Texas Longhorns: texas recruiting misses

Recruting misses: 2012 

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AUSTIN, Texas – In 2012 Texas was the program stealing away with last-second recruits.

Dalton Santos was swayed from Tennessee. Daje Johnson was snatched from TCU. Shiro Davis spirited over the border from LSU.

The first two in that trio have already paid dividends for Texas. Santos became a special teams standout and emergency linebacker. Johnson proved to have the ability to break a game open when given that opportunity. Even Davis entered the fray a time or two as a backup defensive end.

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Texas recruiting misses: 2011 

January, 31, 2013
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Johnny ManzielKevin Jairaj/USA TODAY SportsTexas decided to pass on Johnny Manziel, who went on to win the Heisman.

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas didn’t miss much in 2011.

But the one they did miss hurt the most.


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Texas recruiting misses: 2010 

January, 30, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Not much of the top talent in the state escaped the top program in the state in 2010.

Texas, coming off a national championship appearance, won the recruiting battle for defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and just about every other player it went after. The Longhorns locked up four of the top five recruits from Texas in ESPN’s 150. The lone miss was defensive back Ahmad Dixon out of Waco. And Texas even had Dixon for a short period. He committed to Texas after junior day in February of 2009 only later to decommit and commit to Baylor. He then decommitted to Baylor in favor of Tennessee only to decommit from Tennessee as he eventually signed with Baylor.

Another year, another recruiting saga.

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Texas recruiting misses: 2009 

January, 29, 2013
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Knile DavisKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesKnile Davis could have helped Texas if he had signed with the Longhorns.
AUSTIN, Texas – The ills of the 2009 recruiting class were not isolated to just the Texas program.

While the Longhorns have had their share of problems with that class -- 14 of the 20 players signed didn’t exhaust their eligibility -- many of the other products produced by the state either didn’t make it or didn’t make the impact many thought they would.

The state’s top three prospects in 2009 had stunted or less-than-expected careers to date: Russell Shepard (No. 3 overall in ESPN’s 150) was never a star for LSU. Craig Loston (No. 7 overall in ESPN’s 150) suffered through several injuries but started as a junior in 2012. Garrett Gilbert (No. 11 overall in ESPN’s 150) didn’t make it at Texas and has a year left to prove himself at SMU.


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Texas recruiting misses: 2008 

January, 28, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Recruiting is all about choices.

Some are good. Some are bad. And sometimes teams don’t even get a chance to make a choice. Players just want to go elsewhere.

With all that in mind, HornsNation decided to take a look at the top players in Texas, as rated by ESPN, who did go elsewhere – aka not the Texas program -- in the past five years. It’s a look back at what could have been.

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