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Looking back at Texas' recent recruiting misses:

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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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Ryan Perrilloux’s name still draws hard looks and ire from the Texas faithful.

He was supposed to be the next quarterback. The one after Vince Young. The one who would continue to build on the foundation that Mack Brown had laid at Texas.

Throughout the fall of 2004, Perrilloux was considered the prize of the 2005 recruiting class. The quarterback was setting records left and right at East St. John's High School in Reserve, La. And despite receiving heavy pressure from LSU and many others, Perrilloux remained steady to his commitment to Texas. Until, suddenly, he wasn’t.
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Alicia Jerome/US PresswireJamaal Charles (25) rushed for over 3,000 yards in his career at Texas.

At the last minute, Perrilloux switched to LSU and was considered a huge get for Les Miles in his first recruiting class with the Tigers. As it turned out Perrilloux was a huge bust. But the just-in-case quarterback Texas had snagged, Colt McCoy, was not.

Five years later, with hindsight as a guide, it turned out McCoy should have been the headliner in this rather small class of 15. Although, really as this class matured it became littered with headline players like Jamaal Charles, Quan Cosby and Jermichael Finely

Most underrated: Colt McCoy
McCoy was a reach. He was a 6-foot quarterback from a small school, Jim Ned, who didn’t have a big arm and wasn’t highly sought after by most of the big boys. Texas A&M offered but beyond that Texas just had to beat out the also-rans in the Big 12.

That’s how Texas was able to offer so late, get an official visit from McCoy in January and get his commitment just two days later on Jan. 23, 2005.

After a redshirt season, McCoy grew to be one of the winningest and most-decorated quarterbacks in Texas history. He is the only quarterback in NCAA history to win 10 or more games in four straight seasons.

In 2008-09, McCoy led Texas to a 25-2 record. He was knocked out of the BCS title loss against Alabama in 2009 early in the first quarter.

Biggest get: Jamaal Charles
Again this wasn’t a class filled with flat-out stars. Texas, which had a hugely successful class in 2002, was just trying to full a few holes here and there. It turned out Charles knew how to find holes on the field and get through them.

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