Heaps said Apo's impact in the Ole Miss game "was huge. We really needed him to step up and make some plays out there. Even if he didn't have a dominating game, it would be just fine. Realistically, you have to look at that this was his first football game in college football. He's a tremendous player with great physical abilities. He's going to be a great one here. It was great to see him respond the way that he did out there and he made some good plays, ran some good routes — he still made some mistakes that he needs to get corrected — but he did a great job. That really opens our offense up."
Mendenhall said Apo is "learning, growing, maturing. I think it's a nice reference point to start from. I certainly think he's capable. We'll just continue to learn and grow as we go."
For Brown, who has coached Texas since 1998, Apo is one recruit that got away. And he's let Mendenhall know that he hasn't forgotten it. The two men were at a social function when Brown told Mendenhall, "You stole one from us." That comment was made in jest, Mendenhall said.
"But most of the time when something like that is said, there's a little sting behind it," Mendenhall added. "But I'm glad Ross is with us."
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