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How Texas Can Pass SEC Powerhouses for the No. 1 Recruiting Class in 2013

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Head Coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns celebrates a touchdown against the UCLA Bruins during the second quarter at Rose Bowl on September 17, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIISeptember 20, 2012

The Texas Longhorns are generally a huge power in the world of college football recruiting. But so far Mack Brown's 2013 class is only ranked No. 12 overall by Rivals.com. Is it possible that when all is said and done, Texas finds itself with the No.1 overall class, though?

You know what they say: Never say never.

Fist off, let's look at the top of the rankings and predict how they will play out. USC is currently the No. 1 class right now, with the University of Michigan coming in at No. 2. But it is feasible that one or more SEC teams could jump them before national signing day.

Remember, nothing is official before then, so there is plenty of time for a shake-up. And the SEC is historically very dominant when it comes to the overall recruiting rankings. For example, Alabama has been the No. 1 recruiting team in the nation four out of the last five years, according to Rivals. (Seriously, you can look it up here).

Nick Saban's current class is currently ranked No. 6 (No. 2 according to 247Sports), and he already  has one 5-star commit in tight end O.J. Howard. 247Sports has Alabama on top for multiple other 5-star commits lists, though, including offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, receiver Robert Foster and running back Derrick Henry.

I dare say that Alabama's class is going to get a lot better, as will other SEC powerhouse schools like Auburn, Georgia and LSU.

The point here is that it's not far-fetched to see USC giving up the top spot.

Now, the question you're probably wondering is this: How does Texas make its way up to No. 1?

The Longhorns have 14 recruits committed right now. According to Rivals, their only one 5-star player is defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson. The best way for Brown and Texas to move up the rankings is to start bringing in some more elite talent.

Having a bunch of 5-star recruits doesn't always translate into wins on the field. But it certainly looks good from a recruiting standpoint, so Brown's going to have to step his game up here. Even just one more 5-star commit would really boost Texas' status in the rankings.

A big 5-star name that has Texas high on his interest list is cornerback Priest Willis. But he also has Notre Dame, Nebraska, USC and LSU above the Longhorns, according to 247Sports. So Brown would really have to put in a lot of effort.

The big secret in college football recruiting, though, is that 5-stars don't make a great program. They are the big names and the big attractions, but it's the 4-star players who really solidify a great recruiting class.

Rivals only has Texas with nine 4-stars committed so far, so a boost here should really help the Longhorns move up the rankings.

You'll notice that the top schools have a plethora of 4-star recruits. USC has 13, and Michigan and LSU both have 14, according to Rivals.

247Sports has a plethora of 4-star prospects interested in Texas, and the Longhorns have many of them targeted. That's a great start, but now Brown needs to bring them in.

The formula is pretty simple, and Texas has the recruiting power to pull it off. Now. all the Longhorns need to do is bring in another 5-star and a handful more 4-stars, and they'll find themselves skyrocketing to the top of the list in no time.

 

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