Texas came into to signing day with a small class, but a lot of hope. With just 16 commits, they sat at 25th in the 247Sports team rankings. However, the general consensus was that Texas was primed for an enormous signing day. Phidarian Mathis, Stephan Zabie, K’Lavon Chaisson, Chevin Calloway, and Jordan Pouncey were all on the Longhorn’s board, and Texas was the favorite to land most, if not all, of them.
Many thought Texas was in position for a clean sweep, but as signing day wraps up, it is apparent just how disastrous this day turned out to be for Texas. Even though the Longhorns did land Jordan Pouncey over Tennessee, Miami, and Ole Miss, the rest of the day didn’t fare so well as the Longhorn class has fallen three spots to 28th.
Here’s who they missed on:
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— GC PHIL🙏🏾💪🏾 (@phildarianmathi) January 31, 2017
Mathis picked on Tuesday, but it was close enough to signing day to be counted as a signing day miss. The massive defensive tackle was down to LSU, Alabama, TCU, and Texas. He, as we now know, chose Alabama. This was the least surprising loss for Texas, but it was still a miss that required a very late offer to Jamari Chisholm, a 3-star JUCO defensive tackle. Texas is happy with Chisholm, but they certainly would’ve really liked to land Mathis.
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— WAVY Zab (@StephanZabie79) February 1, 2017
Zabie is a much bigger loss for Texas. He’s not a bigger loss because he’s a better player than Mathis, but rather, because Texas has no backup plan for him. Herman went all in on Zabie, and they missed, as he picked UCLA over the home state Longhorns. Texas desperately wanted the 6’5, 290 offensive tackle, but the draw of UCLA was too much for Texas to beat, in what could be considered their biggest loss so this signing day.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) February 1, 2017
Chaisson was the most talented player remaining on the Texas board. He’s a speedy, long edge rusher, and would’ve likely seen the field for a significant amount of snaps in his freshman year. This was a recruitment that almost everyone expected to end with a commitment to Texas, up until yesterday. The rumors shifted almost entirely from Texas to LSU yesterday evening, and the Longhorn’s greatest fears were confirmed when Chaisson picked LSU over Texas and Florida.
— Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) February 1, 2017
Pulling guys out of SEC country is one of the most challenging thing to do in recruiting. Tom Herman learned that once again today, as Chevin Calloway chose the home state Arkansas Razorbacks over Texas, and added one more miss to the Texas big board. He was the biggest “long shot” of these five players, but Calloway was a guy that many thought Texas had done enough to pluck out of Arkansas. It became apparent this morning that Calloway would be selecting Arkansas, but it’s still disappointing for Tom Herman and his staff to miss out on another chance at signing day fireworks.
To add insult to injury, all of these signing day misses means that Texas didn’t land a top 19 players from the state of Texas in this class. This is not the start Tom Herman was looking for in Austin. Obviously, he didn’t have much time to build a class, but another less-than-great recruiting class in 2018 could cause some concern, though I really don’t expect that.