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January 22, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Carter Strickland

Carter Strickland
  (3:58 PM)

OK let's get started and, here is a huge shocker for everyone, Chris from NY has the first question.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Who will Texas Replace in College Football with the Players who went to the 2013 NFL Draft with?

Carter Strickland
  (3:59 PM)

DE they have a lot of options and you might see Shiro get some more playing time. But have JJ come back really helps. At safety i like the idea of moving Diggs over.

Stephen (Seattle, WA)

So its evident Sheldon M has become the best scorer on the team, but honestly the only thing and the biggest thing hurting this team is experience. All there mistakes are stuff that comes with being fresh, Id say a goal would be to win the NIT and look towards next year, your thoughts?

Carter Strickland
  (3:59 PM)

Sheldon played well against OU but is a terrible shooter unless he is really into the game. All he does is stand on the wing and wait for the ball in most games. He is shooting less than 40 percent. He takes plays off and has not become the leader he should be.

Stephen (Seattle, WA)

Can having 2 Cornerbacks in the Superbowl and some in the probowl show these young cats that Texas is still DBU?

Carter Strickland
  (4:00 PM)

Everyone still knows it is DBU. It's just that Bama is winning titles and that is more attractive to young kids and they are also putting guys into the NFL.

Stephen (Seattle, WA)

How well do you think the Seniors do this weekend, been hearing good things from Day 1 practice? Can Goodwin move up in the draft?

Carter Strickland
  (4:01 PM)

Okafor might get into first round. Marquise needs to make money running track. seriously i think he has a better future there.Kenny is a first rounder and is not in Mobile

Stephen (Seattle, WA)

In your honest opinion is this year gonna be the year we make some noise in the Big 12? Is Mack brown going to be right, or wayyy wrong? I see alot of good things pointing to him being right so hopefully they come thru.

Stephen (Houston)

Any update on the Keith Frazier visit from this week? I know the team is losing some close games right now, but this should feed right into the recruiting pitch for Frazier and Randle. "We are young; we are close; we just need a playmaker like you to push us over the hump and make us a contender!" -- Can Texas land one or both of these guys?

Carter Strickland
  (4:03 PM)

League is way down next year so Texas should do fine. But it all comes down to one game - OU.

Carter Strickland
  (4:04 PM)

Well he saw a game in which Texas did what it typically does - fade down the stretch. He has to know after watching that game that he can come in and play a ton of minutes.

ron ( oklahoma)

if tyrone swoopes doesnt pan out at qb what other positions will he try?

Carter Strickland
  (4:05 PM)

Not safety. Word was he was not good there. So wide receiver would have to be the next logical spot.

Stephen (Houston)

It appears highly likely that Texas will land 2 more prospects to play on the line (Billings & Hammad). Is there going to be a surprise skill position player join this class? If so, who do you see as a possibility?

Carter Strickland
  (4:05 PM)

Maybe Kinner at RB. But that is all i see right now.

Stephen (Houston)

How much do you think the offense will change next season with Major calling the plays? More tempo? More passes down the field? Less Joe Bergeron = More Daje?

Carter Strickland
  (4:06 PM)

Exactly. I think Joe goes right to inside the 20 role. Daje gets five touches a game. And the tight ends become more of a threat to catch the ball.

Stephen (Houston)

What do you think about Jake Raulerson starting his time on the 40 Acres at DE? I love everything I've seen and heard from/about him, but I'm just not sure what to make of the DE decision.

Carter Strickland
  (4:06 PM)

Do not think he will see the field as a freshman. But he has a very good motor and should be a good player.

Stephen (Houston)

Any update on RB Kinner? Will he qualify academically? What kind of player is he? How do you think he would be used if Texas offers him? He was the 4A Offensive Player of the Year and only has a couple of low level offers!! It is all due to his academics, right?

Carter Strickland
  (4:07 PM)

Another Daje type player in case Texas needs another Daje type player. They are not going to offer unless they are sure his grades are in order.

Stephen (Houston)

Have you heard anything about whether or not Kabongo is considering a Jr season to help his draft stock? I assume he is gone after the frustrations with the NCAA this season, but just hoping... Either way, Felix looks like a 4 year player, and he has earned valuable experience with Kabongo out. He is going to be good!!

Carter Strickland
  (4:08 PM)

He has to stay to up his stock. He was not a great player to begin with and the scouts are going to need to see some massive improvement from his freshman year

Stephen (Houston)

I'd really like to see Jalen Overstreet get on the field next season. Do you think he will be 2nd string, or have a special package to run?

