Are Texas' Recruits Still on Board?

Any evidence of backsliding among Texas' 23 recruiting commitments following the 0-2 skid that ended the 9-3 regular season? Longhorn coach Mack Brown weighs in on the subject.

NCAA rules prohibit head coaches from talking about specific players, but Brown offered a general assessment:

"When you lose a game at any time, it affects your program," Brown said. "but I don't think it affects recruiting at programs like this because the kids have known where they wanted to go for the past 10 years. It's not an issue to us."

Most of Texas' current commits attended the annual Football Banquet last Friday in Austin, including Five-Star verbals OG Tray Allen, CB Curtis Brown, DT Andre Jones and QBs John Brantey and John Chiles. (For a list of reports on many of the weekend's visitors, click here.) Texas' list of 23 commitments reflects the national championship season and remains's landslide choice as the nation's top-rated recruiting class. Brown has verbals from eight standouts listed among the nation's Top 100 nationally, including five Five-Star athletes (for an average rating of 3.96).

Texas is followed by Florida, Georgia, Michigan and surprising Georgia Tech. The only other Big 12 Conference school's listed in's Top 25 are No. 10 Nebraska (21 commits) and No. 17 Texas A&M (18 commits).

Even with a late-defection, Texas' stable is so loaded that the Horns would remain neck-and-neck with the Gators for the 2007 recruiting title. Speculation among Longhorn recruiting circles centers around whether Five-Star QB John Brantley remains solidly in Texas' camp. Brantley's public comments continue to reflect a genuine commitment to Texas, and he will be in San Antonio in less than one month for's U.S. Army All-Star game. Following Brantley commitment Texas last spring, Florida has since picked up a verbal from big (6-5.5, 225 pounds) Atlanta, Georgia Four-Star QB Cameron Newton.

National Signing Day is set for Wednesday, February 7. The group that Texas inks in February. 2008 will, to some extent, reflect the current 9-3 campaign. Brown prefers to complete each recruiting class before August Camp, with most commitments gathered between late February and late-June.

"I'm sure both coaching staffs (Texas, Iowa) will be using this game to finish off a great run with a senior class and to start fresh on next year," Brown said.

Texas returns to practice to begin bowl preparation on Tuesday.

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