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Shaka Smart Already Making Impact On Recruiting Trail

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The new Texas head coach is already leaving his mark on the recruiting trail after extending multiple offers in his first 24 hours at the helm.

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It's been less than 24 hours since Shaka Smart agreed to become the next head coach of the Texas Longhorns, but that hasn't prevented the 37-year-old from making an immediate impact on the recruiting front.

Smart kicked off his tenure at Texas with an offer to 2016 four-star shooting guard and ESPN 60 product Bruce Brown of Vermont Academy only hours after the news of Smart's hire broke. And today, before Smart was able to even board the 12:10 scheduled flight to Austin, he had already made his second offer as the Longhorns head coach.

Montgomery-DeLaurier, a consensus three-star power forward prospect was a target of Smart's during his time at VCU and had visited the campus a few months ago. With Smart now in Austin, it wouldn't be surprising to see several of his former prospects begin to include Texas in their list of possible destinations.

As for what this should tell you about Smart...well, there's plenty of reason to believe his early aggression in bringing talent to Texas will be a sign that the days of constantly missing out on elite in-state recruits may have packed up and left with Barnes.