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Longhorns Signing Day: Under "Stated"

Updated: Thursday, February 6 2014, 01:23 AM CST

If Charlie Strong is going to be successful at Texas, he needs to win in Texas.

"We will always be the flagship university of this state," Strong claimed Wednesday. "It's hard to try to keep guys in, but you have to go recruit them."

According to 247 Sports, a site that partners with CBS Sports, the top eight recruits in the Lone Star state for 2014 all chose to play college ball somewhere other than UT.

"You can't be afraid to go battle those Southeastern Conference teams, whomever they may be," Strong admitted.

The state's top recruits chose to sign with schools like Texas A&M, Alabama, Baylor, LSU and Stanford: programs that all won more games than Texas last season. The players that did sign with UT Wednesday say the winning ways will return.

"We don't have time for rebuilding," said Marble Falls wide receiver Garrett Gray. "It's time to get up and go. We're definitely not going to win any less than 10 games."

"I feel like he [Charlie Strong] Is going to do a lot of big things," said Jasper offensive lineman Terrell Cuney. "I think he's going to turn the program around so we can get back to winning those championships."

13 of the 23 members of the Longhorns signing class play offense. But really, this haul was all about playing defense. Charlie Strong was adamant about protecting the class and keeping ut's commitments despite the coaching changes.

And for the most part, he did. But Texas was hit with a rash of decommitments following Mack Brown's departure. Even some of the guys who did sign with the Longhorns wavered before doing so.

"There was a moment when I second-guessed myself, not knowing who the coach was going to be," admitted Arlington Bowie safety Edwin Freeman who signed with Texas. "I looked at my other options."

Texas is a big state, so when its eyes are upon you, you feel it. No matter how strong you are.

"We know that we can do a lot better and we will do a lot better recruiting knowing that we have control over the state and get our work done," Strong added.

by Adam Winkler
Longhorns Signing Day: Under "Stated"


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