Charlie Strong closed his 2016 recruiting class with a bang. Now he wants to make sure the inroads he’s made in the state dare reinforced on a perpetual basis.
To that end, Texas named its first ever high school relations director. The Longhorns tapped Hardee McCrary, a former defensive ends coach under Mack Brown, to lead the school’s high school outreach efforts. The move brings in a man who blends collegiate coaching experience with large-scale relationship building, a skill he honed as the Associate Director of Development for the Longhorn Foundation.
When reached by the Dallas Morning News, McCrary sounded more than ready to go.
“I’m extremely excited and proud to be working with (Athletic Director) Mike Perrin, Coach (Charlie) Strong, all of our sports programs and the entire athletic department in this effort to provide a resource to high school coaches,” McCrary told local media outlets. “I’ve always been very proud of my roots as a Texas high school football player and coach. High school sports were my first love … I’m thrilled to be able to be an ambassador to the high schools for this great university and athletic department.”
Texas isn’t the first school to name a head of high school outreach, though the Longhorns are particularly notable given the state they call home and the role they play in the state’s football ecosystem, not to mention their place in the NCAA landscape. If McCrary does the job the Longhorns think he will, Texas should be able to reinforce the status they currently enjoy and build from there.