With National Signing Day 2013 just over a week away, recruiting for the class of 2014 will soon be in full swing for Texas.
Texas will hold two Junior Days in February when the Longhorn coaching staff will recruit and evaluate some of the best talent in Texas. Junior Days have been an extremely important date on the UT recruiting calendar in the Mack Brown era, since Texas emphasizes securing verbal commitments early in the recruiting cycle.
Eight out of the 15 members of the 2013 class, for example, committed to Texas in February of last year. In 2012, that figure was 12 out of 28, and in 2011, a staggering 17 out of 22 commitments picked the Longhorns in February. Even though their National Signing Day is over a year away, the most important month for the class of 2014 is right around the corner.
Texas is already off to a record start in terms of putting together the 2014 class with six verbal commitments, five of which appear in the 2014 edition of the Rivals 250 (a compilation of the best 250 prospects in a given class by rivals.com).
Next month, Texas will look to add other elite names to the class, like Ozen cornerback Tony Brown (who is considered by some to be the best defensive back prospect in the country), Mount Pleasant wide receiver KD Cannon, Hebron safety Jamal Adams, and Dallas Carter outside linebacker Cameron Hampton. Each of these players (along with about a dozen others) currently holds a commitable offer from Texas.
The 2014 class should be considerably larger than the 2013 edition, and place a greater emphasis on skill positions after two straight years of building depth along the offensive and defensive lines.