The Texas Longhorns took a hit in their 2013 recruiting class over the weekend when consensus 5-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson switched his commitment, verbally pledging to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Robinson had been rumored to be wavering on his commitment in recent weeks, having taken multiple official visits, and the Horns suffered what they feared when the 300-pound tackle made the swap to the national champions. So while Nick Saban hooks himself another monstrous defensive tackle, the hits keep on coming for Mack Brown's program.
Piling onto the recent events involving Connor Brewer and Major Applewhite, the Texas program could be on thin ice with the NCAA and with future recruits, including its 2013 class.
A Hit to the 2013 Class
The obvious repercussions involve just how stout the Horns' 2013 recruiting class will be without a solid anchor up the gut.
Although Texas is well-situated at defensive tackle, Robinson may have been the closest thing to a sure thing in the incoming class.
With Robinson's decommitment, the Longhorns are left with just a single defensive line commit in Jake Raulerson. Accordingly, the battle for Waco DT Andrew Billings becomes that much more important to mend the damage left behind from Robinson's switch.
The Horns already have a small class as it is, but losing a top-tier talent in Robinson is a hit that they can barely afford at this juncture.
National Signing Day
Texas may have fallen off the horse with Robinson, but there are plenty of options to mitigate the setback. The coaches will have to pull it off.
Five-star defensive end Frank Herron, a current LSU commit, reportedly is interested in the Longhorns, having rekindled a relationship with Texas' newest running backs coach Larry Porter.
If Texas can manage to snatch Herron from SEC territory, perhaps Robinson's switch will become yesterday's news.
Moreover, the coaches will have plenty of their plate trying to close DeSoto running back Dontre Wilson, in addition to Billings, before Wednesday's National Signing Day.
If it Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it
No Robinson, and presumably for argument's sake, no Billings means the current group of defensive tackles on campus will be the go-to rotation in 2013.
Without any additions, the likes of Desmond Jackson, Malcom Brown, Chris Whaley and Ashton Dorsey will take the brunt of the snaps in the trenches.
The group hardly excelled last season, but there was plenty to get excited about moving forward with the athleticism and youth coming from the quartet.
A war-daddy like Robinson likely could have influenced the rotation somewhat, but without him it only means that the experienced players will have to step up and make everyone forget that the Longhorns were even in contention for the Fort Worth product.