Securing the large football talent base of Texas high schools is Charlie Strong's No. 1 goal, he told the media during Monday's press conference that announced his hiring at the University of Texas.
The first African-American to be hired as head coach for the Longhorns, known as a superb recruiter during his tenures at Notre Dame, South Carolina, Florida and Louisville, said he is "committed to closing the (recruiting) borders on the great state of Texas.
"We want to make (Texas recruits) realize that this is their program. … We will recruit with fire and we will recruit with passion."
Of the 247Sports Top 100 recruits
from the Class of 2014, 14 are from Texas, which is about the norm annually. Texas battles California and Florida for the most top recruits every year.
Where Texas outshines all states is the sheer number of Division I recruits, especially at the 3-star level, which annually climbs into the 100s.
"We're the hotbed of recruiting," Strong said. "This is where all the great high school players come out of. That's because there are great coaches here." Jerrod Heard
the No. 2 dual threat quarterback from Guyer (Denton, Texas)
who has committed to Texas, told MaxPreps reporter Jeff Power: "Recruiting wise (Strong) is good for Texas because of how he changed the culture at Louisville." Sieone Tehuem
, a defensive end from Keller (Texas)
, told Power: "He's a defensive coach and I'm a defensive player. We'll do a lot of damage with that defense."