Connor Brewer, quarterback
Texas added some immediate impact players for the spring semester, but nobody will be under the microscope immediately like Brewer. While David Ash will be the de facto starter, the staff told Brewer to come in ready to compete for the starting job. Give Brewer a lot of credit: he isn't shrinking away from that. For quarterbacks looking for early playing time (or honestly, quarterbacks in general), coming in during the spring is almost a necessity now. And the repetitions that Brewer receives could prove invaluable in his development and ability to grasp offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin's playbook.
Donald Hawkins, offensive tackle (JUCO)
Hawkins was the first of two JUCO players to sign with the Longhorns. And as the old saying goes: "You don't sign junior college players to sit." Luckily enough, Hawkins appears to have the talent that would render that issue moot. He didn't allow a sack in two years of junior college ball and has the skill set to move people off the ball in the running game. He also comes into a situation that is tailor made for early PT. One tackle, Josh Cochran, is a young player who played in a timeshare a year ago. And the other, Trey Hopkins, is a more natural player at guard. Ideally, Hawkins is good enough to step into the starting lineup for Hopkins, allowing the mobile lineman a chance to beef up the Longhorn interior. And even if that isn't the case, at worst, Hawkins should be able to provide a rotational player who can take over for Tray Allen.
Camrhon Hughes, offensive tackle
Hawkins's presence means that Hughes will likely be brought along more slowly. But he might not need to be. Hughes had an excellent senior year, then capped that off with a sterling performance at the Semper Fi game. In those practices, he showed the ability to pass block, a tremendous boon in that he spent his season at Harker Heights mauling people in the running game. The fact that he showed so much polish as a pass blocker was a pleasant surprise, and after a spring of battling the Longhorns' talented defensive ends, Hughes might be able to put himself in a position to rotate in, similar to Cochran a year ago. He'll have to battle Garrett Greenlea, who was hurt for much of last year, to do so, but Hughes is more athletic and plays with a meaner streak. Hughes is also more college-ready than fellow incoming tackle Kennedy Estelle, and with the extra spring of experience, his play could force Estelle into redshirting.