Signing a top five class one year might be considered just a blip. Maybe even an aberration.
Back it up with another and it’s hard to deny a trend. That’s just what Mack Brown did in 2000.
After signing what was considered the top class in 1999, Brown pulled together the most hyped trio of recruits in Texas history, Sloan Thomas, Roy Williams and B.J. Johnson, as a part of what would wind up the No. 2 class in 2000.
History proved the trio had talent some talent -- Williams became a top-10 NFL Draft pick, Johnson would catch 16 touchdown passes in his Texas career and Thomas averaged 15.5 yards per catch. Those players helped Texas to a 41-10 record from 2000-2003, but they consistently fell short of Oklahoma and the goal of being in a BCS bowl game.
Still the Class of 2000 proved to be watershed because it showed that Texas, under Brown, would continue to be a force when it came to recruiting.
Most underrated: Jason Glynn
Maybe it is because offensive linemen are often overlooked. Or maybe it was because Glynn failed to make any all-state teams or any national recruiting lists. Either way Glynn was an afterthought in 2000. He was the other lineman. Lionel Garr was the big get. Garr became a backup while Glynn, who redshirted in 2000, became the key player on a line that would beat Michigan 38-37 in the 2004 Rose Bowl.
Glynn started all 38 games in his sophomore through senior seasons. In 2004, he led the way as Texas had six 300-yard rushing games.
Biggest gets: The WR trio -- Williams, Johnson and Thomas
Of the three, Thomas was considered the best prospect, but not by much. A 6-foot speedster who could stretch the field, Thomas was a Parade All-American as a senior at South Grand Prairie High. During his high school career he had more than 3,000 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns.
Williams, who turned out to be the most productive of the three, was recruited by everyone out of Permian High. But he was behind Johnson on most lists. That did not last at Texas. Williams had back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons as a junior and a senior. His 36 touchdown catches set a Texas record.
Thomas was a top five recruit in of Texas. Like the other two players, he lived up to his billing. At one point Thomas went seven consecutive games with at least 100 yards in receptions. He finished his Texas career with more than 4,100 all-purpose yards and 39 overall touchdowns.
Biggest bust: Marcel Moses
The defensive tackle was a top 100 player nationally and the top defensive tackle in the state. Moses was also another player from Texas City High School. Signing him meant continuing the pipeline from the talent-rich south Houston area school to Texas.
Moses never made it to campus. Grades forced him to go to Kilgore Junior College. He remained committed and wanted to return to Texas, but never made it.