The Texas Longhorns hosted the nation’s consensus No. 3 prospect Marvin Wilson for the game against the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday as head coach Charlie Strong took the first step towards saving his job.
And whether Strong is able to do so is crucial towards the continued recruitment of Wilson by the Texas — he told 247Sports last week that he would eliminate the ‘Horns if Strong is terminated at the end of the season.
“Oh no, not even,” Wilson said.
Unsurprisingly, then, the 6’4, 329-pounder had positive things to say about the coaching staff after his second trip to Austin in as many months. Wilson, who visited with his mother, called the trip “amazing” overall.
In addition to receiving five-star treatment from the coaching staff, fans also did their best to make sure that Wilson felt at home in Austin:
Some Texas fans were chanting Marvin Wilson's name as the five-star DT walked to the locker room pic.twitter.com/XyPG3W5SJH— Max Olson (@max_olson) October 16, 2016
Wilson also spent some time with several Texas baseball commits on his visit:
Marvin Wilson is flanked by UT baseball commits Bennett Inoff (left) and Turner Gauntt (right). #GoKnights #AsOne pic.twitter.com/9mGyU8iI1Q— EHS Sports (@EHSSports) October 17, 2016
Wilson has also taken two visits to Texas A&M this fall, along with an official visit to Oklahoma in September of the high-profile game against Ohio State. The Buckeyes are also host to the state’s No. 1 prospect in late November as other schools like Alabama, Florida State, and LSU vie for his remaining official visits.
Texas currently has a substantial lead over the other contenders in Wilson’s 247Sports Crystal Ball projections, but landing the elite defensive tackle on National Signing Day will require the continued presence of Strong as the head coach.
So as willing as some fans may be to see a coaching change, it’s important to understand the potential impact firing Strong would have on the recruiting class — it’s not likely a positive one.