February 8, 2007

Recruiting Overview: Breaking down the O

When Texas head coach Mack Brown met with the media on Wednesday to discuss the top five recruiting class that his Texas Longhorns had lassoed for the second consecutive year, one of his main points of emphasis was the overall balance of the class.

With no less than at least one four star prospect at every single position (except for kicker) on both sides of the ball, the Longhorns assured themselves that the influx of big-time talent would be injected into the program over the course of the next few months.

Still, did the Longhorns meet all of their needs in this class?

On the heels of a national championship season, Orangebloods.com takes a look at the Texas recruiting class position-by-position in an attempt to answer that very question. Here's a look at the offensive side of the ball.

Quarterback

Needs: One or two

Signings: (2) Mansfield Summit's John Chiles and Gilmer's G.J. Kinne

Overview: The Longhorns were certainly in the cat bird's seat when the recruiting process picked up in earnest last spring when they had both Texarkana Texas High's Ryan Mallett and Ocala, Florida's John Brantley listing the Longhorns as their pole sitter. The difference between the two players was that Brantley was ready to commit before Mallett and led to the Longhorns electing to take a chance on the kid from the Sunshine State. While the bad news for the Longhorns is that Brantley decided in December to back out of his commitment, the good news is that they landed two prospects at the position that possess the kind of talent to make Longhorns fans eventually that there was even a Florida prospect committed to them at one time.

Of the two prospects that signed with the Longhorns on Wednesday, Chiles is clearly the one with the most upside from an athletic standpoint. The national top 50 talent is a walking, talking highlight reel of a player, but he's at the beginning stages of his development as a quarterback. If Greg Davis can get him going in the right direction, Chiles has a chance to emerge as the best player in this class and the kind of talent that can take a program back to the national championship. Of course, the risk does exist that Chiles might not emerge as a top-flight quarterback and it's going to take some time before the final answer becomes clear.

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