After finishing 5-7 overall and just 2-6 in conference, the Texas Longhorns football team is going to be relying heavily on a good 2011 recruiting class to help turn them around.
With National Signing Day just around the corner, it looks like Mack Brown and company have done a great job convincing some of the top high school players that Texas is the place for them.
Their strategy is a little different than most. The Texas coaching crew has been known to evaluate and recruit high school talent beginning in their sophomore year, and get verbal commits by the end of their junior season.
It looks like this approach will be successful as the Longhorns have the second-ranked recruiting class according to ESPN and rivals.com.
Because Texas has had verbal commits from their recruits for so long, they will not be scrambling at the last minute to sign the top talent.
Here are the top 10 recruits that will sign their letters of intent come National Signing Day 2011:
This 6'3", 190-pound quarterback is a great pickup for the Longhorns.
He is a pocket passer with enough athleticism to scramble.
In his senior season at Belton (TX), he completed over 60 percent of his passes and threw for a whopping 41 touchdowns.
Mack Brown will be hoping that current quarterback Garret Gilbert will be able to mentor the 11th-best high school prospect into the eventual starter, for which he has ample tools.
This 6'0", 180-pound cornerback out of Dulles High School is the 13th-ranked cornerback according to ESPN.
He will join a secondary that struggled to stop the pass in 2010, allowing opponents an average of 232 yards per game through the air.
Mack Brown will have to decide where Evans fits in positionally. He is known for his speed, but at just 180 pounds, he could get pushed around by receivers.
Wherever he plays, this defensive back will eventually become an impact player.
At 6'6", 285 pounds, Greenlea has room to pack on the muscle.
He is tall for a lineman, which should play in his favor.
He recently suffered a knee injury which may force him to redshirt, but look for this kid to become one of the top linemen at Texas before the end of his collegiate career.
Scott is the second of three defensive backs that are in the top 10 Texas recruits this year. Clearly Mack Brown addressed what he saw to be a problem.
ESPN ranks Scott as the sixth-best cornerback in the nation. Clearly the kid has some skills.
Known for his speed and athleticism, Scott could help bolster a weaker Texas secondary as early as his freshman season.
Another great local recruit for Mack Brown, Sedrick has the size to be a dominant offensive guard at the collegiate level.
At 6'3", 275 pounds, he is predicted to have a productive career at Texas.
His scouting report says that he needs work at pass blocking, but that his run blocking abilities are there. This weakness could mean that he doesn't step into a starting role right away.
Coming from Millwood High School in Oklahoma, Josh Turner has the potential to be a big-time playmaker.
At 5'11", 180 pounds, he has a lot of room to put on muscle. Although his game is all about speed and quickness, it will improve greatly with some muscle.
Look out for this kid in the future if he is able to put on some weight. He has the potential to be one of Texas' most skilled defensive backs.
According to ESPN, Edmond is the fourth-ranked linebacker in his class. With that type of pedigree, he could see some playing time in his first season with the Longhorns.
The Longhorns have holes to fill at linebacker and Edmond might be their man.
Get to know this 6'2", 225-pound blue-chip player, because you might be seeing a lot of him in the years to come.
Don't let the goggles fool you. This kid can play.
In high school, Jackson was known for bullying opposing offensive linemen. He would consistently get into the backfield and create plays.
This ability has earned him the fourth-best DT ranking according to ESPN.
At 6'1", 273, he may be a little undersized for a collegiate defensive tackle. Regardless, Jackson has the skills to be an impact player at Texas.
Quandre Diggs definitely has the best name on the list, and maybe even in all of college football.
With a 5'10 frame and weighing in at 190 pounds, Quandre will most likely be playing corner back at Texas.
He threw 117 passes in his senior season at Angleton (TX) High School, but really succeeded on the other side of the ball.
His athleticism is near the top of the charts, and ESPN gave him the No. 1 cornerback ranking. He has the tools and the physique to step in as a freshman and make an impact.
Quandre Diggs. Shouldn't be too hard to remember that name.
Malcolm Brown is clearly the top recruit to commit to Texas from the class of 2011. He is a big, strong running back who also happens to have lightning speed.
It looks like the running back position is up for grabs at Texas next season, and this guy could potentially fill the role. He will definitely get his carries, especially in short-yardage situations.
At 6'0", 215 pounds, think Toby Gerhart of the Minnesota Vikings, but faster.
With the most potential to be an immediate impact, Malcolm Brown is sure to make a name for himself with the Longhorns.