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Texas hires North Carolina State’s Billy Glasscok as Director of Player Personnel

After the hire of Drew Hughes fell through, Steve Sarkisian finally has the leader of his support staff.

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More than a month and a half after Steve Sarkisian was announced as the new Texas Longhorns head coach, Sarkisian now has his Director of Player Personnel by hiring Billy Glasscock away from the North Carolina State Wolfpack, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.

Glasscock confirmed the hire several hours later.

Sarkisian initially targeted South Carolina Director of Player Personnel Drew Hughes to fill the same role on the Forty Acres, but after Tennessee fired Jeremy Pruitt, the connection of Hughes to the Volunteers program and the alleged recruiting violations by Pruitt’s staff in Knoxville ultimately caused the Longhorns to move in a different direction. Hughes recently accepted a role on Urban Meyer’s staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Glasscock started his career as a coach in the junior college ranks, spending time at Arizona Western and Joliet Junior College before serving as a recruiting operations assistant and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Northern Illinois for two years. In 2011, Glasscock followed Jerry Kill from Northern Illinois to Minnesota to serve as the Director of Recruiting Operations. National recruiting analyst Tom Lemming named Glasscock one of five national Director of Recruiting Operations of the Year.

Three years later, Glasscock became the Director of Player Personnel for North Carolina State, overseeing the recruiting staff and directing all recruiting activities.

When Glasscock was first connected to the Texas job earlier in the week, 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong classified Glasscock as one of the best in the business due to his ability to organize, evaluate, and recruit.

At Minnesota, Glasscock helped identify 10 future NFL draft picks who didn’t have any other Power Five offers, including walk-on linebacker Blake Cashman, who went in the fifth round.

But Glasscock also excelled in that third area, too — recruiting, helping to land some of the highest-rated players to sign with Minnesota and North Carolina State.