Sarkisian finishing Texas class Herman began, OU tops Big 12

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Tom Herman started the 2021 Texas recruiting class. Steve Sarkisian is finishing it up, and the new Longhorns coach can still sign a few more players UFA.

Sarkisian inherited a group of 19 signees recruited by Tom Herman before the coaching change in January. Added a group of four more players that included senior transfer linebacker Ray Thornton from LSU. Sarkisian noted he four scholarships left to offer if a player emerges in the transfer portal in the coming months.

”All in all, I think we did a really good job in the 2021 class, leaving us some wiggle room and filling some needs,” said Sarkisian. The former Alabama offensive coordinator who was part of the Crimson Tide’s national championship victory on Jan. 11 after being name the new Texas coach within hours after Herman’s firing.

The Longhorns came up short of having the Big 12’s top recruiting class for the fourth year in a row. They are second behind Oklahoma for the first time since the Sooners last the league’s top class in 2017.

Oklahoma was successful during the early signing period in December, and also added five transfers, three from Tennessee. That left the six-time defending Big 12 champion Sooners in good shape before what used to be the traditional signing date.

”With the guys we brought in (via transfer), it made today pretty easy,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. ”We didn’t send out one NLI (national letter of intent). We pretty much, knew we weren’t going to sign another high school player once the transfer portal shook out the way that it did.”

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