Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football and in order to have a team or to be a successful program, you have to recruit the best players you can.
That often means hosting big-time prospects on recruiting visits to show them around campus and around the facilities. Of course, having state of the art facilities are a wonderful thing to have to show off, it doesn’t necessarily translate to on the field success.
There is no better example of that than the two biggest programs in the Lone Star State: Texas and Texas A&M. Over the last decade, nobody has pulled in more money than these two programs yet the results on the field have been mediocre at best. Sure, both schools have had a moment or two but for the most part they have been doormats to the top schools in their respective conferences.
If you aren’t winning on the field, it means your trophy case might be a little on the lighter side. That appeared to be the case when 2023 four-star wide receiver Johntay Cook visited Austin to check out the University of Texas.
There were plenty of Big 12 trophies on the wall, but they weren’t from the football team, but the swimming teams. However, that wasn’t the only big-time football program in the state of Texas where the trophy case left Cook with some questions.
On a recent trip to College Station, Johntay is still wondering, “where are all the football trophies?”
If you are a fan of either of these programs this might be a little painful to hear from an in-state prospect. However, it’s hard to argue with the facts. Over the last 50 years, these two schools have combined for one national title, when Texas won it back in 2005. And to make matters worse, neither team has won a conference title over the last ten years. As much as it may hurt to say it for some people, Johntay is right. Where are all the trophies?