Two college football experts with Bleacher Report discuss the Cougars’ successes on the recruiting trail and the H-Town Takeover. Check out the video here!
New Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman and staff are having excellent success on the recruiting trail keeping local stars like Ed Oliver home. Texas A&M fans seem to be getting a bit nervous at the prospect of a much stronger Houston. From A&M fan blog Maroon Report:
In less than a 24 hour span last week, Sumlin’s old stomping grounds gave A&M recruiting the biggest body blow it has received inside state lines in 4 years. New Houston head coach Tom Herman shocked the world with his ability to land 5-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver, a player A&M was heavily recruiting.
Oliver’s decision prompted offensive tackle Dixie Wooten and defensive tackle Jordan Elliott, another Aggie target, to also jump on board. Three Houston area players, two of which were blue chip recruits, all picking a non-power 5 school over offers from the top school’s around the country.
If that weren’t enough, A&M may be losing ground on QB Dillon Sterling-Cole, an Aggie legacy, and WR Tyrie Cleveland, a former Aggie commit. The two players have announced their intentions to play together at the next level, and it seems that they are both impressed with what Tom Herman is putting together at Houston.
Signing day is still several months away, and until then anything can change. But if Oliver and Elliot stick and Sterling-Cole and Cleveland join the #HTownTakeover, Tom Herman will have established himself as a serious threat to A&M’s most fertile recruiting grounds.
And we’re just getting started! With or without a Power 5 conference membership, we’re going to keep taking over the state!
The Houston Cougars have jumped from #39 as we mentioned a few days ago to #29 in the 2016 recruiting rankings by 247Sports.com. Houston is closing in on Texas A&M (#27) and is ahead of Texas Tech (#32) and Texas (#38). It’s still really early but it’s incredible to see how well we’re doing being a Group of 5 school.
The Sporting News today has an excellent article out about Coach Herman and the Houston Cougars. Check it out!
AACFootballFever.com has their post-spring predictions out for how The American will shape up in 2015. The website has bumped the Houston Cougars up to number two in their current rankings! Check it out here.
Ohio State football blog Eleven Warriors has a nice article out about Coach Herman. Big shout-out to all of the fans of the Buckeyes who’ve been showing the Cougars some love!
Houston Cougar beatwriter Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle has an excellent preview of the Houston regional tournament featuring the Cougars, Rice, HBU, and Louisiana Lafayette. Check it out here!
Over at Houston’s Scout page there’s an excellent article previewing the Cougars 2015-16 men’s basketball season. Some interesting nuggets from the article:
“You have a lot of kids that are ‘me, me, I, I’ guys. You have some kids who are meek or mild. You have some that might say the right thing but are very inconsistent with it. So we had all of that to start the season and we had to constantly take our hammer and hit that rock with it every day and though we were losing some games, we felt we were getting better. The losing games didn’t bother me. I’d much rather have a culture established this (past) year than have three or four more wins. At no point did I think we were going to win the conference championship or make the NCAA tournament. That’s not what this year was about. This year was about laying a foundation of which we could build from and that started with our culture, our identity and getting our kids to really buy in, so to me that’s why this was a successful year.”
“We were 13-19 and it was a fantastic voyage with these kids. I got really close with this team because I appreciated where they started and where they ended up and to me that’s what coaching is all about. I’ve had teams that went to the Final 4, the Elite 8, won B12 championships. Those were great accomplishments for those teams but going 13-19, winning four in a row to end the season, everything’s relevant. That was a great accomplishment for this team and it may be more of an accomplishment for this team than for some of those other teams that won 30 games.”
Although it’s incredibly early in the 2016 rankings and a lot will change between now and signing day in February, it’s still awesome to see how high the Cougars have moved up in the overall rankings in the last week. Houston is now #39 overall in the country, ahead of the Texas Longhorns!