How Top UT Recruits Fared In Last 10 Classes

Here's a look at how the top recruits from the Longhorns' last 10 classes fared once they got to UT.

Kent Perkins (Lake Highlands, Texas)

Class:

2013

Position:

OT

Ranking:

No. 2 OT in the country; a 5-star recruit; No. 36 overall.

His UT Resume:

Perkins couldn’t entirely avoid the injury bug in 2014 and it cost him some time. But his upside is as high as any linemen’s on the team. If he can stay healthy he will start for Texas in 2015 and do big things.

Darius James (Harker Heights, Texas)

Class:

2013

Position:

C

Ranking:

No. 1 center in the country; a 4-star recruit; No. 52 overall.

His UT Resume:

Working his way back from a torn ACL. Spent some time at right tackle but, so far, hasn’t come close to meeting the expectations placed upon him.

Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas)

Class:

2013

Position:

QB

Ranking:

No. 6 QB in the country, No. 1 QB in Texas; 4-star recruit; No. 79 overall.

His UT Resume:

Took over as the full-time starting QB after David Ash suffered an injury in the season-opener. Had his moments but, all-in-all, he didn’t progress as much as the coaching staff would have hoped. Will be tough for him to regain the starting position moving forward.

Kennedy Estelle (Houston/Dawson)

Class:

2012

Position:

OT

Ranking:

No. 7 OT overall; No. 1 OT in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 44 overall.

His UT Resume:

Was dismissed from the team last season.

Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas)

Class:

2012

Position:

RB

Ranking:

No. 2 RB overall; No. 1 RB in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 15 overall.

His UT Resume:

Gray will be the lead back for Texas in 2015. He has played in 35 career games with 13 starts and ranks 15th on the UT all-time rushing list (2,118 yards).

Malcom Brown (Brenham, Texas)

Class:

2012

Position:

DT

Ranking:

No. 1 DT overall; No. 1 DT in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 17 overall.

His UT Resume:

A two-year starter who was named a 2014 finalist for both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player) and Outland Trophy (top interior lineman). Has decided to enter the NFL Draft.

Cayleb Jones (Austin, Texas/Austin)

Class:

2012

Position:

WR

Ranking:

No. 3 WR overall; No. 1 WR in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 30 overall.

His UT Resume:

Jones transferred to Arizona after his freshman season at UT. He appeared in 11 games for the Longhorns as a true freshman and recorded two catches for 25 yards.

Curtis Riser (DeSoto, Texas)

Class:

2012

Position:

OG

Ranking:

No. 2 OG overall; No. 1 OG in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 37 overall.

His UT Resume:

Riser didn’t see the field that much at all at UT and has since announced that he would transfer.

Malcolm Brown (Cibolo, Texas/Steele)

Class:

2011

Position:

RB

Ranking:

No. 2 RB overall; No. 1 RB in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 9 overall.

His UT Resume:

Ended his career No. 9 on the Texas all-time rushing yards list (2,678). Brown had 11 career 100-yard rushing games, which ranks tied for seventh in school history at the end of his career. He had 24 career rushing touchdowns which was only three from the UT all-time top 10

Garrett Greenlea (Klein, Texas/Collins)

Class:

2011

Position:

OT

Ranking:

No. 7 OT overall; No. 1 OT in Texas; 4-star recruit; No. 52 overall.

His UT Resume:

Injuries never allowed him to flourish at Texas.

Steve Edmond (Daingerfield, Texas)

Class:

2011

Position:

LB

Ranking:

No. 2 MLB overall; No. 1 MLB in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 12 overall.

His UT Resume:

Finished his career with 323 career tackles, which was first among active players and just 23 away from the UT all-time top 10.

Desmond Jackson (Houston/Westfield)

Class:

2011

Position:

DT

Ranking:

No. 5 DT overall; No. 1 DT in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 43 overall.

His UT Resume:

Tank Jackson, the strongest player on Texas’ current roster, suffered an ankle injury against UCLA early in the 2014 season and was forced to miss the rest of UT’s games due to surgery. But he’ll be back in 2015 to lead Texas’ defensive line.

Jaxon Shipley (Brownwood, Texas)

Class:

2011

Position:

OT

Ranking:

No. 6 WR overall; No. 2 WR in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 50 overall.

His UT Resume:

His 218 career receptions rank third in UT history and 2,510 career receiving yards are No. 6. One of three players in school history with three 50-reception seasons (Mike Adams - 1993, 1995-96; Roy Williams - 2001-03). He caught a pass in 47 of his 48 career games, including a stretch of 33 straight games (from the first game of his career until 2013 Texas Tech game), a streak which ranks third in school history.

