When 5-star tackle A'Shawn Robinson decommitted from Texas a few days ago, the Longhorns' football program took a big hit. Robinson had been a soft verbal, but there was plenty of speculation that he would not stay with the burnt orange.
Texas has its class of 2013 inked, and it's a very good class. But Texas also failed to reel in the top talent in the state: receiver Robbie Rhodes (Baylor), receiver/athlete Ricky Seals-Jones (Texas A&M), running back Keith Ford (Oklahoma) and lineman A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama), if reports hold true.
ESPNU's Lowell Galindo caught up with Texas head coach Mack Brown to discuss the Longhorns' class of 2013, and Brown seemed to be content with the small size due to the limited number of scholarships it had available.
Brown waxed poetic about how happy he was with the offensive linemen he signed.
"This was a smaller class for us," Brown told Galindo.
"You want to fill needs. We're still not running the ball like we need to against great teams." Brown said the players Texas signed average 6'5", 302, "so they're huge, they can run."
Fine, Brown sounds like he is happy with his class, but he didn't show much excitement. Maybe it's because of what another team in Texas did on Wednesday, but Brown seemed almost irritated on signing day. All that was missing from him was a cursory, "Get off my lawn" to make the interview complete.
Brown was asked about the uniqueness of signing a smaller class, and he gave the standard "you have to do a better job evaluating" answer. But then he went off on a tangent and went into "get off my lawn" mode with softly spoken jabs at certain schools/conference.
"You have to be careful on signing day that it's not a lot of eye candy," Brown said. Uh, oh, where is he going with this?
"There'll be a lot of guys that over-signed today so the numbers will make it look like they had a great class. There'll be a lot of guys who never get in school today. They'll have to place them...they may never show up."
Nice shot, Mack. Apparently Texas is above all of that nonsense of offering players who can't academically qualify. Maybe it's not.
We understand that Brown is frustrated that his teams haven't lived up to the hype year in and year out, but lobbing shots at other schools or conferences isn't the way to win over impressionable recruits.
Petty? Vindictive? Immature? Transparent?
Yep, yep, yep and yep.
We get it. You got beaten by Texas A&M off the field. So just give the Aggies a tip of your hat and get back to work shoring up that defense.
Success is the best revenge.