- David Ubben, College Football
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Texas had a small senior class in 2012, and thus, was forced to take a small recruiting class in 2013. That was only part of the problem, but Texas suffered more decommitments on the recruiting trail than it had in a long time, losing recruits to Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Alabama.
Once all the ink on the letters of intent was dry, Texas had only the nation's No. 16 class, far below the Longhorns' lofty expectations.
Colleague Jeremy Crabtree, our recruiting guru, made 10 bold predictions for the class of 2014, and he says Texas will be back in the top 5 next season. Last season was a fluke, writes Crabtree, and has some interesting revelations on why he sees good things in the future for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail.
Hiring Patrick Suddes from Alabama to be the director of player personnel was a solid move, and Crabtree says it's one of strategy to help slow Texas A&M's growth in the state.
Texas' bigger senior class will be starting their final season this fall and Texas will be able to sign a full class instead of just 15 players like it did last year. That'll help their ranking, but Crabtree also says the Longhorns' focused efforts in Louisiana will give them a boost, too.
Check out the rest of his predictions for the recruiting trail.
3hSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
1dTom VanHaaren and Erik McKinney