Texas Longhorns: J'Marcus Webb

Looking back at Texas' recent recruiting misses:

[+] EnlargeGarrett Gilbert
Brendan Maloney/US PresswireQuarterback 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.

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Texas figured it had to have a quarterback in 2006.

Sure, Colt McCoy had shown some flashes while redshirting in 2005. But at a slight 6-foot-1 and generous 180 pounds, could he hold up to the rigors of a Big 12 season?

So Texas grabbed the best in the state, Stephenville’s Jevan Snead.

Snead enrolled early and the battle to replace Vince Young was on.

“We're not going to find another Vince,” Texas coach Mack Brown said on signing day back in 2006. “[McCoy and Snead] understand that Vince was not an overnight sensation and that he took criticism.”

It turned out McCoy was about as close as Texas could get to another Vince Young. It also turned out Texas was not the right program for Snead. He transferred to Ole Miss after his first season.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesHunter Lawrence proved to be one of the best kickers in Texas history.
As for the rest of the 25 players in the 2006 class, seven became regular starters. A few of those -- Sergio Kindle, Hunter Lawrence and Lamarr Houston -- became standouts. And several others -- Vodrell McGree, J’Marcus Webb and Sherrod Harris among them -- never finished their Texas careers.

Biggest Get: Sergio Kindle
Kindle was the highest-rated prospect in the class. He lived up to his billing. Kindle started 25 of his 46 games at Texas. Kindle started every game at defensive end his senior year. The prior season he had started 11 games at outside linebacker.
He was the first ever player to be named a finalist for the Butkus (nation's top linebacker) and Hendricks Awards (nation's top defensive end).

In his senior season, Kindle was a large part of a defense that ranked third nationally in overall defense and 12th in scoring defense. He went 25-2 in his final two years at Texas.

Most underrated: Hunter Lawrence
OK, so he’s a kicker and they aren’t supposed to raise that many eyebrows anyway. But Lawrence came in as an unknown from Boerne, Texas and became one of the most clutch kickers in the country.


Texas Longhorns Show Out On Pro Day
The Texas Longhorns produced several eligible NFL Draft athletes who participated in Pro Day Tuesday afternoon in Austin, Texas.