2012 Texas Football Recruiting: Longhorns Finish Behind Only Alabama In National Rankings

While Texas missed on the nation's top recruit, WR Dorial Green-Beckham, the Longhorns closed extremely strong, flipping top recruits from LSU, TCU and Tennessee in the last few days before National Signing Day.

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College Football Recruiting Rankings, 2012: Texas Finishes Second Only To Alabama

The University of Texas won the Big 12 Conference easily and came close to taking the top spot nationally with its 2012 recruiting class during Wednesday's National Signing Day. According to SB Nation's rankings, the Longhorns finished No. 2 in the nation, behind only Alabama.

The SB Nation recruiting class ranking is an average of the four major recruiting services' rankings (Rivals, Scout, 24/7 and ESPN). Based on those numbers, the Longhorns finished No. 2 (Scout.com gave Texas its No. 1 ranking) with its 28-man class, the second largest in the Top 10 behind only Miami, who came in at No. 8 with a whopping 33 players signing Wednesday.

More: Texas Recruiting 2012 - The Narrative

As always, the battle between Texas and Oklahoma rages on atop the Big 12, but there was little doubt that the Horns crushed the Sooners this February - OU finished No. 9 overall in SB Nation's rankings (ESPN rated the Sooners No. 11, the lowest of their four marks), good for second place in the Big 12. The only other Big 12 school to place in the SB Nation Top 25 was Texas Tech, who earned the No. 24 spot. Former conference member and hated rival Texas A&M made a strong SEC debut in recruiting, finishing at No. 14. The Big 12 finished with three total Top 25 classes, just one third the number of SEC schools (nine).

For a complete look at SB Nation's Top 25 recruiting classes, click here.

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Texas Football Recruiting 2012: National Signing Day Recap

The Texas Longhorns once again signed an award winning recruiting class that ranks among the best in the nation according to Rivals.com. Texas comes in just behind Alabama for the top spot in Rivals' rankings and just ahead of Florida, Ohio State and Stanford. Oklahoma is No. 10 in the national rankings giving the Big 12 two schools in the list.

Texas' 28 man class is by far the top rated class in the nine-team Big 12 conference. The Longhorns inked two five-star commitments along with 15 four-star players.

Oklahoma comes in at No. 2 in the Big 12 and is followed by Texas Tech at No.3. TCU checks in at No. 4 and Oklahoma State rounds out the top five at No. 5. Baylor comes in at No. 6 and is followed by Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State to round out the conference rankings.

For more on Texas recruiting go visit Burnt Orange Nation and make sure to follow @SBNRecruiting on twitter for more recruiting coverage.


2012 Texas Football Recruiting Class Signees Stands At 28 Strong

The Texas Longhorns recruiting class received a boost when Torshiro Davis flipped from LSU to the Longhorns. The Longhorns were disappointed that they didn't land Dorial Green-Beckham but they ended up adding 28 names to the roster in what could be the No. 1 class in the nation by some ranking services.

According to Rivals.com, Texas signed two five-star recruits by had 15 rated at four-stars and another 10 at three-stars. The two five-star players Malcolm Brown a 6-foot-2, 280 pound defensive tackle from Brenham, Texas along with 5-foot-11, 190 pound running back Johnathon Gray out of Aledo, Texas

