Recapping Texas’ 2015 Recruiting Class

Charlie Strong's Longhorns ended up big winners when the National Signing Day dust had settled, taking home the #11 class in the nation and the top recruiting class in the Big 12.

Six players had enrolled early, including the Longhorns' top prospect - LB Malik Jefferson (check out his jaw-dropping highlights here). Jefferson is no doubt the biggest name in this recruiting class, and he should have an immediate impact next season.

After Jefferson, there are still quite a few big names headed to Texas. Anthony Wheeler is the #7 OLB in the Class of '15, and while he isn't as highly-rated as Jefferson, he can still have a major impact sooner rather than later. RB Chris Warren ended up being the top running back in this class when Soso Jamabo picked UCLA, but Warren is no slouch - the #8 RB in this recruiting class, he rushed for 34 touchdowns and nearly 2400 yards as a high school senior.

The Longhorns also landed three 4-Star cornerbacks and a 4-Star safety - Holton Hill, Kris Boyd and Davante Davis will add immediate depth at the CB position, and they'll be important contributors in years to come. Safety DeShon Elliott also has the potential to help right away.

Elsewhere, 4-Star center Patrick Vahe will shore up the Longhorns' offensive line, and 4-Star WR tandem John Burt and Ryan Newsome will add size and speed to the Texas receiving corps. TE Devonaire Clarington is a big, physical blocker with great hands, and LB Cameron Townsend is also one to watch for the future.

Versatile athletes Kai Locksley, DeAndre McNeal and Kirk Johnson all have high ceilings as well, although it's still unclear exactly where and how Charlie Strong will utilize them going forward.

Overall, this class is packed with solid, highly coachable players, and these are all high-character young men who coach Strong sees as good fits for the kind of program he's trying to build. It's impossible to label this class a success so early in the game, but the early signs are all very positive.


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