Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns were going through the Junior College (JUCO) ranks to find some immediate contributors to help win the Big 12 in 2013 but it seems that those options will not be coming to Austin.
Garden City Community College Quarterback Nick Marshallemerged as the option for Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns ended up committing to the Auburn Tigers on Monday. Nick Marshall accounted for over 4,000 yards of offense for Garden City and even though some question his touchdown to interception ratio which wasn’t good but a playmaker is something this team lacked.
Then news came down that Linebacker De’vonte Campbell committed to Kansas State. This is also the same recruit that the Junior college published a statement saying he committed to the University of Texas which was false. Now Texas was believed to be the leader until yesterday.
The fact that these recruiting battles took place and went on for as long as they did speaks volumes to the coaches’ confidence level in those position groups are going into 2013. The 2013 offseason is probably the most important offseason in the Mack Brown era. Many Big 12 schools lost their top playmakers to the Draft or graduation. This Texas team is returning the most talent of all the teams in the Big 12. Coach Brown has to get these players to work even harder than this past year if they even want to think about a Big 12 title.