Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Top Texas Longhorns recruit misses
By Carter Strickland
Looking back at Texas' recent recruiting misses:
Quarterback Garrett Gilbert did not pan out at Texas and is now the signal-caller at SMU.
1. Garrett Gilbert, quarterback, 2009: He was the quarterback that everyone wanted and he was in Texas’ backyard. The Lake Travis (Texas) High school product got his first shot to shine in the national title game as a true freshman. While there were some positives, the four interceptions he threw were a sign of things to come. Taking over as the starter in 2010, Gilbert led Texas to a 5-7 season and threw 17 interceptions in the process. Gilbert started the first two games of 2011. He was benched after throwing his second interception in the second quarter against BYU. He soon announced that he would transfer, ending up at SMU.
2. Ramonce Taylor, running back, 2004: Taylor was the other state of Texas back in 2004. The one not named Adrian Peterson. The one Texas could sign. But Texas never could figure out what to do with Belton (Texas) product. He was an athlete coming out of high school. Texas thought he would be ideal to give Vince Young another weapon either running the ball out of the backfield or slipping into the flat for a pass.
He rushed for 797 yards and 13 touchdowns in his Texas career. And as a sophomore he did catch 27 passes from Colt McCoy.
But the police caught Taylor in the spring of his sophomore season and charged him with felony drug possession. Shortly thereafter he elected to transfer from Texas.
3. Dan Buckner, wide receiver, 2008: The wide receiver showed promise early in his sophomore season. He had 29 catches in the first five games of the 2009 season. But his production started to wane in the latter stages of 2009. He finished with just 16 more catches in the last nine games.
He also wound up being caught by police. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound player from Allen, Texas, was arrested in College Station, Texas, on charges of criminal trespassing and resisting arrest in College Station, Texas, in January of 2010. Buckner transfer to Arizona a week later.
4. Connor Wood, quarterback, 2010: Wood was not the highest rated quarterback on the board in 2010. But he was still significantly higher rated than the other one taken in the 2010 class, Case McCoy.
Texas decided to redshirt Wood to give him a year and some separation between him and 2010 starter Garrett Gilbert. When Gilbert failed and the competition was thrown open in the spring of 2011, Wood was given the chance to beat out Gilbert, McCoy and true freshman David Ash. He couldn’t, was listed last on the depth chart and promptly transferred to Colorado.
5. J'Marcus Webb, offensive line, 2006: The Parade All-American played in 12 games as a freshman and was poised to be a starter the next season. But grades became an issue. He transferred to a junior college before going to West Texas A&M. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft and is with the Chicago Bears.