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ESPN Big 12 Reporter: Charlie Strong's Recruiting Strategy "Backfired"

Late in the 2015 recruiting cycle, a lot was made about Charlie Strong's recruiting strategy, and the "Florida Five," a set of players from the Sunshine State who were set to all become Longhorns. Strong has long been an excellent recruiter in talent-rich Florida, but some were worried about Texas going too far outside of its normal recruiting comfort zone. 

With the news that linebacker Cecil Cherry could be leaving the program, the Florida Five is close to becoming the Florida One. Tight end Devonaire Clarington is waiting on NCAA clearance, receiver Gilbert Johnson failed to qualify, and cornerback Tim Irvin flipped and enrolled at Auburn just weeks after committing to the Longhorns. That leaves just Davante Davis on the team, and ESPN's Jake Trotter believes this is evidence of a failed strategy by Strong.

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When great, Texas has always been a team of native Texans. Trotter does not believe Strong should veer from that model.

">@Jake_Trotter backfiring? Um no cant help kids don't make it for whatever reason. You saying in state kids always make it?

— Scott Kennedy (@Scott_Kennedy23)

@Jake_Trotter backfiring? Um no cant help kids don't make it for whatever reason. You saying in state kids always make it?

— Scott Kennedy (@Scott_Kennedy23) August 11, 2015

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">@jasonmcmeekin

@jasonmcmeekin@Jason_Higdon so much talent in the backyard UT shouldn't be taking risks with out of state players on a grand scale

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 11, 2015

">@Jason_Higdon so much talent in the backyard UT shouldn't be taking risks with out of state players on a grand scale

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter)

@jasonmcmeekin@Jason_Higdon so much talent in the backyard UT shouldn't be taking risks with out of state players on a grand scale

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 11, 2015

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">@jasonmcmeekin

@jasonmcmeekin@Jason_Higdon so much talent in the backyard UT shouldn't be taking risks with out of state players on a grand scale

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 11, 2015

">@Jason_Higdon backfiring. Only one of Florida 5 on campus... How is that not a backfire?

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter)

@jasonmcmeekin@Jason_Higdon backfiring. Only one of Florida 5 on campus... How is that not a backfire?

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 11, 2015

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">@Jason_Higdon tell that to Art Briles and Gary Patterson, who seem to be doing fine recruiting exclusively out of their backyard

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter)

@Jason_Higdon tell that to Art Briles and Gary Patterson, who seem to be doing fine recruiting exclusively out of their backyard

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 11, 2015

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">@Jason_Higdon not as many as Texas has recruiting Texas players

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter)

@Jason_Higdon not as many as Texas has recruiting Texas players

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 11, 2015

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">@DanRubenstein sure, but they'd better get them going instate or they have no chance

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter)

@DanRubenstein sure, but they'd better get them going instate or they have no chance

— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) August 12, 2015

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While Texas has had a ton of success staying within its borders in the past, we're not sure that one group of five players is enough of a sample size to call something a total failure. We doubt Strong totally abandons Florida, but he definitely has some ground to make up at home, with programs like Baylor and TCU surging.