campbell or so many other smart and organized head coaches, Tom Herman has really been beefing up the preferred walk-on program at Texas.
It’s a tough deal since walk-ons have to get into the school and be able to pay their own way and getting into Texas can be tricky. However, I think preferred walk-ons probably get some degree of favoritism and Texas has cleverly used the program to bring in the children of past stars or locals from schools like Westlake that don’t lack for funds to pay for college.
For instance this group included Luke Brockermeyer, the son of Longhorn legend and NFL star Blake Brockermeyer. Unlike father, who was a big bruising OL, son Luke is a cat-quick OLB that could end up at any number of positions after he adds weight in strength and conditioning. I’d say there’s a good chance he plays someday and he’s as good a prospect as many in other B12 classes.
The upshot of this is that Texas will inevitably find a starter from their walk-on ranks in the future and their scout teams, practice squads, and depth will all be better. As I noted in my review of the elite 90’s Nebraska teams, a challenge to blue-chip recruiting is getting everyone to buy in and work hard enough to serve as role players when the eval of their talent had them pegged as stars. Well that can be mitigated if you have good, grinding walk-ons that don’t allow guys to fail to max out lest they risk losing their chance to play at all.
This is a particular concern at Texas which recruits players that have REALLY been praised by evals and come to campus often believing that they’ve already arrived at players or else eager to make the most of being a by God Texas Longhorn out on 6th street. Culture matters. A lot.