Instant analysis: Hicks could keep Muschamp happy

January, 29, 2010
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It wasn't a bad talent haul for Mack Brown Friday morning.

The Longhorns got two five-star defensive recruits -- two of the four top players in ESPNU's 150 -- over a period of about 90 minutes.

Brown accomplished that after Jordan Hicks of Lakota West High School outside Cincinnati opted for the Longhorns. Hicks was the nation's top outside linebacker prospect and the high school Butkus Award winner.

It came on the heels of Jackson Jeffcoat's choice of the Longhorns over Oklahoma and Houston earlier in the day.

Hicks' decision is stunning on a couple of levels, as he picked Texas over Ohio State and Florida.

Jim Tressel rarely gets beat on top recruits in his backyard. And Brown had never attracted a top recruit from Ohio during his time at Texas.

Much has been made about how patient Texas coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp will be as he is groomed to be Brown's eventual successor. Some have wondered if he might leave for another job that might open before Brown retires.

But having a couple of prospects like Hicks and Jeffcoat to coach for the next several seasons should boost Muschamp's interest in calling defenses while he waits.

The addition provides two heralded five-star recruits to Texas' recruiting list that had consisted mostly of four-star players. The arrival should enable the Longhorns to contend with Florida for the mythical No. 1 recruiting ranking after national signing day on Wednesday.

Brown has had a lot of big days on the recruiting trail as would befit someone who used to be known as "Mr. February" because of his consistent recruiting prowess.

But it's hard to remember the Longhorns securing a more highly touted pair of defensive recruits in Brown's recent classes.

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