Carter Strickland
  (4:10 PM)

I think he will see some time. Just not sure how they will work it yet Ash is going to run more with Major so I'm not sure they need Jalen to be a read option guy.

Carter Strickland
  (4:10 PM)

He might see some time but David is going to run more with Major calling plays too.

Bowdeezy (Pendleton)

Now that Desmond Harrison has committed what are our chances of landing Hammad or Tunstil?

Carter Strickland
  (4:11 PM)

Billing and Hammad are the ones to watch

Ben (Wichita Falls)

over/under 4 conference wins for Rick Barnes & Co.?

Carter Strickland
  (4:11 PM)

TCU twice.I will take the over

Jacob (Houston, TX)

When would we be able to expect Jake Oliver or Jacorey Warrick to get some playing time? I thought we'd see more Cayleb Jones this year, but apparently not for the younger guys.

Carter Strickland
  (4:12 PM)

They made a mistake not redshirting Marcus and Kendall. May not make that mistake twice

Joey (Clute)

Do we have a chance to win the Big 12 next year in football?

Carter Strickland
  (4:12 PM)

Beat OU and yes

Jacob (Houston)

Bigger hot seat: Rick Barnes or Mack Brown?

Carter Strickland
  (4:12 PM)

Neither

Derek (Indiana)

Who do you see becoming a big impact player in 2013 that wasn't in 2012?

Carter Strickland
  (4:12 PM)

Good question. Peter Jinkens and Cayleb Jones. Also McFarland at TE.

Jake T (Houston)

Seriously, do you only answer questions from Stephen?

Carter Strickland
  (4:13 PM)

I rarely look at the names but went back and dang he had a lot of stuff this week.

Sam (Washington, DC)

Hey Carter. Love your work. What (and how much) would it take for Texas/DeLoss to lure Brad Stevens from Butler to the 40 Acres? I think Texas should push hard for him. I bet he would love the challenge.

Carter Strickland
  (4:13 PM)

Stevens is unreal. That guy is a great coach. It would take DeLoss caring about hoops, which he does not. It's a football town and that is what makes the money around here.

Jacob (Houston)

I know our basketball team is extremely young, but where are we headed? Have we become a "football school" that has a poor basketball team? What's our future hold?

Carter Strickland
  (4:14 PM)

Decent hoops team next year. Pretty good in two years.

Joey (Clute)

Can Tyrone Swoopes beat out Colt for second string QB?

Carter Strickland
  (4:14 PM)

Colt is not longer playing. If you mean Case, then yes. Case is going to be second string in spring but i expect the young guys to jump him on the depth chart

Jacob T (Austin, TX)

Which football recruit coming in 2013 will play the biggest impact on our team? Will anyone be an immediate starter as a true Freshman?

Carter Strickland
  (4:15 PM)

I just don't see a guy being able to play right away because Texas is so deep at every position. Maybe Harrison on the line but that will be as as backup.

Nick (Austin)

If Ash is the starter the next two years, where does that put Brewer with Swoopes and Heard coming in the next couple of years? Will he likely be the odd man out?

Carter Strickland
  (4:16 PM)

Well Brewer does have some potential. But someone among those other three is going to transfer.

Jacob T. (Houston, TX)

I know that Blake Bell can run the ball, but is he going to tear our defense next year apart with his passing game?

Carter Strickland
  (4:18 PM)

It doesn't matter if Texas cannot score on OU or stop the OU run game.

Derek (Indiana)

Do you think texas will be able to keep A'shawn Robinson?

Carter Strickland
  (4:19 PM)

Max thinks he is going to go elsewhere. At least that was his bold prediction.

Daniel (Pasadena)

How does Texas shape up for 2014 when UCLA comes to visit at Jerry's World?

Carter Strickland
  (4:20 PM)

Seriously we are thinking that far out. Well, Texas will be a team loaded with seniors. They should have one of the most experienced offenses in the country. I would say Texas is a BCS team that year in talent. But they are a BCS team every year in talent.

Jeff (atx)

which position groups need the biggest improvement next year in order to compete for a BCS slot

Carter Strickland
  (4:20 PM)

Safety and linebacker and o line. Really o line and safety would be the two biggest concerns

Sam (Washington, DC)

But I think Stevens could come. He would love the challenge to our culture from football to both. Plus, he knows that there wouldn't be much pressure on him to yield immediate results or fill in big shoes like Coach K's or Roy Williams. He could build something of his own at Texas.

