UT signs 25 players, including three of state's top four
Linebacker Kindle, quarterback Snead, defensive end Jones top the list.AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Hoping that more national championships follow the one claimed a month ago, the Texas Longhorns signed a class of 25 football recruits today.
The class is led by a pair of highly touted players who are projected to play defense — linebacker Sergio Kindle of Dallas and cornerback Deon Beasley of Orange — but restocking talent at quarterback was the Longhorns' more pressing concern.
Texas coach Mack Brown signed two mobile quarterbacks — Jevan Snead of Stephenville and Sherrod Harris of Arlington — as the Longhorns look to a future without Vince Young, who announced four days after Texas' Rose Bowl victory over USC that he would leave school early to enter the NFL draft.
Texas was left with just one quarterback on scholarship, redshirt freshman Colt McCoy, before today's signings of Snead and Harris.
"We've got really good players at that position," Brown said. "We've just got to help them get experience fast."
While acknowledging that Young is irreplaceable — "We're not going to find another Vince," he said — Brown claimed he was not overly concerned about handing the offense over to a player who has yet to take a college snap.
"Vince won as a redshirt freshman. Major (Applewhite) won as a redshirt freshman. Michigan went to the Rose Bowl with a freshman," Brown said. "So we're not concerned."
Brown once again kept his recruiters close to home, as 23 of his 25 recruits are Texans. The only out-of-state recruits signed by the Longhorns were defensive tackle Ben Alexander of Anderson, S.C., and defensive end Lamarr Houston of Colorado Springs, Colo.
"The state of Texas was our lifeblood, and it's going to stay that way," Brown said.
The Longhorns lost out on a late commitment today from California defensive back Jonas Mouton, who chose Michigan over Texas. He was the only recruit who took an official visit to Austin and opted not to sign with Texas.
The headliner of the class is Kindle, who played running back and linebacker at Dallas Wilson. Rivals.com ranks him the fifth-best overall recruit in the nation and the top linebacker. Brown expects Kindle to start off as a linebacker, but also to get some looks at running back.
Beasley, who is expected to play cornerback at Texas but will be given a chance at receiver, is ranked the 77th best recruit in the nation.
In addition, Texas signed Longview's Vondrell McGee, ranked by Rivals.com as the third-best running back in the nation and the 57th-best overall prospect.
In all, the Texas class is ranked in the top five or 10 by most recruiting services.