Jackson Jeffcoat (Plano, Texas/West)

Class:

2010

Position:

DE

Ranking:

No. 2 DE overall; No. 1 DE in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 7 overall.

His UT Resume:

A 2013 consensus All-American and Ted Hendricks Award winner. He is one of just five defensive end consensus All-Americans in school history (Carlton Massey, 1953; Bill Atessis, 1970; Tony Brackens, 1995; Brian Orakpo, 2008).

Jordan Hicks (Lakota West, OH)

Class:

2010

Position:

LB

Ranking:

No. 2 LB overall; No. 1 LB in Ohio; 5-star recruit; No. 18 overall.

His UT Resume:

A five-year linebacker who appeared in 45 career games, Hicks had 28 career starts and 12 double-digit tackle games. Played in just four games in 2013 due to an Achilles injury and missed 10 games in 2012 due to a hip injury and earned a medical redshirt. Hicks came back stronger than ever, though, and played in every game in 2014 and went on to earn second team All-America honors.

Darius White (Fort Worth, Texas/Dunbar)

Class:

2010

Position:

WR

Ranking:

No. 6 WR overall; No. 2 WR in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 35 overall.

His UT Resume:

A highly-touted WR that never lived up to the hype at UT. In 21 games he had six catches for 71 yards. He transferred to Missouri as a sophomore.

Mike Davis (Dallas, Texas/Skyline)

Class:

2010

Position:

WR

Ranking:

No. 3 WR overall; 5-star recruit; No. 11 overall.

His UT Resume:

A four-year wide receiver who saw action in 49 games, including 38 starts. He had a streak of 36 straight games played snapped vs. Kansas State (Sept. 21, 2013) due to injury. Davis ended his career fourth on the Texas all-time receptions list (200), fourth in receiving yards (2,753) and fifth in career receiving TDs (18). He is one of only three players in school history with at least 200 receptions and more than 2,700 receiving yards (also Jordan Shipley and Roy Williams). Davis had 10 career 100-yard receiving games which is tied for second in school history.

Demarco Cobbs (Tulsa, Okla./Central)

Class:

2010

Position:

OT

Ranking:

No. 3 S overall; No. 1 S in OK; 5-star recruit; No. 34 overall.

His UT Resume:

Fourth-year player who has seen action in 29 games on defense and special teams. Had six career starts. Missed all of the 2013 season due to injury. A two-time member of Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Reggie Wilson (Haltom, Texas)

Class:

2010

Position:

DE

Ranking:

No. 2 DE overall; No. 2 DE in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 14 overall.

His UT Resume:

A four-year player who appeared in 51 career games with two starts. Did not miss a game during his career. Solid career but did not dominate like many expected him to.

Mason Walters (Wolfforth, Texas/Frenship)

Class:

2009

Position:

OT

Ranking:

No. 3 OT overall; No. 1 OT in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 16 overall.

His UT Resume:

A five-year player who started the final 51 games of his career (every game at right guard from 2010-13). That streak was tied for the longest streak in the nation among offensive linemen at the end of 2013.

Alex Okafor (Pflugerville, Texas)

Class:

2009

Position:

DE

Ranking:

No. 2 DE overall; No. 1 DE in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 14 overall.

His UT Resume:

Arizona took Okafor (4th round, 103rd overall) in the exact spot where they drafted his former teammate, Sam Acho, in the 2011 NFL Draft. Okafor’s 23.0 sacks rank 11th all-time at Texas.

Greg Timmons (Houston/Eisenhower)

Class:

2009

Position:

WR

Ranking:

No. 4 WR overall; No. 1 WR in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 42 overall.

His UT Resume:

Played in just six games as a freshman before deciding to transfer as a sophomore.

Garrett Gilbert (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis)

Class:

2009

Position:

WR

Ranking:

No. 5 QB overall; No. 2 QB in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 37 overall.

His UT Resume:

One of the greatest TXHSFB QBs of all-time. He simply just didn’t pan out at UT. Tranferred to SMU for the 2012 season and is currently a back-up for New England.

Aaron Williams (Round Rock, Texas/McNeil)

Class:

2008

Position:

CB

Ranking:

No. 2 CB overall; No. 1 CB in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 31 overall.

