Texas currently has eight scholarship running backs, with two of those players — Cody Johnson and Foswhitt Whittaker — serving their senior seasons. Additionally, three other players: Jeremy Hills, D.J. Monroe and fullback Ryan Roberson, are entering their junior years. The rest of the running backs are young, with redshirt freshman Traylon Shead and true freshmen Malcolm Brown and fullback Joe Bergeron.
Three years from now, those three freshmen will be the only running backs on roster. It's important to land at least one running back in this year's class, while going after at least two running backs, including a fullback, is a likely goal for the 2013 class. With the Longhorns already boasting a bruiser in Brown and a slasher in Shead, Texas needs an all-purpose, or change-of-pace back, somebody who is a home-run threat and who can catch passes out of the backfield.
Texas set its sights incredibly early on Aledo's Johnathan Gray, a great fit for what the Longhorns are looking for. If Texas could land Gray, they would have landed the state's top back two years in a row, and the explosive Gray would serve as a perfect complement to Brown's inside running ability, providing the 'Horns with an excellent one-two punch. Gray is the only running back to receive a Texas offer at this point, though the Longhorns have looked at other in-state backs like Trey Williams. At this point though, the Longhorns are putting all of their eggs in the Gray basket.
That's the only grade the Longhorns could receive with no current commitments at the position. Texas appears to be in a great spot to nab Gray, which would give Texas a top-10 national player at the position. But until someone's commitment is in, Texas sits with a hole in this year's backfield class.