Caleb Bluiett DE Fr.-HS 6-3 238 Beaumont, Texas (West Brook)
Paul Boyette, Jr. DT Fr.-HS 6-4 295 Humble, Texas (Humble)
Connor Brewer* QB Fr.-HS 6-2 200 Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral)
Malcom Brown DT Fr.-HS 6-4 285 Brenham, Texas (Brenham)
Adrian Colbert DB Fr.-HS 6-2 191 Mineral Wells, Texas (Mineral Wells)
Timothy Cole LB Fr.-HS 6-2 230 Brenham, Texas (Brenham)
Bryce Cottrell DE Fr.-HS 6-3 235 Plano, Texas (Plano West)
Torshiro "Shiro" Davis DE Fr.-HS 6-3 220 Shreveport, La. (Woodlawn)
Alex De La Torre* LB Fr.-HS 6-1 230 Denton, Texas (Ryan)
Bryson Echols DB Fr.-HS 5-10 165 DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)
Kennedy Estelle OL Fr.-HS 6-7 300 Pearland, Texas (Dawson)
Johnathan Gray RB Fr.-HS 5-11 202 Aledo, Texas (Aledo)
Donald Hawkins* OL Jr.-TR 6-5 310 Tunica, Miss. (Northwest [Miss.] CC/Rosa Fort HS)
Camrhon Hughes* OL Fr.-HS 6-7 320 Harker Heights, Texas (Harker Heights)
Peter Jinkens LB Fr.-HS 6-1 200 Dallas, Texas (Skyline)
Daje Johnson ATH Fr.-HS 5-10 175 Pflugerville, Texas (Hendrickson)
Marcus Johnson WR Fr.-HS 6-1 185 League City, Texas (Clear Springs)
Cayleb Jones WR Fr.-HS 6-3 198 Austin, Texas (Austin)
Nick Jordan K Fr.-HS 6-1 175 Coppell, Texas (Coppell)
Brandon Moore* DT Jr.-TR 6-5 335 Montgomery, Ala. (East Mississippi CC/Alabama/Carver HS)
Alex Norman DT Fr.-HS 6-4 275 Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne)
Jalen Overstreet QB Fr.-HS 6-2 212 Tatum, Texas (Tatum)
Hassan Ridgeway DE Fr.-HS 6-4 255 Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield)
Curtis Riser OL Fr.-HS 6-4 285 DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)
Kendall Sanders WR Fr.-HS 6-0 175 Athens, Texas (Athens)
Dalton Santos LB Fr.-HS 6-3 250 Van, Texas (Van)
Duke Thomas* CB Fr.-HS 5-11 170 Killeen, Texas (Copperas Cove)
Kevin Vaccaro DB Fr.-HS 5-10 182 Brownwood, Texas (Brownwood)

For more on Texas recruiting go visit Burnt Orange Nation and make sure to follow@SBNRecruiting on twitter for more recruiting coverage.


Torshiro Davis Picks UT Over LSU At Last Second

National Signing Day always has a few surprises, and this year Texas fans received an unexpected gift when prized LSU recruit Torshiro Davis, who had been committed to the Tigers for most of the last year, decided to come to Austin instead:

Saturday Night Slant
Torshiro Davis flips to Texas.

Davis, a 6'3 225 OLB from Shreveport, Louisiana, was a four-star recruit rated No. 125 in the nation and No. 3 in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.

The No. 8 ranked LB in the country, he seemed set on Baton Rouge before stunning the LSU coaching staff by coming to Texas.

His commitment is a huge victory for the Longhorns, who traditionally do not recruit much outside of the state of Texas, although that began to change in recent years under former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

With starting OLB's Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho off to the NFL, Davis may have the chance to step in and compete for playing time right away next season.

A highlight tape from his junior season:


Thomas Johnson Commits To Texas A&M Over Texas, TCU

Thomas Johnson, the No. 4 rated overall wide receiver recruit according to Rivals, has committed to Texas A&M, announcing the news live on ESPNU on National Signing Day 2012. Johnson, who played for Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas, chose the Aggies over in-state rivals Texas and TCU, and west coast teams Oregon and Cal.


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Johnson should be considered a leader for announcement of the day, as he returned fire when asked by the ESPNU panel about his pick, polling the analysts for their pick before pulling out an A&M hat.

Johnson, a 6-foot-0, 180 lb. wideout, is considered the 34th best recruit in the nation, and the fifth best overall recruit in the state of Texas. His addition to the Aggies comes on the heels of Missouri City, Texas, wideout Bralon Addison committing to Oregon over A&M, his longtime first choice.

For more on Thomas Johnson and Texas A&M football recruiting, visit I Am The 12th Man, and SB Nation Houston. Click the link for more on National Signing Day 2012.


