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Longhorns' Acho brothers don’t fit Texas prep mold

JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press Published: September 10, 2009

/> Sam Acho can play tackle and end. The Longhorns expect he can be a top pass rusher as opponents concentrate on protecting quarterbacks from Sergio Kindle, who doubles as a linebacker and defensive end.

Jeremy Crabtree, a Big 12 recruiting analyst for, said while Texas private schools produce far less talent, the top players easily stand out.

"When they are at that level and they are really true blue chip prospects, they stand out like a sore thumb. They easily dominate,” private school competition, Crabtree said.

"The Achos did that,” Crabtree said.

The Longhorns beat back a host of suitors for the Achos.

"(Sam Acho) was recruited by everybody, USC, Virginia, Oklahoma” Brown said, adding he’ll take athletes from any public or private school if he’s good enough.

The Acho family enrolled the brothers in St. Mark’s when they were in elementary school and dreamed of Ivy League destinations for college.

By high school, however, it was clear they had blossomed physically into big-time football recruits. Sam Acho’s first recruiting letter came from nearby TCU when he was just a sophomore.Harvard, Stanford and Dartmouth had been possible destinations, but Sam Acho chose Texas, where he tested out of 26 college hours in foreign language, calculus and rhetoric before he got to campus. He is now a business honors student.

"That guy is a genius,” Kindle said. "A big head with a big brain in it.”