Texas has come a ways since the Charlie Strong era. The already struggling roster was quickly gutted with suspensions and transfers, and some considerable Mack Brown mistakes were compounded by Strong’s initial choices with offensive staffing. However, thanks to Strong's eye for talent and some of the recruiting and development by later add-ons such as Jeff Traylor, Jay Norvell, and Matt Mattox, Texas was able to rebuild the infrastructure of the roster.
Texas’ 2021 class is ranked No. 17 by multiple recruiting services. Nineteen members sent in their letters of intent on Wednesday, but there are remaining needs in the class to be filled between now and the February signing day. Longhorns head coach Tom Herman said Wednesday he has nine spots available. Positions requiring reinforcements include offensive line, defensive end, cornerback, running back, and wide receiver.