2012 National Signing Day: Dorial Green-Beckham Announcement Time Scheduled

It's National Signing Day which means some of the nation's top high school football players will be announcing where they plan to showcase their talents for the next few years. One of those players happens to be Rivals.com's No. 1 player on their Top 100 list: wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

According to ESPN, Green-Beckham, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound wide receiver from Springfield, Missouri's Hillcrest High School, is expected to make his announcement on which university's uniform he'll be wearing in the fall on ESPNU at 10:15 a.m. (ET). One of the four schools rumored to be in the running is the University of Texas Longhorns. The other three schools in the mix are Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Green-Beckham caught 119 passes for an amazing 2,233 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior in high school so whichever school he chooses will have one of the nation's best wide receivers to start the 2012 season.

For more on Dorial Green-Beckham and the Texas Longhorns Football recruiting, visit Burnt Orange Nation and SB Nation Dallas. Click the link for more on National Signing Day 2012.


2012 National Signing Day: Texas Longhorns Waiting On Commitment From 4- And 5-Star Recruits

National Signing Day is when highly sought high school football players from around the country officially announce where they will be playing football in college. College football is of couse a big business and major universities pull out all the stops to convince the nation's best recruits to come to their schools. The Texas Longhorns are no exception. As National Signing Day approaches, there are 25 committed recruits who have not yet signed, including two five-star recruits and several four-star recruits, with the Longhorns that will be making their announcements.

The two five-star recruits are running back Johnathan Gray and defensive tackle Malcom Brown. Gray, 5-foot-11 and 190-pounds, is ranked No. 5 on Rivals.com's Top-100 high school football recruits. The Aledo, Texas native ran for 3,891 yards for 65 touchdowns in 2011. Brown, 6-foot-2, 280-pounds, is ranked No. 26 on the Top-100 list and finished the Under Armour game with four tackles, including one for a loss.

Some other recruits include quarterback Connor Brewer, linebacker Tomonthy Cole and offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes.

For more on Johnathan Gray and Malcom Brown and Texas Longhorns Football recruiting, visit Burnt Orange Nation and SB Nation Dallas. Click the link for more on National Signing Day 2012.


Sources Claim Texas Longhorns Out Of The Running For Dorial Green-Beckham

According to Geoff Ketchum, the owner of OrangeBloods.com, the Texas Longhorns are out of the running for one of the nation's top recruits: 6-foot-6, 220-pound wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, or DGB.

Breaking: According to two sources with knowledge of the recruitment, DGB has told the UT staff that he will not be a Longhorn. 33 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

DGB is listed as Rivals.com's No. 1 recruit on their list of top-100 recruits for 2012, but Ketchum still doesn't believe that Longhorn fans should be too upset.

Ok, so it looks like DGB is headed to Missouri. Frankly, I'm not of the opinion that anyone wearing burnt orange should shed a tear because in my mind the DGB recruitment was a symbol of the changes in philosophy that the Texas program has adopted in the last 12 months that will allow for a return to greatness in the future.

Green-Beckham is scheduled to make his decision on ESPNU at 10:15 a.m. (ET) on where he'll be playing in 2012. For more on DGB and Texas Longhorns Football recruiting, visit Burnt Orange Nation and SB Nation Dallas.


SB Nation: What If RG3 Had Gone To Texas?

Over at SB Nation, Bill Connelly continues his fascinating alternate history series on college football recruiting.

Tuesday it was Texas' turn, when he looked at how the successful recruitment of Robert Griffin III could have changed the last few years in the Big 12 South:

Since Colt McCoy left Austin following the 2009 season, the quarterback position has been, to put it kindly, a question mark. The triumvirate of Garrett Gilbert (in 2010 and two games in 2011), David Ash and Case McCoy (in 2011) have combined to produce the following stat line: 462-for-790 passing (58 percent), 5,014 yards, 22 touchdowns, 31 interceptions, 46 sacks for 377 yards (5.5 yards per pass attempt), 872 pre-sack rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.

So what if Texas had offered one of these quarterbacks? For the purposes of this post, we're going to focus on Griffin, since he at least had an offer of some sort, but one would have obviously seen improved results with either of the other two quarterbacks as well. Let's say that either a) Texas decides to take a chance on Griffin as a quarterback or b) Griffin takes his "athlete" offer and heads to Austin to prove his new coaches wrong.

