While signing day for the 2013 recruiting class is still a couple of months away, this time of year is buzzing with the increasingly popular JUCO talent crop. After suffering its fourth decommitment just over a week ago, the Texas Longhorns need to jump on the talent still available in this part of the recruiting landscape.
Head coach Mack Brown has signed only four JUCO commitments in his 14-year tenure but expect that number to increase after his 2012 success. Last year's signees Brandon Moore and Donald Hawkins each made significant impacts at defensive tackles and left tackle respectively, becoming two of Texas' most reliable players.
With the recruiting class suffering after yet another subpar season, Texas may have to rely on similar success from its JUCO haul in 2013. While expecting a Cam Newton-type impact is unreasonable, the 'Horns will have some holes to fill in both its recruiting class and regular rotation after 2012 comes to a close.
Following are five junior college recruits, both long shots and locks, that could come in and make an immediate impact for the Longhorns.