Texas' struggles not affecting recruits

You won't find Texas in the Top 25, and you won't find it on the field in the postseason.

The 5-7 Longhorns didn't qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 1997, but Texas also has the nation's No. 1 recruiting class for 2011 headed to Austin, featuring 23 commitments -- including eight who rank among ESPN's top 150 for the 2011 class.

Jamie Newberg of ESPN got in touch with a few of Texas' top commits, and despite Texas' struggles, they sound optimistic.

A few selections:

Quandre Diggs, the nation's top cornerback, from Angleton, Texas: "It doesn't affect me at all," Diggs said. "I think in the long run it will make us better. You can't be on top all the time. That's how I look at things. Now, more than ever, I believe that I have an even better opportunity to come in and help out the team."

Desmond Jackson, a four-star defensive tackle from Houston: "This is my dream. I grew up always wanting to play for UT. I remember getting my first letter from Texas when I was a sophomore and I started running around my house and screaming. When they offered me I was so excited and thrilled that I don't even know how to explain it. Like I said, this is my dream."

This isn't all that surprising, and Texas has done well recruiting skill positions in the past two years, with receivers like Mike Davis and Darius White picking the Longhorns, and Malcolm Brown signing up with Mack Brown for 2011. But if Texas' offensive struggles continue next season, it'll be interesting to see if that changes.