The Texas Longhorns Football Program is not holding back on its recruiting visits, but that effort paid off this summer to match the currently ranked third recruiting class led by the second quarterback. arc manning.
according to Public records obtained by The AthleticThe Longhorns spent nearly $630,000 on two recruiting weekends in June, including an official visit from June 17-19 by Manning and eight other recruits marked by five-star accommodations and nearly all-you-can-eat fare for them and their families .
Manning’s visit – in which nearly $280,000 was spent on the nine recruits, according to The Athletic – has resulted in four commitments so far. Manning, nephew of Super Bowl winners Eli and Peyton Manning, has announced that he will play for the Longhorns on June 23, four days after his enlistment journey. High school classmate, three-star tight end Will Randlewhich were adhered to at the end of the visit on June 19.
Among the highlights of the visit, according to The Athletic: a full spread in their rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin, a photo shoot at the DKR Texas Memorial Stadium, a trip to Top Golf, multiple sumptuous meals and breakfast at home for coach Steve Sarkissian.
Extravagance appears to be the norm in Texas, which spent nearly $350,000 in the weekend of June 24 on 14 recruits. 12 players from that group committed to the longhorns.
A total of $630,000 in two weekend visits shows just how much Texas has invested in hiring compared to recent years. Athletic Director U and INFLCR NCAA published financial reports that showed Texas spent $1,275,368 on recruiting for fiscal year 2019. It was the thirteenth-most spent on recruiting that year, led by Georgia with $3,676,858.
Bulldogs spent $2.7 million on recruiting in 2020, which was affected by the hiring restrictions spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The increase in employment spending is not uncommon to see, such as I mentioned the Orlando Sentinel In July, the University of Florida Athletic Association increased its football spending by $4.72 million recently, adding $700,000 to its staffing budget. That was a 55% increase that gave new coach Billy Napier nearly a $2 million budget for recruiting and does not include Napier’s access to two private jets with a $839,000 budget, according to the report.
The increase in spending has become necessary to keep pace with major programmes. For Texas, which has 12 commitments worth 300 ESPNs in the 2023 class, spending, despite its appearance, has paid off under Sarkissian.
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