Longhorns Sign First Two of 2012

Longhorns Sign First Two of 2012

Texas inked its first two players of 2012 when a pair of early enrollees faxed in their National Letters of Intent.

The first members of the Longhorns' 2012 recruiting class signed their National Letters of Intent with the Longhorns Wednesday, when Donald Hawkins and Brandon Moore faxed them in to the Texas staff.

Hawkins, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive tackle from Northwest Mississippi Community College, was an NJCAA All-American and arguably the top offensive line prospect in the JUCO ranks. He had offers from several schools, and was originally committed to Oklahoma State before switching his commitment to Texas earlier this month. Hawkins didn't allow a sack in two years of junior college ball, and said he was swayed by Mack Brown telling him he would play immediately, and the fact that he felt the Longhorns would be competing for a national title in 2012.

Brandon Moore, a 6-7 330-pound nose tackle from East Mississippi Community College, originally signed with Alabama out of high school and played as a true freshman. Moore, who actually played an end spot in Alabama's bigger 3-4 front, has excellent athleticism for his size. In high school, he once ran a 4.87 40-yard dash at 330 pounds. Current Texas defensive tackles coach and former Alabama assistant Bo Davis recruited Moore to Alabama.

The two signings double the number of JUCO signees under Texas coach Mack Brown. At least three high school players — quarterback Connor Brewer, offensive tackle Camrhon Hughes and linebacker Alex De La Torre — are also expected to enroll early.

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