http://www.bevoball.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/av-47.pngTexas had another great recruiting year and some are saying it was Mack Brown’s finest. They addressed nearly every position on the team and with quality players. Rivals.Com rates this class as the second best, with Alabama being the best, in the NCAA.
Along the way the Horns created some firsts. Mack had never gotten a home grown recruit away from LSU but with the signing of the OLB Toshiro Davis, that came to an end. The also signed two JUCO players in O-Lineman Donald Hawkins and DT Brandon Moore. In Mack Brown’s previous fourteen years he has only signed one so this was a welcome reversal.
There were three jewels in the class of twenty eight. Johnathan Gray, RB,Aledo, will be mentioned most when referring to the class of 2012. Gray is a threat to score on every play and scored more TD’s, with 206, than any player in high school history. His smooth running style and acceleration will allow him to fit seamlessly into the growing stable of UT running backs.
They also may have gotten the best player in the entire class with the signing of Malcolm Brown, DT, Brenham. He already weighs 290 pounds and was really hard to block with his quickness and anÂ ever running motor.
Add to these two five star recruits Caleb Jones, WR, Austin. He may have been forgotten but Texas needed another outside receiver and although not a 4.4 guy, Caleb has great hands, offers precise route running and jumping ability.
Under the heading of “raw talent” is Caleb Bluiett, DE, Beaumont West Brook. When he gets to Fourty Acres and settles into one position, he had five in high school, he should take off. This kid will go down as my favorite recruit in the class.
Every year one kid gets away and this year it was Dorial Green-Becham. The talented WR had the Longhorns in his final few selections but in the end it seems he bowed to family pressure and stayed close to his Missouri home, opting to go to SEC recruit Mizzou. It would have been a great coup to get the kid but he did go away to he SEC and he also didn’t choose OU.
UT had their best positional haul in the offensive line. They got the four players they wanted. Kennedy Estelle, Camrhon Hughes, Donald Hawkins and Curtis Riser. Two of the best in the country in Hawkins and Riser and all four are top ten type players. Easily the most impressive group in the country.
Texas landed their top quarterback target in Connor Brewer who went to high school in Arizona and my second favorite recruit in Jalen Overstreet. Brewer was recruited by some of the top schools in the country and Overstreet becomes the most athletic QB on the roster. His versatility and real running ability may prove invaluable to this team. He is my pick for the Wild Horn.
The goal in Austin is always the same, win a National Championship but first the bleeding of the past couple of years had to be stopped. This class may go down as the one that did both. Remember they are all projects and now they are all Texas Longhorns. God Bless Texas and Hook Em Horns?