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Sunday, December 11, 2011
Vaccaro joins his brother at Texas

By William Wilkerson
HornsNation

AUSTIN, Texas -- All Kevin Vaccaro (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) had planned this weekend was to enjoy his official visit to Texas and spend some quality time with his brother, Longhorns strong safety Kenny Vaccaro.

What the three-star cornerback didn't expect was to leave Austin as the newest member of Texas' 2012 recruiting class.

Vaccaro was on his way out of the hotel where he had been staying all weekend when he was asked to sit down with Texas head coach Mack Brown and defensive backs coach Duane Akina.

"They talked to me about everything and how they wanted me to be at Texas," Vaccaro said. "They said they were going to call me in a couple of days because they had to look at everything and talk it over."

Shortly after that, Vaccaro received a call from Akina and was offered the scholarship. He accepted it about an hour later.

"I thought the offer was going to happen, just not today," Vaccaro said. "I thought it might be a couple of days or a week. I am so excited right now I don't even know how to react."

Vaccaro (5-9, 175) is the 24th member of Texas' class and the second cornerback along with Under Armour All-American Bryson Echols (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto). They'll join a young, but talented, group of cornerbacks next season, which includes Quandre Diggs, the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.

"I just came down here and was just hoping to soak everything in," Vaccaro said. "I was just going to hang out with everyone. I talked to Coach Akina when I first got here for the official visit and he told me to be patient and told me that he wants me. So I've been waiting."

Vaccaro has dreamt about playing for Texas for some time, and the appeal of the Longhorns increased when his brother joined the team in 2009. He just wasn't sure if he would make his way to Texas with a scholarship offer or a greyshirt.

"[Coach Akina] said if things didn't work out [with the scholarship] I could for sure go there as a greyshirt," Vaccaro said. "He wasn't expecting me to get a greyshirt at all. He was expecting me to get a full ride."

Vaccaro said that he would have accepted the greyshirt if the scholarship offer never came.

"Most likely because I have always wanted to go to Texas," he said. "Especially with Kenny there for another year before he goes to the league."

Vaccaro chose the Longhorns over offers from Louisiana Tech and UTSA. He was also garnering interest from Nevada, TCU and SMU.

William Wilkerson covers University of Texas football and recruiting for HornsNation Follow HornsNation's coverage on Twitter: @ESPNHornsNation