Texas Football: Longhorns' recruiting back on track

Two big hires have dramatically helped Texas recruiting

6/4/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Since the hiring of football analyst Bob Shipley and first director of player personnel Patrick Suddes in the early spring, Texas' recruiting has been off the charts.Blog Photo - Texas Football: Longhorns' recruiting back on track

Both have helped the Longhorns land six commitments from the class of 2014 (13 overall), boosting their overall ranking to No. 4 in the 247Sports Team Rankings. They currently lead the Big 12 with an average composite rating of 89.4.

"We hired Patrick Suddes as the head recruiter from Alabama from a couple months ago, and it's working out really well for us," coach Mack Brown said during a press conference. "Patrick is hands-on at 33 years old and single.

"A lot of nights I'll get text messages from him about what's happened during the day and what he's read on the internet that kids have said; or maybe it's a birthday of a young man I wouldn't have known about, or something like that. He's also very involved in helping with our coaches clinic already for next year."

Suddes spent the last eight seasons working under Alabama coach Nick Saban and has been said to be single-minded, looking for nothing but perfection at what he does (sound familiar?).

Shipley, father of former Longhorn Jordan and current receiver Jaxon, works in high school relations alongside director of high school relations and player development Ken Rucker, splitting the state of Texas.

"Ken will work primarily with the offense in recruiting, and he will work from that standpoint with our high school clinic and also with our high school camps," Brown said. "Coach Shipley and Ken will basically each take half the state to deal with high school coaches.

"Coach Shipley will take the other half of the state and they will deal with their own friends regardless of where they are. Coach Shipley will also work on the defensive side of the ball with recruiting and he will also work with our clinic and our camp like Ken."

Texas finished No. 17 overall in the 2013 Team Recruiting Rankings.

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