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The Longhorns were left with a major void when Jackson Jeffcoat graduated. The talent is certainly in Austin to replace his production, but much of it is untested and very raw.
Any head coach stepping in for Mack Brown (besides Nick Saban) was going to experience some level of difficulty recruiting against Texas A&M this year. Johnny Manziel escalated that program to all-time highs while the Longhorns were saddled with back-to-back disappointing seasons. Once Texas re-establishes itself as a top program, the top Texas talent will return to Austin.
Speaking of attracting talent from the state of Texas, Dallas-area linebacker Anthony Wheeler has Texas and Oklahoma at the top of his list. Oklahoma recently won in impressive fashion over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but both teams will return to the field well before Wheeler makes his decision.
Texas has three early enrollees this year. One is Juco tight end Blake Whiteley who will be called on to improve what’s been a lackluster position the past several seasons.