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Cameron Ridley: Star Center Highlights Top 5 Class For Texas

A recent lack of tournament success has not affected Rick Barnes ability to sign top recruits.

Under men's basketball coach Rick Barnes, Texas has become more than just a football school.

The Longhorns are expected to reel in another top 5 recruiting class on Wednesday, national signing day for the class of 2012. It would be Barnes' third such class in the last four years.

Cameron Ridley, a 6'10 230 center from Fort Bend, TX ranked as the No. 8 player in the country by ESPN, is the most notable player.

In highlight tapes, Ridley shows a good amount of touch and coordination in the low post, but he'll need to work on his athleticism and conditioning in much the same way that Dexter Pittman did in his time in Austin.

Barnes is expecting the signatures of three other four-star recruits on Wednesday: Javan Felix, a 5'11 PG from New Orleans, Prince Ibeh, a 6'10 225 center from Garland, TX and Connor Lammert, a 6'10 forward from San Antonio.

With an incredibly young team in Austin that features only two players (guard J'Covan Brown and center Alexis Wangmene) from last year's rotation, the 2012 recruiting class will likely need to step in right away next year for Texas. 

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.