But an hour before that, the Cibolo Steele auditorium seemed to have enough cameras for a red carpet event. And the starlet they all came to see was five-star running back Malcolm Brown. There wasn't any suspense: the nation's No. 2 running back committed to Texas back in August and never wavered. But one could sense there was still some relief to see Brown in a black Texas hoodie and a burnt orange Longhorn cap, flashing the hook 'em sign.
Fans weren't the only ones to feel relieved.
"Once I was committed, I was 100 percent," Brown said just after signing his National Letter of Intent. "But just to sign the papers was a bigger relief to me. It's a great feeling."
Brown's signature was the cherry on top of a very good class. The talented back rushed for 2,637 yards and led Steele to its first-ever state title as a senior, but still viewed himself as simply a cog in the Texas machine.
"I'm excited (to play with) everybody," said Brown, the jewel of the class. "They call this one of the top classes of the year. I've met a lot of those guys … just to get to play with those guys will be great because I know they're all great players."
Brown also said he didn't start to look around once Texas coaches departed the program. One of Brown's primary recruiters, Major Applewhite, stayed on the 40 Acres, while the other, Duane Akina, left.
"I'm pretty excited (for the changes)," Brown said. "Sometimes, change is good."
Count the addition of Bryan Harsin as one of the changes that excite Brown.
"I've spoken with him a lot," Brown said. "He seems all fired up and ready to go."
Brown will run track at Steele in the spring, before reporting to the Longhorns in June. He said the class goal was to help bring the Longhorns back to prominence.
"We have a lot of good freshmen coming in," Malcolm Brown said. "I'm not a savior, or anything like that. But I've met a lot of those guys, and I know all of us are really determined to go in and try to contribute right away. I'm ready to go in and do my part."