Despite a three-game winning streak, there are questions swirling around Tom Herman’s future as head coach of the Texas Longhorns. Earlier this week, Herman addressed rumors that Urban Meyer could be brought in to replace Herman after this year.

While Texas has regrouped following early-season losses to TCU and Oklahoma, the Longhorns (5-2) have taken a significant hit on the recruiting trail. Texas lost two major quarterback commits in recent months, and another significant 2021 pledge to rival Oklahoma.

FOX analyst Joel Klatt did not hold back in his criticism of Herman and Texas’ recruiting.

“It's a problem,” Klatt said this week on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “It certainly wasn't the case when Mack (Brown) was winning a lot of games. They've gotten a lot of good recruiting classes but they've lost that luster in the state. It's not just Oklahoma and Texas A&M. LSU and Alabama have been getting in there. Ohio State….Tom Herman came out and said it's hurting us in recruiting that there are rumors about Urban Meyer in Texas. You don’t address that. Tom you don't address that. Go out there and win games, keep your job and you'll be fine. I don't quite understand, Texas A&M has really hit the recruiting trail hard and Lincoln Riley is an excellent recruiter.”

As it stands right now, Texas has the No. 17 ranked recruiting class in the nation according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite. But the Longhorns’ placement could be much higher if not for the losses of a couple of key commitments in the 2021 cycle — quarterback Jalen Milroe and athlete Billy Bowman.

"And then there's rumors. And there's unnamed sources, there's internet reporters with agendas that claim their own opinion as fact and hide behind unnamed sources and things of that nature,” Herman said. “So the player part is really easy, almost comical to the point where sometimes a kid will come up to me and say, 'Coach, you'll never guess what lunacy just came across my feed? This is crazy, right?' The recruiting part's a different story because when you have the things that have been written about us in our program, myself and our future — very unfounded articles that state, again, opinion as fact, that state unnamed sources as being factual, it's very hard to defend against because if I'm a competing recruiter, what do you do? You press 'print' and you say, 'Look, this is true. It must be true. It's on, so and so, It must be true. Or it was written by this guy, so it must be true. Or this source said this, so it must be true. And that is really, really the hard part in recruiting is because there's these 16-year-old kids are very impressionable. And unfortunately, when negativity gets written — especially unfounded, rumor-based, unnamed source-based negativity gets written — then it makes our competing recruiter's jobs just so much more easy. They just press 'print' and say, 'Here you go.’"