Newly appointed University of Texas head coach Tom Herman during a Class 6A, Division I state quarterfinal at Reeves Athletic Complex, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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LOOK: Tom Herman speaks to Texas High School Coaches Association

Posted December 7th, 2016


Tom Herman has appealed to Texas high school coaches throughout his first week-and-a-half on the job. On Wednesday, the Longhorns coach went straight to the source.

He addressed the Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors at their meeting, re-emphasizing what he said in his introductory press conference on the 40 Acres.

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Herman has recruited the state for almost two decades during stops at Texas Lutheran, Sam Houston State, Texas State, Rice and Houston, and even when he was the offensive coordinator at Ohio State. He’s built relationships, and now hopes to use those at Texas.

“He has a real understanding that the high school coaches are important, and I think he really reaches out to them to make them feel like they’re important,” said D.W. Rutledge, the executive director of the THSCA, upon hearing Herman’s remarks during his introduction. “Everybody that I’ve talked to that’s visited the University of Houston had nothing but good things to say.”

Herman has certainly been making the rounds over the past two weeks. Besides his most visible appearance at last week’s Lake Travis-Westlake playoff game, here is a sampling of tweets posted by recruits and coaches after receiving visits from Herman and/or his staff.

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