HOUSTON — It’s hard to believe he’s being 100 percent forthcoming, but Texas coach Charlie Strong says he hasn’t “thought about” pursuing players who are looking to withdraw their signed letter of intents to Baylor.
At last count, eight members of Baylor’s 2016 recruiting class have taken steps to negate their binding agreement with the school over the firing of Art Briles. Among the potential free agents are one-time Texas targets Patrick Hudson (offensive lineman, Silsbee), Parris Cobb (cornerback, Waco La Vega) and Devin Duvernay (receiver, Sachse). Additionally, former Texas commitment Tren’Davian Dickson, who enrolled early at Baylor, is looking for a new scene.
Strong has to be careful what he says so he’s not accused of tampering.
“I have a team now and we have to worry about what we have right now,” Strong said.
Strong was then asked if Texas has scholarships available to acquire additional players.
“I’ve looked at the numbers and we have some numbers,” Strong said. “But I still have to worry about what we have.”
Return trip: Strong will be back in the Houston area next Thursday for his first satellite camp, at Klein High School. The following day he’ll be in Dallas at Greenhill.
Strong will be conducting the camp with his coaching staff. It’s unclear, for now, if any of the campers are Texas recruiting targets.
“You get a chance to go into different cities and you’re able to be off campus,” Strong said.
Short yards: Strong, who had a relationship with Muhammad Ali dating back to when Strong coached at Louisville, expressed sadness over the passing of the boxing champion. “He is so strong and had such a strong conviction about him and he had the courage to stand up and speak for what he really believed in.” … Texas fans will love to hear this: Strong said freshman quarterback Shane Buechele called him at 10:30 p.m. on a Friday asking for access to the indoor practice facility so he could throw the ball around with receiver Collin Johnson. Strong’s nickname for Buechele is “Booch.” … Strong said quarterback Jerrod Heard (shoulder sprain) is “back at 100 percent.”
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