Carter Strickland
  (4:21 PM)

Maybe but he also wants the support of an AD that doesn't think he is second fiddle to football.

Zach (Houston)

With the addition of Harrison and potentially Billings/Hammad, where do you see Texas finishing in the overall ESPN Recruiting Class rankings?

Carter Strickland
  (4:21 PM)

Maybe 10. They are 11 right now.

Jake T (Austin, TX)

Is Stephen from Seattle, WA the only one you're going to answer today?

Carter Strickland
  (4:22 PM)

And Jake from Austin. That's it. No question from anyone else. Gotta show my neighbors in the state some love.

Andy (Frisco, Tx)

Do you see Overstreet taking over after Ash or do you see Swoops or maybe even Heard starting as a true freshman?

Carter Strickland
  (4:22 PM)

No on all counts

Shiloh (Pittsburgh)

Carter, how do you get your hair so purty?

Carter Strickland
  (4:22 PM)

It's a weave

Jacob (Houston)

If you had to pick a quarterback for 7 on 7 who do you take: Colt or Vince?

Carter Strickland
  (4:22 PM)

Colt because you cannot run in seven on seven

Jake T. (Houston, Texas)

Where do you see Brewer and Overstreet on the depth chart? Any chance they'll give Overstreet some wildcat action next year?

Carter Strickland
  (4:22 PM)

Maybe on the wildcat. But I think Brewer is ahead of Jalen.

Riley (TX)

i feel like A&M will hqave a top 3 class next year and texas wont even be in the top 10. is this true or false

Carter Strickland
  (4:23 PM)

True

Joey (Clute)

Seems like Barnes isn't recruiting any big time players. Any reason why?

Carter Strickland
  (4:23 PM)

Because none are interested in him at this time.

Sam (Washington, DC)

Well, replace DeLoss, then!!

Carter Strickland
  (4:23 PM)

Do you need a mailing address so you can send that comment to someone with that power?

Andy (Frisco, Tx)

Then what do you think life will be after Ash?

Carter Strickland
  (4:25 PM)

Good quotes and sunshine.After Ash in 2014 it is hard to say. That might be Swoopes year but Heard is pretty dang good.

Carter Strickland
  (4:25 PM)

Good quotes and sunshine.After Ash in 2014 it is hard to say. That might be Swoopes year but Heard is pretty dang good.

Carter Strickland
  (4:25 PM)

Good quotes and sunshine. And maybe Heard.

Jeremy ((NY))

Who will be the three starters at LB and S on Aug. 31 vs. NMST

Carter Strickland
  (4:25 PM)

Jinkens, Hicks and ThomsponSafety i like Diggs and Adrian

Derek (Indiana)

What changes do you see to the offense with Applewhite being OC now?

Carter Strickland
  (4:26 PM)

More of a spread attack

Frank (Beaumont)

Do you think it's a promising thing to see Mack go out and recruit guys? Sounds like hes doing it more than usual

Carter Strickland
  (4:26 PM)

Yes. He has to because of what Sumlin has done at TAMU.

Peter (Dallas)

Who do you see filling out the 2013 class? I have Hammad, Billings, and a surprise like Dontre Wilson or Sebastian Larue

Carter Strickland
  (4:26 PM)

Don't see the last two but i do see the first two for sure.

Sam (Washington, DC)

How about:Red McCombs RanchSan Antonio, TX USAAm I in the ballpark now?

Carter Strickland
  (4:27 PM)

Yep. It's a San Antonio address.

Andy (Frisco, Tx)

Think Gray will leave after junior year or is it too hard to tell after just his freshman year?

Carter Strickland
  (4:27 PM)

Too hard to tell and RBs are not that much of a premium in NFL anymore unless they are crazy good.

peter (houston)

Any chance we land Alex Collins? We need another great RB!

Carter Strickland
  (4:27 PM)

Don't see it

king (okc)

what other recruits will texas most likely land next?

Carter Strickland
  (4:27 PM)

Billings and Hammad

Tom (San Antonio)

I hate the idea of Texas taking another QB in 2013. We have Ash for 2 more seasons then will have Overstreet, Heard, Brewer, and Swoopes in 2015. Why not save a spot for a loaded 2014 class?

Carter Strickland
  (4:28 PM)

I think they are listening to you now. Doesn't appear they are going to grab one.

Jeff (atx)

will malcolm brown get more carries? was his lack of carries due only to injury or was something else going on?

Carter Strickland
  (4:28 PM)

Yes Joe will get less. MB will get more.

