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In 2011, UT signed the nation's fifth-rated recruiting class. It featured five of the top 10 prospects in the state of Texas. Of the five in the top 10 who went elsewhere, the Longhorns offered just one -- running back Aaron Green, who followed his brother, Andrew, to Nebraska, and transferred a year later to TCU.
Two weeks ago, Texas' class, which ranked 15th nationally yet was tops in the Big 12 -- generally regarded as its worst on signing day since 2005 -- included just two of the top 14 prospects in Texas. It offered and missed on five of the state's top nine recruits and suffered pride-swallowing decommitments early to Texas A&M (receiver Ricky Seals-Jones of Sealy) and late to Alabama (defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson of Arlington Heights).
[...] The Sooners, on the heels of their 41-13 loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, signed a class that finished 16th nationally, their lowest class ranking since 2007 when they finished outside the top 25.