Tom Herman has yet to take the field as the coach of the Longhorns, but he’s already winning big on the recruiting trail. Texas’ recently flipped LSU commit Caden Sterns, but the upward momentum for the 2018 class started with a couple of big recruiting battles over Oklahoma.
First, the Longhorns stole a commit right out of the Sooner’s back yard in 4-star quarterback Casey Thompson. However, while OU fans were disappointed to miss on a local talent, Thompson’s decision was understandable since 4-Star pro-style Cameron Rising out of Newbury Park, CA, had already committed to the Sooners. Most Oklahoma fans agreed that it didn’t make a lot of sense for a Thompson and Rising to end up on the same roster. So, when Rising flipped his commitment from Oklahoma to Texas, it was a gut punch to Oklahoma, coach Bob Stoops, his staff, and the fans.
Since, the Longhorn’s recruiting staff has been on fire. They have secured seven commits in a little over a month, five of which are four star talents. Meanwhile, after building early momentum with three commitments in March, the Sooner’s class has stalled a bit. And, those in crimson and cream are rattled.
A few Oklahoma coaches have taken to Twitter in an effort to warn recruits about who to trust, and while they don’t specifically call out coach Herman, there is little doubt over where their shots are aimed.
— Cale Gundy (@OU_CoachGundy) May 9, 2017
— Cale Gundy (@OU_CoachGundy) May 10, 2017
Young ones beware "real recognize real" lots of false prophets lurking 🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥 pic.twitter.com/8iyy5rvHTE
— Kerry Cooks (@CoachKerryCooks) May 9, 2017
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) May 9, 2017
Shots fired. However, for you Longhorn fans getting ready to mash out a witty retort in Texas’ defense, there is no need. Coach Herman’s wife already has it covered, and her response is perfect.
— Michelle Herman (@belletjh) May 10, 2017
Coach Herman has gotten some early wins against coach Stoops, dating back to Houston’s win over Oklahoma last season. However, I wouldn’t expect coach Stoops to lose too much sleep over it, because the only win that matters now won’t be decided until October. And, October can’t get here soon enough!