His UT Resume:

Three-year defensive back who appeared in 37 games, including 23 starts in his last 26 games, at cornerback and on special teams. Declared for the NFL Draft as a junior. Was on the 2010 Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award watch and posted 106 tackles (64 solo), three sacks, 12 TFL, three pressures, four INTs, 24 PBU, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five blocked punts (No. 2 on UT’s all-time list) for his career. Drafted with the second pick in the second round (34th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Dan Buckner (Allen, Texas)

Class:

2008

Position:

WR

Ranking:

No. 9 WR overall; No. 2 WR in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 50 overall.

His UT Resume:

Three-year receiver who appeared in 26 games, including eight starts. Posted 50 receptions for 526 yards (10.5 ypc) and six TDs for his career. He transferred to Arizona after his sophomore season.

Tray Allen (Grand Prairie, Texas/South)

Class:

2007

Position:

OG

Ranking:

No. 1 OG overall; No. 1 OG in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 8 overall.

His UT Resume:

Ended his five-year career having played in 44 career games, working at both tackle and guard positions. Missed the 2010 season with a foot injury

John Chiles (Mansfield, Texas/Summit)

Class:

2007

Position:

WR

Ranking:

No. 4 WR overall; No. 2 in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 31 overall.

His UT Resume:

Four-year letterman who made the switch to wide receiver from quarterback prior to 2009 spring drills. He served as Colt McCoy’s top backup for two seasons. Played in 41 games (19 at QB/22 at WR), starting 15 as a wide receiver. Notched 65 receptions for 752 yards (11.6 ypc) and four TDs for his career. Completed 12-of-22 passes for 166 yards and two TDs and gained 377 rushing yards on 91 attempts with four TDs

Curtis Brown (Gilmer, Texas)

Class:

2007

Position:

CB

Ranking:

No. 3 CB overall; No. 2 CB in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 14 overall.

His UT Resume:

Four-year cornerback who appeared in 52 games, including 28 starts. Compiled 120 tackles (86 solo), two INT, including one he returned 77 yards for a TD, 32 PBU, three TFL, one forced fumble and one blocked punt during his career. Drafted with the 31st pick in the third round (95th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Andre Jones (El Paso, Texas/Andress)

Class:

2007

Position:

DT

Ranking:

No. 3 DT overall; No. 1 DT in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 30 overall.

His UT Resume:

One of the best football players ever to come out of El Paso, Jones never made it on the field as a Longhorn due to off-field issues.

J’MARCUS WEBB

Class:

2006

Position:

OL

Ranking:

No. 8 OL overall; No. 1 OT in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 44 overall.

His UT Resume:

Only played one season at Texas before transferring to Navarro College and then West Texas A&M. He has spent some time in the NFL.

SERGIO KINDLE (Dallas/Wilson)

Class:

2006

Position:

LB

Ranking:

No. 1 LB overall; No. 1 LB in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 6 overall.

His UT Resume:

Four-year player who appeared in 46 career games, starting 25 at outside linebacker, defensive end and on special teams. He is the first ever player to be named a finalist for the Butkus and Hendricks Awards. A two-time All-Big 12 selection, Kindle tallied 176 tackles (110 solo), 16 sacks, 43 TFL, 56 pressures, seven PBU, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his career. He was drafted with the 11th pick in the second round (43rd overall) by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Eddie Jones

Class:

2006

Position:

DE

Ranking:

No. 1 DE overall; No. 1 DE in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 20 overall.

His UT Resume:

Five-year defensive end who appeared in 50 career games, including eight starts. Missed only two career games despite battling shoulder and ankle injuries at UT. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2010 and recorded 111 tackles (71 solo), 13.5 sacks, 24 TFL, 39 pressures, two INTs, three PBD and two forced fumbles during his career.

Deon Beasley

Class:

2006

Position:

CB

Ranking:

No. 2 CB overall; No. 1 CB in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 23 overall.

His UT Resume:

Beasley was a four-year cornerback who played in 45 career games, starting 12. He posted 99 tackles (81 solo), 18 PBU, three INTs, eight TFL, two sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pressure for his career.

Roy Miller (Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker)

Class:

2005

Position:

DT

Ranking:

No. 8 DT overall; No. 1 DT in Texas; 5-star recruit; No. 34 overall.

His UT Resume:

Recorded 138 tackles, 25 TFL, 10 sacks, 44 pressures, six PBD, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery during his career. Started all 13 games at defensive tackle in 2008 when he earned Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP honors. Tabbed first-team All-Big 12 by the leagues coaches in 2008. Drafted by Tampa Bay in third round of 2009 NFL Draft.

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