With the way Texas A&M has been recruiting, it only makes sense that Texas is employing one of A&M's tactics.
According to ESPN, The Longhorns have scheduled a primetime recruiting camp on July 18 to showcase itself to top recruits. It's a tactic that's not uncommon; A&M has been doing one since 2012 and Urban Meyer started the trend in 2005 when he was at Florida. But Mack Brown never hosted one at Texas.
Texas is not able to have camps that aren't on campus, meaning that the Longhorns can't take advantage of satellite camps, another trend that's sweeping college football.
While Texas has been used to being the big brother in the state, new Texas coach Charlie Strong hasn't been able to recruit at the level of Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin. According to Rivals, A&M has 18 commitments for the class of 2015, including 10 four-star recruits. Texas has 10 commitments and three four-star recruits which isn't too far ahead of Texas Tech, which has seven commitments and two four-stars.
As of now, Texas A&M's recruiting class is ranked third in the country (behind Alabama in Clemson.) Texas is ranked 29th. Oh, and A&M recently got a commitment from offensive lineman Gregory Little, who is expected to be a top recruit in the class of 2016.
Yes, we know that recruiting rankings aren't everything, but Texas does need to figure out how to blunt A&M's summer momentum. Of course, a good season for the Longhorns and a struggle for Texas A&M could help do that this fall, but the Longhorns don't have time to wait. We'll see if the camp helps Texas catch up to a potential "gadget program."
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