UT prospects praise pro­gram

Lone Texas na­tive with of­fer at RB says Her­man has fun — but gets job done.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Mike Craven mcraven@states­man.com Re­cruit­ing Cedric Golden Com­men­tary Golden

Run­ning back isn’t the most dire re­cruit­ing need for Texas. The Longhorns signed two Hous­ton-area backs in Fe­bru­ary, in­clud­ing four-star prospect Toneil Carter, who’s al­ready on cam­pus.

They can af­ford to be picky. And UT’s early of­fers seem to back that up: Texas has made of­fers to only four run­ning backs so far — one is from the state, and two are al­ready com­mit­ted some­where else.

That lone Texan — Carthage’s Keaon­tay In­gram, a 5-foot-11, 190pound four-star prospect — par­tic­i­pated at the Open­ing in Dal­las on Sun­day, one week after vis­it­ing UT on ju­nior day. It’s be­com­ing clear that In­gram is the Longhorns’ top pri­or­ity at run­ning back and that he is just as in­ter­ested in the Longhorns.

The two most im­por­tant words of Shaka Smart’s up­com­ing off­sea­son? Never again. Re­sults like th­ese aren’t sup­posed to hap­pen at the Univer­sity of Texas. Just ask his buddy Char­lie Strong, who got run off after three sub-.500 foot­ball sea­sons.

Smart isn’t likely to go down that same road, but he must quickly place this night­mare year in the “aber­ra­tion” file. That will only come with some grown­man bounce-back in 2018. Los­ing sea­sons cre­ate more doubt than hope, and it’s safe to say his hon­ey­moon in Austin ended quite some time ago. An 11-22 sea­son with a 4-14 Big 12 mark can stain the pret­ti­est of wed­ding dresses. So what hap­pens now? Smart gets back to work. He takes a long, hard look at his role in all of

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Texas sopho­more Ker­win Roach, col­lid­ing Thurs­day with West Vir­ginia’s Nathan Adrian in the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the Big 12 tour­ney in Kansas City, missed too many easy shots to count this sea­son, as did team­mate Eric Davis.

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Texas coach Shaka Smart knows there’s much work to be done after the Horns tied a school record with 22 losses.

Carthage’s Keaon­tay In­gram seems to be UT’s top pri­or­ity at RB.

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