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Despite Coaching Changes, Tom Herman Not Concerned About Recruiting Trail

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As the recruiting trail heads down the home stretch towards the early signing period, there’s certainly reasons to be concerned in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns just wrapped up a disappointing 7-5 season and fired defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, plus demoted co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck. But Herman doesn’t seem concerned about his prospects to close a strong 2020 class.

“The recruiting trail has been great,” Herman said Thursday during an Alamo Bowl press conference. “Our class is extremely solid. Really it’s a much simpler discussion with recruits than I think people realize. Assistant coaches want to be coordinators, and coordinators want to be head coaches. To think that you’re going to play for the same position coach and/or coordinator for your entire career, that’s pretty rare.”


According to 247Sports, Texas’ current class is still ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 6 in the nation. The headliner remains five-star running back Bijan Robinson, who had a big feature written on him in Bleacher Report this week. Texas also has the No. 2 dual-threat QB in the nation on board in Hudson Card, who is right next door at Lake Travis High School. If the class remains where it is ranked, it would be the program’s third straight top-10 recruiting class.

Now since the coaching changes, Texas has lost two 2020 recruits in four-star defensive end Van Fillinger who decommitted and three-star running back Ty Jordan, who flipped to Utah.

As of today, the Big 12 2020 recruiting rankings look as follows: Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa State, TCU, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas State and Baylor.

You can see the full team rankings here.

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