Mack Brown has spent time and most of his breath explaining how Texas is poised to become an SEC-like team. If only Texas and Mack Brown could stop the SEC from getting their recruits.
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.
Mack Brown has continually recruited well in his time at Texas. Developing those recruits, however, has been hit and miss.
After missing on two big recruits, Mack Brown is looking at if that time, money and energy is worth it in 2013.
Attrition rates get every team. Texas is hoping by better evaluating potential recruits, it can get the right players and keep them around.
With the first six members of the Texas' 2012 recruiting class officially becoming Longhorns this week, we look at what their impact might be next season.
Mack Brown and Texas are pioneers of sorts when it comes to the trend of early offers. While early commits don't always work, the trend is worthwhile.
By going after another quarterback, Texas could build depth and redshirt incoming players.
With several spots lacking depth and needing playmakers, offensive recruits could see early impact in 2012.
In 2012, Texas will have a deep defensive line but will have to replace two starting linebackers and two experienced safeties.
In 2012, Texas will return nine starters but needs help at receiver and consistency at quarterback.
It has been a decade since Mack Brown signed a juco player, but with new coaches and needs to fill, Texas is showing more interest in these prospects.
With the commitment of 2012 prospect Jalen Overstreet, the Texas offense has a dual-threat quarterback and more options.
While Texas has owned its state for recruiting, possible conference realignment could make Texas look at other areas and protect its borders.
While it has taken a while, coaches are now seeing the value of scouting and recruiting elite specialists.
With the SEC's recent dominance, it's clear that coaches will need to go south to find the nation's elite line prospects.