- By Cody Daniel Diehards
At this point a year ago, Texas owned its worst-ranked recruiting haul since services began tracking prospects in 1999.
Fast forward to the immediate aftermath of National Signing Day 2018 and the Longhorns boast one of the most impressive classes in the entire nation.
When it was all said and done, Tom Herman’s first full recruiting class at Texas finished at what Rivals ranks as the fourth-best class in the country, trailing only Georgia, Ohio State and USC. After finishing with the nation’s No. 31 class in 2017, the Longhorns 27-spot improvement marks the second-biggest improvement of any program in the country, as detailed by Rivals analyst, Mike Farrell.
“Plenty was expected out of Tom Herman’s first full season to recruit in Austin, and he responded by jumping an impressive 27 spots all the way to No. 4,” Farrell said. “Five-star Caden Sterns highlights the class, but overall it is very deep and talented with an impressive 17 four-stars, including 12 from the Lone Star State. Keeping four-star Keondre Coburn committed while adding four-star Joseph Ossai on Wednesday was also a nice way to end the class for the Longhorns.”
“An amazing class for Herman and his staff hitting a home run at many key positions,” Farrell added. “The defensive back class is arguably the best in the country, they killed it along the defensive line, landed two talented quarterbacks and also had a great haul at wide receiver. This shows how Texas can recruit with the right guy in charge.”
Collectively, Texas added 27 talents to its 2018 class, including as many 4-star recruits as its entire 17-man 2017 class.
Not surprisingly, Texas’ class took significant steps forward from its previous ranking, but when 10 more high-level talents are included, the Longhorns boast one of the most impressive recruiting improvements in college football.
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