How will Mack Brown react to the decommitments?
Daeshon Hall has become the second player to decommit from Texas' 2013 recruiting class. Find out what led to Hall's decision to review his future.
For the Texas Longhorns, keeping their recruits has become as difficult as acquiring them.
Last Thursday, defensive lineman Daeshon Hall became the second Texas recruit this spring to decommit from the University's football program.
Hall, a three-star recruit from the outskirts of Seattle, Washington, told ESPN that his decision (or indecision, rather) was based on not knowing if he wanted to leave his home area to pursue his college career.
The Washington State native also dropped his commitment to play for Team USA due to an ankle injury.
For Hall, the decision to pull out of his Texas commitment seems tied to his inability to decide where he would like to play football.
According to Hall, Texas still remains high on his list as he makes his final decision, and so it may be considered more preemptive than reaction.
But still, the second decommit for the Longhorns this off-season brings about serious questions as to the quality of recruit the Longhorns are attracting as well as the quality of the overall recruiting going forward.
The Longhorns have faced a rocky few seasons of missed opportunities and failed expectations after their BCS National Championship loss, in part due to various indecisiveness at key positions, including Quarterback, and now enter a 2012 season where questions remain.
What set the Longhorns apart in the mid-to-late 2000s was their ability to make the right recruiting decisions for their teams at the time. It was how they were able to successfully mine Vince Young, Jamaal Charles, Colt McCoy and the Shipleys over other top recruits who were not always as successful in their collegiate careers.
But as we've rolled into the 21st centuries second decade, its clear that recruiting hot streak for Mack Brown and company has come to a worrisome halt.
This is the same team who, shortly after successfully landing Young and later Colt McCoy, whiffed on recruiting opportunities with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, and now go into the 2012 season having not just lost a three-star recruit from Seattle, but also highly ranked wideout prospect Ricky Seals-Jones as well.
What does this mean going forward? Well, for the Longhorns current recruiting class, it means they go into the upcoming season without a bonafide defensive end recruit in their line-up.
In the long term, it serves as a reminder that Texas has a lot of work to do in order to maintain the good will and prestige its regained in the last ten years for its football program. Unfortunately for Texas football and its fans, that can be a hard lesson to learn.