Elevating former Texas Longhorns quarterback and assistant Major Applewhite to the head coaching position had an immediate, positive influence for the Houston Cougars on the recruiting trail, as Tyler John Tyler quarterback Bryson Smith announced that he’s shutting down his recruiting process:
With the hiring of Major Applewhite at @UHCougarFB that just shut the door on all schools for @BrysonSmith_17 ...he is locked in! pic.twitter.com/dvhHm1dUEB— JT Lions Football (@JTUFootball) December 9, 2016
The consensus three-star prospect and No. 21 dual-threat quarterback received an offer from new Texas head coach Tom Herman on Tuesday, but the offer was reportedly as a slot receiver instead of quarterback, the position Herman recruited Smith to play at Houston.
Given that the ‘Horns already have a fair amount of depth at wide receiver, missing out on Smith isn’t especially damaging to the 2017 class Herman is assembling. However, it does mean that Texas will have to keep looking for a slot receiver if Herman considers it a big priority, as there aren’t any prospects currently holding offers who are likely to consider the Longhorns at this time.
A bigger concern is that Houston retaining Applewhite could make it more difficult for Herman to bring Cougars recruits with him to Austin, as running back Daniel Young received an offer yesterday and there are several more committed players Herman could offer in the near future.