I talked to Alabama running back Trent Richardson after the Doak Walker Awards banquet Saturday night at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas and we got to talking about the Texas-Alabama national championship game.
He said Texas was his favorite team growing up and he had interest in going there as a five-star recruit out of Escambia High School in Pensacola. But the Longhorns told him they had a committment from Chris Whaley of Class 3A Madisonville and they were taking only on running back in that class.
Of course, Whaley is now a defensive tackle/end, while Richardson is a two-time national champion, the 2011 winner of the Doak Walker Award for being the best running back in the nation and now on his way to being a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The Longhorns have turned things around in running back recruiting the past couple of years inking five-star backs Malcolm Brown and Jonathan Gray in 2011 and 2012, respectively. But they certainly made a huge, regrettable mistate in 2009 in not even offering Richardson.