Recruiting is the backbone of college football, but the ability to develop those talents coming out of high school is the real sweat and tears of the sport.
The subsequent 8-5 and 9-4 seasons are marks of progress, and the recruiting woes appear to be dissolving as well. But while the pure results on the field have many questioning the progress of the program, the truth is that the Longhorns still have holes to fill that can lift them even higher.
With National Signing Day just weeks away, Texas has to be quick about identifying its needs.
Here are five of the biggest needs for the Horns for the 2013 recruiting class.