Texas Longhorns: Texas-JD-Feb-23-2013

AUSTIN, Texas -- The commitment was there to be taken.

Mack Brown had done his job. He had sold Texas. And now the Texas coach only had to accept a yes from the high school football player and the bill of sale would be final.

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Kirby Lee/US PresswireTexas coach Mack Brown wants to make sure recruits are committed to his program before accepting their pledges.
"I want to commit but I've got one more visit I want to take," the unnamed recruit told Brown in the past couple of days.

"No, we are not doing that," Brown told the recruit. "That's not the message we want to send. We want you to be sincere with the people you're going to see and we want you to be sincere with us."

College football’s one-time recruiting hare has officially turned tortoise. Now the wonder becomes if Aesop knew anything about recruiting.

Brown, to his credit, does know a thing or two about it. He was the one who stormed into the state more than 15 years ago, offering early, getting commitments before the ink had dried on the previous class of signees.

In fact, from 2007-10, 72 percent of recruits committed to Texas before the end of February. Brown had learned at his previous stop in North Carolina that if you wait, you’re late.

It was a philosophy he carried with him to Texas and a gospel that spread across the Big 12.

"Now what’s happened is people are offering sophomores. They’re offering some freshmen," Brown said a year ago before his program started offering sophomores. "I think it has gotten out of control and we’ve kind of gotten credit for it."

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S Sumner-Gardner impressed by Texas 

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Dylan Sumner-Gardner knew Texas was interested in him. That suspicion was more than confirmed Saturday when he met with Mack Brown, secondary coach Duane Akina and recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers.

“They wanted me to know they’re offering a scholarship and all the coaches like me,” Sumner-Gardner said. “They’re going to recruit me a lot.”

ESPN Watch List prospect Dylan Sumner-Gardner (West Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) was the only safety to get offered on Saturday at Texas’ second junior day.


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Twitter recap: Texas' second junior day

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Texas held its second junior for the Class of 2014 on Saturday and several top recruits attended. Check out Max Olson's story on what we learned. Insider

Be sure to check out our forum Insider for the details.

Click the jump below to see the best tweets and photos from recruits who attended.

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5 things we learned from Texas junior day 

February, 23, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas didn’t land any verbal commits during or after its second junior day on Saturday, but plenty still went down. Here are five things you need to know coming out of the day.

1. Six receive new Texas offers

At least six new offers were confirmed on Saturday, though several were to prospects whose offer status was fairly guaranteed going into the day.


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The Longhorns didn’t come away with any commitments on Saturday, at least not yet, but they did make lasting impressions on two out-of-state ESPN Watch List recruits who made it to Austin.


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Texas visit impresses Watch List DE Willis 

February, 23, 2013
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Gerald Willis III knew his brother Landon Collins had taken an official visit to Texas back in 2011 before signing with Alabama.

The ESPN Watch List defensive end had heard good things about the program, but he took in the Longhorns’ junior day on Saturday because he wanted to see it for himself.


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Sooners commit picks up offer from rival 

February, 23, 2013
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For some recruits, an offer at junior day comes as a big surprise. But for ESPN Watch List wide receiver Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City), it would have been a bigger shock to leave Texas without an offer from the Longhorns.


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OLB Otaro Alaka enjoys Texas visit 

February, 23, 2013
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Houston Cypress Falls linebacker Otaro Alaka didn’t leave Texas’ junior day on Saturday with the news he was hoping for, but he’s not going home disappointed.


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