Draft Represents High Point of Poor 2009 Crop

When Kenny Vaccaro, Alex Okafor and Marquise Goodwin were drafted this past weekend, it marked a high point for a class that hasn't seen many of them.

"The '09 class — we've lost a lot of soldiers," Okafor said. "It's just a blessing that me and 'KV' [Kenny Vaccaro] are still here. We earned it. Everything that came our way this week, we deserve it and are going to make the best opportunity of it."

Counting Marquise Goodwin — who wasn't included on some 2009 recruiting lists because he came in as a track athlete first — the Longhorns inked 21 players in the class of 2009. Many were considered top-notch prospects. But in a year where the in-state class as a whole fell drastically short of expectations, only seven players stayed to finish up their eligibility. And it appears that only five of those players will finish up their Texas careers as starters with major roles.

Four — Vaccaro, Okafor, Goodwin and Barrett Matthews — finished up their careers this year. Three more — Mason Walters, Chris Whaley and Garrett Porter — will finish their careers in 2013. Here's what happened to the other 14.


Transferred (4) — Tariq Allen, Garrett Gilbert, Derek Johnson, Greg Timmons

Quit Football (4) — Thomas Ashcraft, Paden Kelley, Kyle Kriegel, Patrick Nkwopara

Legal Problems (2) — Marcus Davis, Calvin Howell

Academic Casualties (2) — Dominique Jones, Tevin Mims

Injury Casualties (2) — Eryon Barnett, Trey Graham


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