Class Rewind: Mack Brown's 2009 class 

January, 30, 2012
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Maybe the first clue that something was wrong was when Garrett Gilbert drew comparisons to Aaron Corp.

“He is similar to Aaron Corp (class of 2007) in terms of size and athleticism, but Gilbert has a bigger arm and is much further along at this stage,” was the second line of the scout’s take from ESPNU in 2009.

Don’t remember Corp? Not many do. He signed with USC and transferred to Richmond.

Of course, most still do remember Gilbert. He played 15 games, threw 23 interceptions, was benched in favor of a pair of Band-Aid quarterbacks and transferred to SMU.

[+] EnlargeMason Walters
John Rivera/Icon SMIMason Walters has turned in to one of Texas' most-consistent offensive linemen.
For that, Gilbert, the one-time national high school player of the year, is considered the biggest bust of the Mack Brown era. Of course he wasn’t the only player to flame out in 2009. Patrick Nkwopara, Derek Johnson, Tariq Allen, Marcus Davis, Greg Timmons and Tevin Mims are all no longer with the program. That’s seven out of 20 players gone in less than three years.

On the flip side, seven players -- Kenny Vaccaro, Mason Walters, Alex Okafor, Calvin Howell, Barrett Matthews, Dominique Jones and Chris Whaley -- have either made a huge impact or been solid contributors.

So goes the hit or miss world of recruiting.

Biggest Get: Mason Walters
Walters was one of the top 30 players coming out of high school. In fact, he was the second highest rated Texas recruit in the 2009 class behind Gilbert. But where Gilbert flopped, Walters has flourished.
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