Big, big recruiting news out of Austin, as we head into the weekend: Major Applewhite and Mack Brown have landed their second blue-chip running back in as many classes, pulling in Jonathan Gray, a five-star 2012 prospect out of Aledo, Tex. Gray will be able to form a tandem with incoming freshman Malcom Brown to give Texas a powerful one-two punch at tailback, the likes of which haven't been seen at DKR in far too long, and Burnt Orange Nation is aflutter with glee:
Gray is the prototype -- low to the ground, possessing lateral and short-area quickness, as well as superlative vision both in tight spaces and in the open field to turn long runs into touchdowns.
More from BON on what this means for the mid- to long-term future of the Texas ground game:
The off-season addition of Bryan Harsin and a running scheme that will maximize the talents of the available backs, as well as giving the offensive linemen help with a bevy of tight ends, H-backs, and fullbacks should help push the Longhorns back to a place atop the national scene in the running game, exactly what an old-school coach like Mack Brown prefers.
In addition to being a valuable asset to the team in his own right, Gray is also a major recruiting trail coup for Applewhite, who snatched him away from offering programs like Arkansas, Auburn, and USC, as well as all the other big Texas hitters (Tech, TCU, and particularly A&M).