Texas has never recruited such young prospects so early in the process. And while I have never been one to like the sophomore offers, there are a small number of players in that age group who merit the offers and can truly be projected.
Those young men require strong high school coaching, strong families and a great relationship with the Texas staff. All parties have to ensure the players stay engaged in football after seemingly already accomplishing one of their biggest life goals while not being able to capitalize on it for a couple of years.
The reality of recruiting is that other schools are giving out early offers, and Texas needed to follow suit in order to make sure it didn't become an afterthought to the players in their own backyard.
Fourth down: What about Duke?
Duke Thomas made one play during the spring game which proved to me that he needs to be on offense in the fall. He caught a ball on an in-route in traffic and made a move after the catch. Even though he only got a yard or two, we all saw what was possible.
Maybe I’m cheating because Sheroid Evans looked so good at cornerback that he would assuage the anguish of Thomas vacating a spot on the defense.
Texas needs more playmakers and numbers as much as anything. Texas needs to have seven wide receivers it can play and trust to start the year, with a few more developing over the course of the year. Thomas could be one of those and could end up being a pleasant surprise.
He reminded me of former Longhorn Ramonce Taylor. That is not a bad comparison.