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Pros and cons of Texas' early 2014 commits

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11:15 AM ET 06.23 | Having received seven commitments in less than three weeks, Texas suddenly finds itself in a numbers crunch for its 2014 recruiting class. The Longhorns now have 19 total pledges for next February's national signing day -- tied for the most of any school in the country at this point in the recruiting cycle -- and they still have a lot of baited lines in the water with hopes of catching some pretty big fish. While having 19 seniors-to-be already on board can be considered a good thing, it also leaves very little wiggle room for the next eight months. Since the final days of May, Texas has added seven commitments for the 2014 class -- all of them rated as three-star recruits -- and turned a 13-player class with a lot of flexibility into one that now needs deliberate moves between now and signing day. The Longhorns seem poised to start the 2013 season with 84 players on scholarship. The NCAA allows 85. Only 15 of those 84 are seniors, which means some roster attrition will already be needed before the fall of 2014 to fit the class that's signed in February. And as the 2014 class grows, so will the pinch on scholarship numbers in the 2014 off-season.

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June 23, 2013  11:47 AM ET

7 new 3*s for the rusty cows? WTH? But, that could turn out better than the 4-5*s that laid some huge eggs the last several years.

And, looks like ole Mackie boy needs some roster management tutoring.

June 23, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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7 new 3*s for the rusty cows? WTH? But, that could turn out better than the 4-5*s that laid some huge eggs the last several years.And, looks like ole Mackie boy needs some roster management tutoring.

Those verbals don't count yet. Lots of time to process underperforming players to free up scholarship space.

June 23, 2013  01:22 PM ET

" The Longhorns seem poised to start the 2013 season with 84 players on scholarship. The NCAA allows 85. Only 15 of those 84 are seniors, which means some roster attrition will already be needed before the fall of 2014 to fit the class that's signed in February. And as the 2014 class grows, so will the pinch on scholarship numbers in the 2014 off-season."

This is impossible. The sainted moo cows don't do this to players. Only SEC teams do this...

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June 23, 2013  03:21 PM ET

When I see the word "Cons" in the title, I assumed it was about an SEC team. Nonetheless, the number of player scholarships for the Foghorns will go down due to grades, flip-flops, etc. Not that big of a deal.

June 23, 2013  03:52 PM ET

Seems like MB is planning on joining the SEC soon....

June 23, 2013  03:55 PM ET
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" The Longhorns seem poised to start the 2013 season with 84 players on scholarship. The NCAA allows 85. Only 15 of those 84 are seniors, which means some roster attrition will already be needed before the fall of 2014 to fit the class that's signed in February. And as the 2014 class grows, so will the pinch on scholarship numbers in the 2014 off-season."This is impossible. The sainted moo cows don't do this to players. Only SEC teams do this...

Presactly.

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June 23, 2013  07:06 PM ET
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Mack Brown is doing exactly what Joe Paterno did at Penn State and that is hanging on too long at Texas.. It's a shame these old guys like Mack don't understand when they have become useless and out of touch and hang on and hang on forever. Just fire the old buzzard and get a young guy in there. Texas should be a top 5 program every year no exceptions.

No offense, but that baloney. Brown hasn't been there that long. He gets the talent, but QBs haven't panned out. I'm no fan of UT, but he'll be fine. Even Alabama had bad years under Bear Bryant. To be ready to dump him is the sign of being sucked into the 24-hr news cycle.

June 23, 2013  07:43 PM ET
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Seems like MB is planning on joining the SEC soon....

nice to see that others can see what a sham the sec is. a bunch of farm clubs for the nfl. a disgrace to college football. on another note, maybe filling up with commits early has a down side.

June 23, 2013  08:53 PM ET
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nice to see that others can see what a sham the sec is. a bunch of farm clubs for the nfl. a disgrace to college football. on another note, maybe filling up with commits early has a down side.

He's not good enough for the SEC.

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June 23, 2013  09:44 PM ET
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No offense, but that baloney. Brown hasn't been there that long. He gets the talent, but QBs haven't panned out. I'm no fan of UT, but he'll be fine. Even Alabama had bad years under Bear Bryant. To be ready to dump him is the sign of being sucked into the 24-hr news cycle.

Hasn't been there that long? This is his 15th season. His overall W-L record is good but they have won 2 conference championships in 14 years. I believe Bear did a tad bit better.

Mack will probably continue to win 9-10 games but it looks like Sumlin and A&M are getting more talent.

June 23, 2013  10:24 PM ET
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Mack Brown is embarrassing himself and Texas with his 80 year old behavior and boorish behavior.

All negativity is getting boorish too!

June 23, 2013  11:05 PM ET
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No offense, but that baloney. Brown hasn't been there that long. He gets the talent, but QBs haven't panned out. I'm no fan of UT, but he'll be fine. Even Alabama had bad years under Bear Bryant. To be ready to dump him is the sign of being sucked into the 24-hr news cycle.

I think you've been spending too many nights in Juarez....you are no longer thinking straight.

June 23, 2013  11:38 PM ET
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Mack Brown is embarrassing himself and Texas with his 80 year old behavior and boorish behavior.

i hope he sticks around for a long long time. he and texass are a perfect match.

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June 24, 2013  10:26 AM ET

Lessee, let 'em sign the LOIs, show up to campus, check into their dorm rooms, then hit them with the gray shirts. When they ask for release in order to attend a different school, refuse. Make 'em lose a year of eligibility, practice, playing time, and classes. Hook 'em, good; leave 'em gored. They're just student athletes, and there's enough of those to burn a few every year. It's all about the ratings and the Benjamins.

 
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