Tom Herman weighs in on controversy

Between Texas HS coaches, 7-on-7 Tom Herman doesn’t think it’s fair to assume all 7-on-7 coaches are “shady.” There is an ongoing power struggle in Texas high school football recruiting, but Texas Longhorns coach Tom Herman thinks one side is getting some unfair criticism. The Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) has been vocal in […]

Between Texas HS coaches, 7-on-7

Tom Herman doesn’t think it’s fair to assume all 7-on-7 coaches are “shady.”

There is an ongoing power struggle in Texas high school football recruiting, but Texas Longhorns coach Tom Herman thinks one side is getting some unfair criticism.

The Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) has been vocal in criticizing the influence that 7-on-7 coaches have gained in the recruiting process. Some high school coaches are worried about 7-on-7 coaches and personal trainers acting as “street agents” for recruits and engaging in unethical behaviors. However, Herman told ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. that he thinks it’s unfair to generalize about those coaches.

“There’s good trainers and good 7-on-7 coaches that have provided some of these young men with some really, really good mentorship,” Herman said. “And so … to lump them all into shady character category, I think, is unfair to them as well.”

Under Herman, the Longhorns have recruited plenty of players who have played on prominent 7-on-7 teams in Texas. For instance, 2018 4-star Longhorns receiver signee Brennan Eagles played for Team Texas Elite and FAST Houston. Those teams provide the opportunity for year-round training and conditioning while high school programs are in their offseason. Herman’s point is that the extra coaching and mentorship can be valuable for recruits.

Herman has a good relationship with the state’s high school coaches and the THSCA, even if he doesn’t see the issue the same way as they do. Texas high school coaches are worried about being left out of the recruiting process while these potentially suspicious advisors wield more influence with their players.

For Herman, it’s about getting the best players possible, regardless of who he has to work with to make that happen.

“As long as we’re following the rules, unless we’ve been specifically told that a guy has been sanctioned by the NCAA – which we have a list of – as long as we go about our business in compliance, who we’re dealing with is irrelevant,” Herman said. “Just follow the rules and you’ll be OK.”

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