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How Texas, Michigan and others will fix weaknesses with 2020 recruits

Texas ranks 119th in yards allowed per game and 126th in pass yards per game among all FBS teams. The Longhorns are recruiting to address their holes on defense. John Rivera/Icon Sportswire

Recruiting is how college football coaches fill deficiencies in their depth charts, or help push their teams forward to the level of play they are trying to build toward.

Coaches have been working tirelessly to fill future holes and build the level of competition, all leading up to the early signing period in December. Some have done a better job than others, some are still working to fill their needs and some are making strides on the field while adding future impact players on the recruiting trail.

Here is a look at several teams bringing in some future help through the 2020 recruiting classes and how they're going to improve through their recruiting efforts.

Texas: Defense

The Longhorns' defense has had some issues this season and ranks 119th in yards allowed per game, 113th in yards per play, 71st in rush yards per game and 126th in pass yards per game among all FBS teams.

The coaches focused heavily on defense in the 2018 class, signing nine ESPN 300 defensive recruits, including B.J. Foster, Caden Sterns and DeMarvion Overshown. There were only four such recruits in the 2019 class, and in an unfortunate situation, ESPN 300 linebacker signee DeGabriel Floyd was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and ruled out for the 2019 season.