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08:19 AM ET 02.13 | This weekend may have confirmed a shift in the Longhorns' recruiting tactics. Unlike in 2010, when Texas' first junior day secured 13 commitments, Sunday's event produced no nonbinding verbal public pledges. Zip, zero, nada. Surprising? Maybe a little, but not entirely. Distressing? Probably not. The Longhorns, as they demonstrated in 2011 when they picked up just two pledges on signing day along with two the day before, are no longer in a rush to secure as many early commitments as possible. That policy didn't hurt them with the 2012 class, when they parlayed a slower start into the nation's third-ranked group. "I wouldn't be alarmed if I was a Texas fan," said Jeff Howe, a recruiting analyst for Hookem.com."

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February 13, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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yawn

LOL....well of course.... :)

February 13, 2012  08:56 AM ET

picking up juniors matters why? You still have to hang onto them for a year until signing day.

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February 13, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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yawn

Snow/ice in DFW FJJ?

February 13, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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picking up juniors matters why? You still have to hang onto them for a year until signing day.

And you still have to coach them.

February 13, 2012  09:19 AM ET

if you got commitments on junior day, that just gives them another year to change their minds 3 times....

February 13, 2012  09:21 AM ET

Maybe no one is worthy!

February 13, 2012  09:21 AM ET

This stuff cracks me up.

February 13, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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yawn

Yup....this is the slow time on the boards for CFB.

February 13, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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And you still have to coach them.

and keep them out of jail....

February 13, 2012  09:26 AM ET

If I were king I wouldn't allow any contact with them until after their senior year in HS. These kids shouldn't have to deal with this at 18 years old. JMO.

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February 13, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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usually they have 20 commits after Jr day..UT FAN spin: we are being more selective.. more film to evaluateOther fans... That 13-12 record is scaring recruits, taking more visits.. I do expect RSJ and Swoopes to commit this week though..Other recruits didnt show up cuz of excuses

Well, to be fair, which isn't always a 2-way street, but I digress, to be fair, they did talk last year about moving away from taking so many early commitments at their junior day.

February 13, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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usually they have 20 commits after Jr day..UT FAN spin: we are being more selective.. more film to evaluateOther fans... That 13-12 record is scaring recruits, taking more visits.. I do expect RSJ and Swoopes to commit this week though..Other recruits didnt show up cuz of excuses

Well, to be fair, which isn't always a 2-way street, but I digress, to be fair, they did talk last year about moving away from taking so many early commitments at their junior day.

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February 13, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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Well, to be fair, which isn't always a 2-way street, but I digress, to be fair, they did talk last year about moving away from taking so many early commitments at their junior day.

This is what they are doing. Combine that with 2013 class being relatively small in terms of available scholarships they will certainly be more selective. However, that doesn't change the fact that kids have been offered and have, yet, accepted. Word is that a couple (up to 5) recruits have accepted tentatively but what to discuss it with their parents before making it official. We'll see how that pans out.

In past years Mack liked to offer those kids that would die for an offer and accept on the spot, but might be considered reaches. This was for the purpose of catalyzing momentum during the Junior Day weekends. They don't really have that luxury with this class and there is too much quality at need positions in state to mess around wasting scholarships. I think at the end of signing day this year they probably regretted a couple of their accepted offers.

Of course there will be opportunistic haters, aggies in particular, that will use the paradigm shift to spin into fuel for their delusional hope trains which are inevitably destined for a reality derailment.

February 13, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Now that them Aggies are SEC they players in Texas will want to play in the elite league! Gig Em!

February 13, 2012  10:14 AM ET
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Now that them Aggies are SEC they players in Texas will want to play in the elite league! Gig Em!

That's what they think. The affect it had on the 2012 recruits is many bailed out. To be fair it might have more to do with the coaching change, but aggies are never fair or intellectually honest so you won't hear that from them. They ''upgraded their offers''

 
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