The Charlie Strong Era at Texas hasn't produced an ideal beginning.
First the transplant from Louisville was ripped by a major Longhorns booster, Red McCombs. Now, UT is feeling the change elsewhere in its coaching staff and on the recruiting trail.
The Longhorns recently lost defensive line coach Bo Davis, who left Austin to join Steve Sarkisian's staff at USC. And with his departure came the decommitments of several defensive line commits—most recently, 247Sports composite 4-star defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson, as detailed by Damon Sales of ESPN.com.
Upon his decommitment, Henderson tweeted about the departure of Davis.
Why Did Bo Davis Leave Texas 😒— Zay-Coven Henderson (@lobo5540) January 7, 2014
Lealaimatafao, a composite 3-star from San Antonio, also questioned Davis leaving before announcing that he is no longer a Longhorn.
Officially 100% decommitted from Texas.— Trey Lealaimatafao (@TreyL55) January 8, 2014
Did coach Davis really leave Texas? 😐— Trey Lealaimatafao (@TreyL55) January 8, 2014
Davis leaving appears to have been the final straw for the Army All-American, as Oregon has been surging late in his recruiting process. The 247Sports crystal ball projects he'll now head to Eugene.
Garnett—a 3-star from New Orleans—completed the decommitment hat trick, announcing on Twitter that the 'Horns were out of the picture.
Texas is no longer a option 🙅🙅🙅— Courtney Garnett (@ONLYFORAKING) January 8, 2014
Texas still boasts the No. 1 class in the Big 12 Conference and the No. 12 class nationally with 21 commitments remaining for 2014.
The 'Horns will have to replace one key defensive lineman, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, next season. Conveniently, their top commitment at the moment is 4-star defensive end Derick Roberson.
Additionally, they are still in the mix for the No. 2 defensive end in the nation, 5-star Solomon Thomas, who recently expressed excitement about Strong's hiring, per Matt Wixon of The Dallas Morning News.
While the 'Horns are likely hurting after three losses in one night, pulling in Thomas would more than ease the pain.
As Strong continues to settle in at UT, wins on the recruiting trail will help to smooth the waters that have been rough in his first few days.