An Open Letter to Nick Harvey: A Fan's Plea to Pick Texas

Jonathan WooCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2014

Texas cheerleaders lead fans as the Longhorns face Wyoming in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Laramie, Wyo., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Dear Mr. Harvey,


It is with no displeasure that we, the Texas faithful, write to you today to convey a simple idea.


Ah, there it is. It may not have the same allure that it did a mere four years ago, but things are different now, and the foundations we have in Austin are receptive and determined to guide you to excellence.

When it comes to Texas and defensive backs, no school is better at attracting the best talents in the state, and your accomplishments over the course of your high school career have put you on a level that will only lead to good things.

Texas is the place to do that.

The Longhorns are in a transition period, and that means opportunities will be more available than ever as the new coaching staff tries to figure out who the best players are.

Let's take a gander at the depth chart, Nick.

We will be saying goodbye to three senior cornerbacks at the end of next season: Quandre Diggs, Sheroid Evans and Leroy Scott, talented veterans who have all had their moments and battles, experiences they will be able to share with you as you develop into a top player here at Texas. 

You could be a sophomore going into the 2015 season, looking to lock down a starting spot among a group that includes junior Bryson Echols, redshirt sophomore Antwuan Davis and senior Duke Thomas. Throw in redshirt sophomore Chevoski Collins, if he sticks to defense.

We will always have some of the best competitors on campus, and that kind of environment is a breeding ground for success. Texas offers some of the best facilities, training, treatment and coaching, so that when it comes time to perform, the foundation has already been laid and the athletes on the field are already set up to succeed.

That is you. No lies here, depth at cornerback is a question mark. In two seasons, we will lose four cornerbacks to graduation, meaning the opportunity to shine is there.

The new staff in place does not play games. Strong and his assistants have come to work, and they have come to win. It is a new era in Texas football, and you, as a part of our 2014 recruiting class, get to be part of the first group to define the new-look Longhorns.

Few opportunities like this present themselves, Nick. You yourself have always had an interest in Texas.

Your talents are on par with what we have on campus, and you have the chance to work your way into the rotation early.

We even see you as a playmaker who can model a game like Diggs executes. You have the speed to cover the one-on-one like a boss, but you don't shy away from the contact. We like that.

Coach Strong is here to bring a toughness back to Texas, and you have the chance to be a star in his defense.



Texas Fans