Kris (Alexandria, VA)

Will Texas do anything to address its place kicker issue on National Signing Day?

Carter Strickland
  (4:28 PM)

I don't think so. They still believe Nick can get it done.

Derek (Indiana)

What do you see the recruiting class looking like for 2014?

Carter Strickland
  (4:29 PM)

Much deeper and better with lots of DBs

Jeremy ((NY))

What will Bergeron's role be next year in the offense? Will he transfer? Short Yardage back?

Carter Strickland
  (4:29 PM)

Short yardage and where would he go on the level of Texas? Nowhere

Matt (Austin)

With the addition of Harrison, do the Horns have the best O-line in the Big 12 with this lineup? LT-Harrison LG-Hawkins C-Hopkins RG-Walters RT-Cochran/Estelle

Derek (Indiana)

How many yards do you see Mike Davis getting next year?

Carter Strickland
  (4:31 PM)

785

Q (cut-n-shoot)

Im feeling more confident about this class... How do you feel about our success with the Hogs up front?

Carter Strickland
  (4:32 PM)

Go back and look at yardage gained running the ball against OU, TCU, WVU and Oregon State and see how thrilled you are about the offensive line then.

Jacob (Houston)

Is Rick Barnes on the hot seat? I think he should be close to gone right now. 0-5 in conference? 8-10 overall? At Texas? Not to mention only getting to the second round of the NCAA tournament when he had the second best player in the NBA on his team (Kevin Durant).

Carter Strickland
  (4:32 PM)

No. He has been incredibly steady for 14 years and can have one off year while he builds a team.

Charles (Beaumont)

How come Ke'aun Kinner does not have an offer? Is there any chance Texas grabs him? I Think he is a major sleeper!!!!

Carter Strickland
  (4:32 PM)

Grades are an issue

Jacob (Houston)

What are the chances that A'Shawn Robinson decommits?

Carter Strickland
  (4:32 PM)

70 percent he stays

Jordan (Denison, Tx)

How did that official visit go this weekend for that running back from Ole miss? Plus which 2014 DB's do you think Texas will land?

Carter Strickland
  (4:33 PM)

I think he is out of the picture and he is going to Tennessee this week. They need him ore than Texas.

Zach (Houston)

If Ash struggles early which results in an early loss to an improved Ole Miss team, do you see the Horns rolling the dice with Overstreet?

Carter Strickland
  (4:33 PM)

Nope. Brewer. But i think Major will stick with Ash longer than Harsin did.

Megatron (MD)

Will Texas secondary improve or take another step back next season? Have you ever talked with Sanders about whether he would like to become a DB again? He burnt his redshirt on a couple of meaningless catches, it's obvious he would be one of the most talented DBs in UT. Why not?

Carter Strickland
  (4:34 PM)

They did a terrible job with Sanders and Johnson. Hard to move him now. He could be a vital player next year for the WRs.

Dave (Sugar Land, TX)

Does Texas go back to its days of 3 to 4 wrs on the field? What role if any will Overstreet play next season?

Carter Strickland
  (4:34 PM)

I think more tight end and some more spread sets yes.

Chris (San Antonio )

What are the likes of Tristan Thompson, and Jordan Hamilton doing nowadays? Good moves for them to leave so early?

Carter Strickland
  (4:34 PM)

Made more money than they would have had they stayed so yes.

Alex (NY)

If Texas does not end up taking a RB for the class of '13, does that improve their chances with 2014 RB's like Samaje Perine or even Fournette?

Carter Strickland
  (4:35 PM)

Definitely. Too crowded in the backfield right now.

Eddie (San Antonio)

Which 2014 DBs do you think Texas gets, if any?

Carter Strickland
  (4:35 PM)

Well not sure who they get but it is a huge DB year. They are working on Watkins, Paris, Freeman and Brown pretty hard.

Jared (Chicago)

What do you think our DB depth chart looks like to start the 2013 season? I really wish we'd get another safety in this recruiting class.

Carter Strickland
  (4:36 PM)

Diggs and Phillips at safety.Duke and Carrington at corner

Rolly (Los Angeles, ca)

What up Carter! Do you think Texas lands another running back for 2013? Also, who is the next commitment? Thanks!

Derek (Indiana)

How big will the 2014 class be, roughly?

Carter Strickland
  (4:37 PM)

Hammad next commit.No on the RB

Carter Strickland
  (4:37 PM)

I think they can go with 23 or 25

Scott (Austin)

Is it annoying being asked the same question multiple times in the same chat?

