It didn’t take long for Shaka Smart to get rolling.
The Texas head coach landed his first recruit in the Class of 2016, and it’s an important one. Jacob Young, the point guard for Houston powerhouse program Yates, committed to Smart and Texas on Tuesday, announcing his pledge on Twitter.
Young’s decision is a major get for the Longhorns, as much because of the demographic he represents as his sheer quality. Young is a four-star recruit from the state of Texas, a class which has been raided by power programs outside the state in recent years. Yes, many still head to Austin, but some have eschewed the 40 acres for the likes of North Carolina, Kentucky and other major programs.
Even Young’s brother, former Oregon Duck turned Indiana Pacers draft pick Joe Young, left his home state for the Pacific Northwest.
That won’t be the case with Jacob Young, and it seems clear that Smart is a big part of that decision. If that can serve as an early precedent of the Smart era, Texas basketball fans have a lot to look forward to.