On Thursday night Houston landed a commitment from Spring (Texas) Westfield defensive tackle Ed Oliver. He's rated as the sixth-best prospect in the Class of 2016 by ESPN and the first consensus five-star prospect in the history of the program. Simply put, landing Oliver - and holding on to him for these next eight months and change - could be a defining moment for the Tom Herman era at Houston, a sign he's capable of tapping the potential that so many see in the namesake university of the nation's fourth-most populous city.
It's a major moment, obviously, and yet the program has to officially act as if it didn't happen. Of course, coaches regularly toe the line of what is allowable by NCAA rules, and perhaps no one has ever tap danced that line quite as joyously as the Cougars did on Thursday evening.
Are the Cougars writing an awfully big check their play will have to cash in the coming years? Sure. But for now it's fun to watch them add a few zeros to that check.