Big 12 tipping point recruiting class: Texas Longhorns

Charlie Strong has focused on upgrades at the skill positions, and signing Shane Buechele will go a long way in addressing those needs. Keith Arterburn/unlimitedfreelance.com

Looking at the RecruitingNation class rankings, Texas fans have to scan down the list quite a ways -- and past Lone Star State recruiting rivals Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU and Texas Tech -- to find their beloved Longhorns at No. 39. Seeing Texas there at the start of the football season is something Longhorns fans haven’t quite grown accustomed to yet, especially with the way Mack Brown used to dominate the recruiting wars.

However, Charlie Strong has brought an “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” recruiting mentality to the Forty Acres, and the final results in the 2015 class left many Horn fans smiling. But still, with so many in-state rivals recruiting well out of the gate in the 2016 class, and the expectations of top-10 classes in Austin, it sets up for an interesting six months for the Longhorns. Here’s a closer look at Texas, a team that could go either way, depending on how its season plays out.