Carter Strickland
  (4:37 PM)

Very. But i have children so i understand

Jeremy (NY)

If Diggs moves to S than who will be the other corner besides Byndom.

Carter Strickland
  (4:37 PM)

Duke

Stephen (Stephenville)

Do you feel Sumlin and A&M can keep the momentum going? Your guess, how many Top 10 finishes will they have in the next 5 seasons? Top 5 finishes?

Carter Strickland
  (4:38 PM)

I have no idea about top 5 finishes but Sumlin is a very good coach

Sam (Washington, DC)

What happened to the days of Roy Williams, BJ Johnson, Sloan Thomas?? Mike Davis and Shipley are great but why can't Texas get and develop any big ticket WRs??

Carter Strickland
  (4:38 PM)

It takes a quarterback too. Davis was huge in November by the way.

Shiloh (Pittsburgh)

One recruit that we have not heard about that texas could snatch up in the coming weeks?

Carter Strickland
  (4:38 PM)

Don't see any shockers this year.

Alex (NY)

With which out-of-state 2014 prospects does Texas has the best chances of landing (Nathan Starks, Raekwon McMillan, Orlando Brown Jr., Speedy Noil, and Cameron Robinson come to mind)?

Carter Strickland
  (4:39 PM)

Brown would be the one Texas should try and get. He is huge. But Texas has very good in state talent next year at the positions they need.

Jose A. Calderón (Spain)

Any update in recruiting after Desmond Harrison commit yesterday? Hammad or Billings are closer. Will commit any Wr or LB?

Carter Strickland
  (4:40 PM)

Hammad and Billings are pretty close. And no on WR and LB

Chris (San Antinio)

Say Texas lands Hammad, what will the offensive line depth chart look like in '13?

Carter Strickland
  (4:40 PM)

Same five starters with Harrison and Flowers pushing for playing time. Also like Riser and Hughes

Chris (San Antinio)

Barring some unbeaten streak near the end of the season, is this b-ball team out of the NCAA tourney?

Carter Strickland
  (4:40 PM)

yes

Dave (Sugar Land, TX)

Does Texas go back to its days of 3 to 4 wrs on the field? What role if any will Overstreet play next season?

Carter Strickland
  (4:40 PM)

Answered already

Stephen (Houston)

Why didn't Texas offer WR Cavil sooner? It seems he would have committed had Texas not waited so long! Also, why did Texas wait to offer WR Robbie Rhodes? Not sure he would have committed but waiting really hurt the chances. Had the coaches really not seen enough to validate an offer earlier in the process?

Carter Strickland
  (4:41 PM)

Lots of behind the curtain stuff there with family etc. Very confusing situation

Jose A. Calderón (Spain)

Hello Carter! We have two big holes, MLB and a safety. LB corp was terrible last year and there isn't a good replacement for Vaccaro. Could any prospect or other player be a good solution for them?

Carter Strickland
  (4:43 PM)

No. I think Jinkens will play a big role. Like what Thompson did at LB late too. Hicks will also help. And i really like Diggs at safety

Jared (Chicago)

Do you think the commitment of Harrison (and hopefully Hammad) scares away any current lineman that haven't cracked the starting lineup yet? Of all the newcomers on the OL, who do you think can make an immediate impact?

Carter Strickland
  (4:43 PM)

No. I think Jinkens will play a big role. Like what Thompson did at LB late too. Hicks will also help. And i really like Diggs at safety

Carter Strickland
  (4:43 PM)

No. Riser and Hughes are two i like. Flowers is disappointing.

Chris A (Austin)

How do you see UT's chances with Ed Paris? Will UT offer Simmons?

Carter Strickland
  (4:43 PM)

I like their chances

Pachall4Prez (fort worth)

you seem to think that OU is the only hump to cross for UT next year in terms of winning the big 12..don't you think you should give some credit to the frogs? especially considering we beat UT at home this year with a depleted roster

Carter Strickland
  (4:43 PM)

BYU on the road and OU. Two biggest games of the year

Derek (Indiana)

What will the punishment for Case and Jordan look like?

Carter Strickland
  (4:44 PM)

Handled internally so some extra workouts stair drills, etc

Sam (Washington, DC)

True or false: J Gray can leave Lache Seastruck in his dust. He benefitted from Nick Florence's play and Baylor vet O-line.

Carter Strickland
  (4:44 PM)

I like Seastrunk but i like Gray a tad more.

Carter Strickland
  (4:45 PM)

Thanks for all the great questions today guys and gals