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Board Meeting: April 11, 2012

4/11/2012

Welcome to your daily Board Meeting. Each evening we’ll update you on the day’s hottest topics on the HornsNation forum.

1. Nkemdiche coming to Texas?: It seemed as if the recruiting season was slowing down after the spring game as Texas focused on which defensive backs and remaining targets to pursue, but Robert Nkemdiche might have changed the equation.

The defensive end, who projects to be one of the top players in the 2013 class, spoke with Max Olson and expressed his interest in taking a visit to Texas.

Hopefully, the Longhorns staff is really listening. Someone of his caliber should jump to the head of the line on any recruiting board. Can Texas land his commitment? That might be a taller task since the Georgia native lies in the heart of SEC country and has suitors from all over after him.

That the Longhorns are still in the game is a testament to Stacy Searels and his connections he built during his time at the University of Georgia.

Getting Nkemdiche to campus will go a long way in this recruiting battle because he might not see another setting better than what he would have on the 40 Acres. On top of that, Manny Diaz should easily be able to sell him on how his pass rushing abilities could fit into the Longhorns’ attacking scheme.

What do you think of the Longhorns' chances with Nkemdiche?

2. Let’s talk 2013 basketball recruiting: shilohseals brought up the topic on the heels of Cameron Ridley officially joining the Longhorns.

The 2012 class is almost set, and Texas is just waiting on the letter of intent from DeMarcus Holland, it will be this class that could largely affect 2013 recruiting.

As William Wilkerson and Carter Strickland pointed out, there are not going to be a lot of scholarships available. Furthermore with a young team, recruits might be turned away at a team dominated by freshmen and sophomores.

Rick Barnes will have to make things count more in 2013.

3. So Bobby Petrino is out at Arkansas: Let the rumors start flying. Once word became official that Bobby Petrino would not survive at Arkansas after his made-for-the-SEC soap opera involving a mistress who was engaged to someone else in the athletics department and also got a job from Petrino, a motorcycle accident, and of course, a coverup, the speculation began about who would take over in Fayetteville.

There are two opposite forces at work here. First Arkansas has become a great job. Money is flowing into the program, the Razorbacks have a talented offense with an experienced QB and are poised to be a top 10 team in a somewhat more open SEC West. On the other hand, it is so late in the spring that it might be hard not to go the interim route for now. The Hogs are in the middle of spring practice and any coach that would come would arrive without anytime to install his systems. Also, many candidates that could be interested might not be able to leave at this point of the season.

Even Longhorns defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was mentioned in the rumor mill.

It should be interesting, but when is it not in the SEC?

What do you think?

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