AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 5: Fans watch the pre-game show before the start of the NCAA Big 12 game between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 5, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
Texas didn't bring in quite its preferred haul on Junior Day this time around.
The Texas Longhorns held their annual Junior Day on Sunday, coming away with empty nets despite offering ten. In the past, they've used the event to bring in a third of a darn class all at once, but seem to be following the pace set in 2011, when they only had a couple of commits by this point. EVERYBODY PANIC, they only ended up with a top-five recruiting class in 2012.
The ten they did offer: tight end Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas/Belton), defensive back/running back Kyle Hicks (Arlington, Texas/Martin), wide receiver Ra'Shaad Samples (Dallas/Skyline), quarterback Tyrone Swoops (Whitewright), running back Dontre Wilson (De Soto), Dallas Jesuit (Jake Oliver), receiver Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy), offensive lineman Darius James (Harker Heights), offensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson (Fort Worth Arlington Heights) and defensive tackle Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimbell). Reports have the four -- and many others -- showing interest, so there's certainly no cause for panic EVERYBODY PANIC.
Horns blog Burnt Orange Nation is not panicking, but is dubbing the day Black Christmas 2:
Whether it's a result of kids taking more time to make their decisions, taking more visits to become more sure of their eventual pledge, or the result of three strong recruiting classes in previous years leaving a stacked depth chart in front of most 201, the end result is the same. It's even possible that after years of being accused of pressuring kids into early pledges, that Mack Brown is telling recruits to go home and talk over the decision with their family before committing.