And not only did the Longhorns land Naashon Hughes, but they were able to do so by offering a grayshirt, delaying his enrollment for an extra semester, and when the Longhorns will have more open scholarships.
Hughes is one of the state's top linebackers, a player who has run in the 4.5-second range and who was being recruited as a hybrid defensive back linebacker. And judging by his frame and the size of his brother, Texas offensive tackle Camrhon Hughes, there could still be plenty of growth potential there.
And here's the thing: by getting Hughes on as a grayshirt offer, not only is Texas landing one of the top defensive players in the state, but Texas can push him to next year's class if there isn't any room in this year's crop. Typically, a grayshirt is reserved for players who are overcoming injuries, or those who need extra time to develop. That's not really the case with Hughes, who could become an impact guy in the Texas defense playing a similar role to the one Demarco Cobbs is being groomed for.
So there's little-to-no risk involved with the selection. Hughes is all Longhorn, and doesn't appear to have a problem with delaying his college entry for a semester if that's what's needed. And if Texas has a spot open up, all the better. Either way, Texas targeted arguably its top two outside linebackers in this class in Deoundrei Davis and Hughes, and landed both of them in a class where numbers dictated that they might not be able to.