Texas coach Charlie Strong knew this was a big recruiting weekend. Saturday’s 33-16 win over 23rd-ranked West Virginia started paying dividends almost immediately.
Late Saturday, Navarro College offensive tackle Tristan Nickelson announced on his Twitter feed that he was switching his commitment to Texas from Iowa State. Nickelson is listed at 6 feet, 8.5 inches tall and 319 pounds, according to 247sports.com. He will have three years of eligibility remaining when he transfers this December.
Nickelson originally committed to Iowa State last Monday. It appears the League City native was just waiting for an offer from Texas. Nickelson was at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday for the West Virginia game, according to 247sports.com.
After the game, Strong said recruits got a chance to see that Texas offers “a great game day experience.” There was an announced crowd of 95,714 at the stadium.
“This is a great place,” Strong said, “so when you bring in recruits and you have a chance to go win at home like we did, it just makes it even better.”
Just how much emphasis was placed on recruiting this weekend? Texas officials walked several recruits out onto the field about 2-1/2 hours before kickoff when the team arrived. The recruits were standing at midfield when the players walked into the stadium on the north end, so they got to briefly mix and mingle with the players and coaches. Some of the recruits immediately tweeted out photos of themselves with Strong.