This isn't the Butterfly Effect that Tebow-to-Bama would have been. It hasn't necessarily impacted recruiting quite all that much (at least for teams not named Baylor), but it certainly cost Texas some wins. They went an incredibly mediocre 13-12 in 2010-11, and they probably would have won 18-19 games with Griffin. (The result would have probably been similar with Andrew Luck.) At the same time, however, they have begun to address some offensive issues that they may have danced around had they continued to win nine or ten games.

As Connelly points out, while ten wins at Baylor is miraculous, a ten-win season at Texas is expected. As a result, even if Griffin would have had an equally dominant first three years in Texas, he would not have won the Heisman Trophy and would have been coming into the 2012 season as a pre-season All-American.

Longhorn fans will have to hope that the new offensive coaching staff does a better job evaluating and developing QB's going forward, as that seems to be the only position holding Texas back to a return to national prominence.


Daje Johnson Switches Commitment From TCU To Texas

Athlete Daje Johnson had been one of the crown jewels of the TCU Horned Frogs 2012 class, but just a few days before signing day he switched his commitment to be part of the Texas Longhorns. Johnson is listed as a four-star prospect and ranked as No. 14 athlete and No. 141 player overall.

Johnson was firmly committed to TCU since early in the recruiting proceses there was not must interest from Texas and he even cancelled his official visit this past week, but then Johnson was contacted by co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and head coach Mack Brown. With that news Johnson rescheduled his visit and switched his commitment to Texas after he took his official visit.

Related: More on Daje Johnson

Johnson is expected to play on offense and here are some highlights via Burnt Orange Nation:

For more on Texas recruiting go visit Burnt Orange Nation and make sure to follow @SBNRecruiting on twitter for more recruiting coverage.


Dalton Santos Switches Commitment From Tennessee To Texas

Texas Longhorns head coach is named Mr. February for a reason since he always has Texas near the top of the national recruiting rankings come signing day. On Sunday he landed another blue chip prospect in linebacker Dalton Santos out of Van (Texas) High School. Santos is a four-star recruit, top-100 player and rated as the best linebacker in the 2012 class.

Previously Santos was committed to the Tennessee Volunteers since last August, but he made the switch to Texas when Tennessee defensive coordinator left to take the same position with the Washington Huskies. Santos has offers from over 20 BCS programs and he made the switch when he took an official visit to Texas on Jan. 27.

Related: More Texas recruiting coverage

Here is a scouting report on Santos from SB Nation recruiting guru Bud Elliot:

Santos is a prototypical middle linebacker recruit. He is very big (6'2" and 240 pounds), loves to hit, but isn't so stiff as to be a major liability in coverage. Santos plays with excellent physicality and passion, and is very fun to watch in person, as I recently had the chance to do at the Under Armour All-America Game. He is rated a four-star recruit by most recruiting services. Texas is the only school to have commitments from more than 20 high school recruits and still have more than 75 percent be rated as blue chippers (four-stars or better).

For more on Texas recruiting go visit Burnt Orange Nation and make sure to follow @SBNRecruiting on twitter for more recruiting coverage.


Texas Lands Eight 2012 Verbal Commits To 2011 Sports Illustrated All-American Team

The Texas Longhorns are on pace to possibly have the top recruiting class for 2012. Out of the major recruiting services in ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports they all have Texas as their top rated class with the single exception being 247 Sports who has the Alabama Crimson Tide as their top class with Texas just behind at the No. 2 spot.

Post season accolades are coming out from the high school ranks and Sports Illustrated is the latest to unveil their 2011 high school all-americans and Texas lands one first team, one second team and six honorable mention selections:

First team: Jonathan Gray, running back 
Second team: Kennedy Estelle, offensive line 
Honorable mention: Malcom Brown, defensive tackle
Honorable mention: Peter Jinkens. linebacker
Honorable mention:  Cayleb Jones, wide receiver
Honorable mention:  Curtis Riser, offensive line
Honorable mention: Kendall Sanders, athlete
Honorable mention: Orlando Thomas, athlete

For more on the Texas Longhorns make sure to go check out Burnt Orange Nation.


Texas Football Recruiting: Two JUCO Players Set To Sign On Wednesday

Texas is expected to get signatures from junior college players Brandon Moore and Donald Hawkins

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