Biggest Recruiting Needs

Check out the Longhorns' biggest recruiting needs heading into Junior Day I.

1) Tight End

This one's an easy pick, one mentioned by Texas coach Mack Brown at the Signing Day press conference. As it usually goes with recruiting, needs unaddressed in one class are typically buffed up in the next. And there's a need here, not just because of a numbers issue at the position, but even moreso because the Longhorns are looking for effective players there. Brown specifically said that Texas is looking for somebody to "set the edge" in the running game. So don't be surprised if Texas passes on more prolific pass-catchers for somebody who can block the guy across from him.


Verdict: Take Two



2) Offensive Line

Sure, the Longhorns landed four linemen in the 2012 class. And on the immediate surface, with 17 scholarship linemen and only one senior, Texas wouldn't appear to be in a bad spot. But look again: the Longhorns might not take an immediate blow heading into the 2013 season, but a whopping seven linemen in 2013 will be seniors. You don't put off those kinds of numbers to one recruiting class. So expect Texas to take a big bite out of that pending issue in this year's class, including at least one offensive tackle.


Verdict: Take Three To Four (One OT, One C, One to Two OG)



3) Safety

This was another under-addressed need in the 2012 class, with Texas grabbing arguably the state's best player there — Mineral Wells S Adrian Colbert — but not flanking him with anybody else. The safety scholarship position could be improved with a few moves within roster, but it also couldn't hurt to add some new blood at the position to go along with the young and talented trio of Mykkele Thompson, Sheroid Evans and Colbert. A strong safety would be an especially nice addition.


Verdict: Take One To Two



4) Running Back

The Longhorns have eight running backs slated on roster for the 2012 season, and three of them — Jeremy Hills, D.J. Monroe and fullback Ryan Roberson — are seniors. Texas did a nice job by adding Daje Johnson late, but he could be either a running back or a wide receiver. Texas needs to add more cover at the position, especially following a season that saw the Longhorns occasionally down to their fourth- and fifth-string runners. Fullback could potentially be addressed by moving a linebacker over, which would create the need for an extra player on that side of the ball.


Verdict: Take One To Two



5) Wide Receiver

As mentioned above, it's unsure where Johnson will end up, and with Thomas Johnson nixing the Longhorns later in the process, Texas could certainly use a slot receiver in this class with Marquise Goodwin and DeSean Hales graduating. Getting an outside guy isn't as big a concern, but is probably still necessary with Mike Davis coming up on his junior year and Bryant Jackson likely moving back to safety. The Longhorns are starting to build up a nice, tall group out there with John Harris, Miles Onyegbule, Marcus Johnson and Cayleb Jones, all of whom are sophomores are 6-2 or taller and sophomores or younger. Another piece to that group would only further the Longhorns' options.


Verdict: Take Two to Three (One To Two outside, One slot)


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