First impressions of UT's recruiting class

Charlie Strong's first true recruiting class on the 40 acres is ranked 8th and 9th in the nation by two of the major recruiting sites and just outside the top 10 in two more.

With this class, one of the best UT has seen in a while, Coach Strong said, they fulfilled all their needs at every position.

It seems that what got the ball rolling was when the state's number one recruit linebacker Malik Jefferson, who's already enrolled here, decided to come to Texas back in December.

Strong says, "When he jumped on board, it got us jump-started. There were recruits that were kind of sitting on the fence, that when they saw Malik jump on board, then there were some of them that jumped on board."

"Then the ones that were not trying to make a decision on where they wanted to go, then he was able to sell the program. They were able to call him because so many players respected him and they knew exactly who he was," Strong adds.

One of the most talked about and biggest concerns for the Horns was signing a quarterback. That's a concern no more after getting Kai Locksley who switched from Florida State to Texas in the final days.

Strong says, "We kept recruiting him, which you have to do and we just knew we had to get us a quarterback, we had to. Right now you're going into spring ball with only two and we just knew that we needed another quarterback to add some depth. I'm very pleased with him."

18 of the signees are from Texas, but the only home grown one is Westlake linebacker, Breckyn Hager.

Hager says, "It's been a dream of mine, honestly since I could talk. Ever since I knew the meaning of burnt orange and Texas football, I've dreamed of playing football here, following in my dad's footsteps. So it's a great day."

Strong says, "You look at the second year and it has always been a foundation class for you and we have some outstanding players in the way that we closed the way we did. I think about our coaching staff and just how hard and just how much it meant for them and just making sure that we had an outstanding class."

"I think they took it personal because a lot was written about them in the beginning. Some people said they couldn't recruit and they were losing all these guys, but that's why I always say this, ' February, signing day is the first Wednesday in February'. It's good early to get momentum, but you have to sustain it and then have to carry it late," Strong adds.

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