The Texas Longhorns are having some difficulty getting the entirety of the 2014 recruiting class on campus, as three players have still not enrolled for summer classes, including Texas City running back D'Onta Foreman, according to multiple reports.
The other two players, according to ESPN, are South Carolina defensive tackle product Poona Ford and Newton all-purpose back Kevin Shorter, whose career may be over after his spinal injury last fall. There aren't any expected problems with Ford, while Shorter apparently isn't completely finished with the TAKS testing process and also needs to take some online classes.
The situation with Foreman, the twin brother of 2014 wide receiver signee Armanti Foreman, seems more concerning and may be one of the remaining vestiges of the Brian Davis regime. The consensus three-star running back is reportedly waiting on the NCAA clearinghouse to issue a ruling about his eligibility.
If the bigger Foreman isn't eligible this fall and has to attend a junior college, the status of senior running back Joe Bergeron would determine the extent to which Foreman's absence would hurt the team. Losing Bergeron to his academic or attitude concerns would leave Texas short on short-yardage running backs, a role that fellow senior Malcolm Brown could potentially fill and the role Foreman was most likely to play early in his career.
From the longer-term perspective, the Horns will lose fullback Alex De La Torre after the 2015 season, when Foreman would be finishing up his second year of junior college. At that point, unless Texas is able to sign Rockwall's Chris Warren in the 2015 recruiting class, the team would be short of a big running back capable of working as a blocker -- fullback is a more important position for offensive coordinator Joe Wickline than it has been in the recent past, as he likes to use a lead blocker on several zone schemes.