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Texas Longhorns Small Recruiting Class is Purpose-Built

Michael C. Johnson – USA TODAY SPORTS

As the biggest day in the college football off-season progressed today — National Signing Day — Texas Longhorns fans lamented the 15-man recruiting class as being too small, as not having the bling factor that many other classes may have earned today — including, obviously, the Ole Miss Rebels — who have arguably won the day before it even ends.

The facts are this 15-man 2013 Texas recruiting class is purpose-built to address issues specific to certain positional groupings and may not be the take-one-take-all approach in the past, which, in all honesty, has failed miserably in some instances.

Ranked around No. 20 by most national scouting publications including Rivals, Scout and ESPN, the Texas class has a few guys that will bring some much needed depth in weak areas, and a handful that could make an instant impact on the Forty Acres next fall.

Arguably the best player in the class is Dallas Lake Highlands offensive lineman Kent Perkins who at 6’5″, 300 pounds should be game ready from the get-go. Perkins was rated by almost all publications within the top five offensive linemen in the country if not among the top three.

Of the remaining 14 commitments, eight are considered four-star– with only three of those being on the defensive side of the ball. This is by design in that even though the Texas offense had moments of brilliance in 2012, much more is expected of the skill players who will be working under the play-calling and tutelage of Major Applewhite next fall, and offers were made accordingly.

One of the more glaring oddities in the class was the lack of a defensive tackle signee- especially given the quality in the position in Texas for the 2013 class — and the loss of initial targets like Andrew Billings who yesterday committed to the Baylor Bears.

Don’t expect to see a huge instant impact from many of the 2013 class — instead anticipate them to make a much bigger mark on a 2014 team that will be junior and senior-laden and could indeed be the next true chance Texas has at making a serious run at the crystal trophy.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. You can follow Kris on TwitterGoogle Plus and Facebook