Texas recruiting capsule
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The Longhorns' complete signing class can be found here.
Breakdown: 20 high school.
Positions: 6 DL, 4 OL, 3 DB, 2 TE, 2 LB, 1 QB, 1 WR, 1 FB
Where they came from: Texas 19, Arkansas 1.
The stud: QB Garrett Gilbert of Austin (Lake Travis). The nation's second-ranked quarterback according to Scouts Inc. and the No. 11 on the ESPNU 150 appears to be the prototypical quarterback arriving at college. He set a state record for passing yards and touchdown passes in high school and will have a year to watch Colt McCoy next season. Gilbert should be poised to be Texas' starting quarterback in 2010.
Recruiting-class sleeper: WR/KR Marquise Goodwin of Garland, Texas (Rowlett). It's hard to find many sleepers in Texas' class, but Goodwin qualifies. He's not even going to be on football scholarship, coming on a track scholarship after earning Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, but hoping to also play football. The Longhorns are stacked at wide receiver, but Goodwin has the kind of speed that would set him apart from anybody on the roster as well as provide a key return threat.
The one who got away: CB Dre Kirkpatrick of Gadsden, Ala., disappointed many Texas fans when he dismissed the Longhorns because their hat "ain't got no swagger." Instead, Kirkpatrick opted to remain close to home and attend Alabama after making him mind up on the Crimson Tide after an unknown woman at a gasoline station told him to attend there, he said.
Needs addressed: Quarterback, offensive line, defensive line.
Not as pressing: Wide receiver, running back.
Scouts Inc. grade: A (first in the Big 12, first in South Division).
My take: Another huge year as the Longhorns picked up almost every top recruit in Texas they set out to sign. Top players like Gilbert and running back Chris Whaley could be among the best players in the country if they live up to their potential. Texas missed late on a couple of key national recruits like Kirkpatrick and Jarvis Jones, but Mack Brown proved that he still deserves the title of "Mr. February" again this year - at least in the Lone Star State.