The Tom Herman era is off to an uneven start at Texas. The former Houston head coach and high-profile Ohio State assistant arrived to replace Charlie Strong before the 2017 season and, in the first three game, the Longhorns have turned in what many described as an embarrassing showing against Maryland followed by a (very) encouraging, albeit fruitless, performance against USC. The end result is a 1-2 record in his short tenure but, from a roster standpoint, Texas has lost a few recruits from the Strong era in a hurry.
Now, it appears that Texas is losing yet another four-star prospect, as defensive tackle Chris Daniels has been granted a release from the program immediately. Daniels was a member of Charlie Strong’s class in 2016 and he hailed from Euless Trinity (Tex.) at the high school level.
In some respects, this is not a massive loss, as Daniels redshirted as a freshman in 2016 and has not appeared on the field yet in 2017 in his second full campaign in Austin. Still, it is not ideal from an optics perspective to be losing once-promising recruits and, at the defensive tackle spot, this is the third such defection from the same recruiting class.
Under Herman’s leadership, there is little reason to think Texas won’t be recruiting at a high level. With that said, the bleeding will eventually stop, but it might keep going for a bit.