5: OL signees
1: QB signee
3: WR signee
1: TE signee
2: LB signees
3: DB signees
0: DT, DE, RB, and specialist signees
The class ended up being heavily slanted to the offensive side of the ball, with a third of the class addressing the biggest need, along the offensive line. The haul fills an entire OL rotation, with two tackles and three interior players. To round out the offense, a QB, three WRs, and a blocking TE signed. On defense, two linebackers and three defensive backs signed. The notable omissions in the class are along the defensive line and at running back. While not immediate needs, the health of Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron, Johnathan Gray, and Daje Johnson becomes a primary concern headed into the 2013 season. On the defensive line, the focus shifts to redshirted freshmen Alex Norman, Paul Boyette, and Hassan Ridgeway at DT and Bryce Cottrell and Caleb Bluiett at DE. The omissions don't become immediate concerns, but the margin for error for players on campus and players Texas is looking at in 2014 becomes much thinner.
16 (2) - .9077 - 1/8/6: 247 Composite national rank (Big 12 rank) - average rating - 5 stars/4 stars/3 stars
15 (1) - 81.3 - 0/11/4: ESPN Recruiting Nation national rank (Big 12 rank) - average rating - 5 stars/4 stars/3 stars
5, 8: ESPN 150, ESPN 300 members
Overall, much has been made of the struggles of this recruiting class. The national ranking is squarely in the top 20, with the rankings swapping the Big 12 top rank between OU and Texas. The average take in the class is a solid 4 star player, with the only 5 star player being Darius James via 247's Composite ranking.
5 members of the class belong in the ESPN 150 and 8 in the ESPN 300, led by the #1 center and #17 overall Darius James. While only 15 total recruits belong to the class, a third of the class projects along the OL. Of the 5, Darius James, Kent Perkins, and Jake Raulerson are in the ESPN 150, and late rising Rami Hammad and JUCO OT Desmond Harrison are no slouches. 247 ranks all 5 OL prospects as 4 star players.
Ultimately, we've seen the flaw in relying on the rankings and stars when evaluating player success. The Texas staff underwent dramatic changes because of the prior staff's poor evaluations and poor development. The new staff has identified the players they want, and now it turns to see how they develop those evaluations.
6: Army Bowl selections
1: Under Amour All-America Game selection
1: International Bowl selection
2: Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl selection
The 2013 class featured several post-season bowl participants, highlighted by the 6 participants at the 2013 Army Bowl. Headlined by the Jake Raulerson, the Army Bowl participants opted to play in the San Antonio based bowl to build early camaraderie for the small class.
308 - 4,567 - 56: Jake Oliver receptions - receiving yards - receiving TDs
The most impressive list of accumulated HS stats in the class belongs to Dallas Jesuit WR Jake Oliver. After 22 catches for 274 yards and 2 TDs as a freshman, Oliver became the picture of consistency, going for 85 catches - 1,302 yards - 13 TDs, 108 catches - 1,637 yards - 23 TDs, and 93 catches - 1,357 yards - 18 TDs. Good enough to break Jordan Shipley's Texas HSFB receptions record and to finish second to Shipley in career receiving yardage. Here's to hoping he keeps a solid level of production upon arriving at Texas.
350 - 4.36 - 10.36: Antwuan Davis lbs. bench press - 40 time - 100m hurdle time
If there's a candidate for best athlete, Antwuan Davis is high on that list. The 5'11" 190 lbs DB prospect is long, strong, and really quick. When Duane Akina is looking for DBs, he's pulling HS QBs (insert joke about RGIII and Johnny Manziel) and top-notch track talents, and Davis falls firmly in the latter. It will be tough to crack the DB rotation early, but his raw athleticism should be an immediate value-add on special teams.
21.55: Montrel Meander 200m track time
It appears as if speed will be a focal point of Major Applewhite's offense moving forward, as evidenced by many of the offensive skill talent targets. While Texas missed on players like Dontre Wilson and Robbie Rhodes, Montrel Meander is the late riser that looks to be the vertical threat Texas wants to replace Marquise Goodwin. Meander's 21.55 200m time makes him just a notch below Robbie Rhodes, but he has a 6'3" frame and time to refine his craft at WR after spending time at safety and in multiple sports at Amarillo Palo Duro.
6'7" 310: Desmond Harrison height and weight
The mammoth of the class is JUCO OT Desmond Harrison. Depending on how developed Harrison comes to campus this summer, his incredible size makes him a candidate to push fellow JUCO transfer Donald Hawkins right away for snaps at left tackle.