Kenny Vaccaro is the latest example of Mack Brown's staff developing a player without overwhelming recruiting accolades into a top NFL draft pick.
This spring the Longhorns will pick up the pace, and their uptempo offense will have the advantage of upperclassmen learning it gradually in the offseason.
The Longhorns used to have a fence around Texas, but now nearby programs are rising up, out-of-state powers are chiming in and conferences like the SEC and Pac-12 erode UT's turf.
With top defenders Kenny Vaccarro and Alex Okafor gone, and the Longhorns coming off a bad year, Texas' defense looks at a major overhaul in 2013.
The HornsNation staff takes turns sitting in Mack Brown's throne to make their call about the Longhorns' QB decision.
Being picked in the late rounds means Texas draft picks Keenan Robinson, Emmanuel Acho and Kheeston Randall will have to rely on their versatility to make their mark.
Emmanuel Acho is expected to become an NFL draft pick at some point this weekend. Once it happens, he'll take the next step in his career and carry his goals to a higher platform.
Even Nostradamus can't predict just how high school players will develop, but Texas has collected former ESPN 150 members and most have developed into contributors
Texas returns to spring practice with two weeks to answer a few key questions.