Class Rewind: Mack Brown's 2004 class 

January, 23, 2012
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Adrian Peterson was the prize of the state in 2004.

A sleek running back with power and agility from Palestine, Texas, Peterson was the type of player who could take a recruiting class from a top 20 ranking to a top 10.
Texas, like every other school, was desperate to get him. It never had a shot.

Peterson never made an official visit to Texas. Instead he went to Oklahoma and led them to the national title game as a freshman.

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Tim Heitman/US PresswireJordan Shipley had more than a few memorable moments against archrival Oklahoma.
Texas, for the second year in a row signed a light class. Only 19 were inked. In fact, the Longhorns didn’t even entertain that many prospects. They used just 24 of the 56 official on-campus visits allowed by the NCAA.

What Texas did get was strong across the lines with two future NFL linemen -- Brian Orakpo and Frank Okam as well as one of the most productive receivers in Texas history, Jordan Shipley.

The one thing Texas failed to do was sign a quarterback. It had Vince Young, Chance Mock and Matt Nordgren in the fold. But neglecting to get a quarterback set the stage for some recruiting drama in 2005.

Biggest Get: Brian Orakpo
The defensive end wasn’t the most highly rated prospect in the class of 2004. That would go to defensive tackle Frank Okam. In fact, Orakpo considered himself weak when he arrived at Texas in 2004. He quickly set about to change all that. Orakpo added 50 pounds of muscle in his time at Texas. He also picked up a few honors along the way. The Lamar High (Houston) product won the Nagurski Trophy (nation's top defensive player), Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman) and Hendricks Award (nation's top defensive end).

He started 21 of his 47 games at Texas. At the end of his career he was selected 13th overall by Washington in the NFL Draft.

Most underrated: Jordan Shipley
The wide receiver appeared to be a bust. He was a Parade All-American out of tiny Burnet (Texas) High where he had been coached by his father, Bob. In his first two years at Texas, Shipley sat on the shelf. Knee injuries were the root of his problem.

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