Offensive Line Trend for Texas?

There are plenty of changes happening on the Forty Acres under head coach Charlie Strong, including numerous offers out to out of state prospects. Scout takes an in-depth look at the seven out of state offensive linemen that hold an offer from the Horns with some insight from analyst Jason Higdon...

Another big change under head coach Charlie Strong: seven out-of-state offensive linemen have now picked up an offer from Texas.

What's the reason behind this new trend? Scout analyst Jason Higdon gives his take.

"Offensive line coach Joe Wickline is one of the very best at coaching and identifying offensive line talent. While Texas will always look in state first, Wickline will leave the state in certain situations.

"With Toby Weathersby, Patrick Vahe, and Ronnie Major all coming from the state of Texas, do not be surprised to see the Longhorns turn the heat up with a few players from across the borders. Wickline is looking for the very best offensive linemen to round out this class and if it means leaving Texas to find them he will."

Here's a closer look at the talent that could potentially play in the trenches for the Horns.


Name: Matthew Burrell

High School: Woodbridge (VA) C.D. Hylton

Size: 6-foot-6, 285

Position: Tackle

Ranking: 4-Star (#8 overall)

Commit status: Uncommitted. Burrell holds a multitude of offers including Alabama, Penn State, Virginia, LSU, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame.

Evaluation: "Burrell really fires off the football and is relentless at the point of attack. He is very strong and plays with good leverage. Along with his strength, Burrell is extremely athletic and gets to the second level of the defense with ease. He plays very hard and does a nice job finishing his blocks. Overall, he is special player and his best football is ahead of him," said regional recruiting analyst Michael Clark.


Name: Keenan Walker

High School: Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral

Size: 6-foot-6, 280

Position: Tackle

Ranking: 4-Star (#9 overall)

Commit status: Uncommitted. Offers include Arizona, Nebraska, Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Washingon, and Wisconsin.

Evaluation: "If you can find a nastier player in the country I would be shocked. Walker plays the game how it is supposed to be played. He plays through the echo of the whistle and treats every rep like he is in a bar brawl. At times this has worked against him, he was thrown out of a few games in 2013. He will also sacrifice technique and throw players down, a move that will get him holding calls in college. Walker has size, a frame to get bigger, good feet and athletic ability. A four-star player that has multiple offers, and I am shocked he doesn't have more because he is that good. If he can continue to improve his technique, Walker has NFL ability," said regional recruiting analyst Jason Jewell.


Name: Josh Wariboko

High School: Oklahoma City (OK) Casady School

Size: 6-foot-3, 305

Position: Guard

Ranking: 4-Star (#9 overall)

Commit status: Uncommitted. Was a longtime Oklahoma commit, but Wariboko just opened up his recruitment last week. Others he's considering include Texas, Texas A&M, Florida State, LSU, USC, Oregon State, with Oklahoma still in the mix.

Evaluation: "A powerful offensive guard prospect, who quite simply dominates the competition on the private school level. He has his way with defensive linemen, locking on and driving them all over the field. He has stepped up and performed well at camps and combines against top competition. He has quick feet and is massive. The combo allows him to be equally adept at pass and run blocking, making him a top shelf OG prospect," said national recruiting analyst Greg Powers.


Name: Tyler Carr

High School: Gadsden (AL) Southside

Size: 6-foot-5.5, 314

Position: Guard

Ranking: 4-Star (#18 overall)

Commit status: Uncommitted. Other offers he is considering include Alabama, Auburn, Georgia (recent leaders), Miami, Penn State, and Vanderbilt. Has said he will likely commit to a program this fall.


Name: George Brown

High School: Cincinnati (OH) Winton Woods

Size: 6-foot-6, 253

Position: Tackle

Ranking: 3-Star (#41 overall)

Commit status: Uncommitted. Brown holds over 40 offers and is considering programs including Auburn, Georgia Tech, USC, UCLA, Stanford, California, Michigan State. He has been recruited by Charlie Strong since he was at Louisville and the offer carried over to Texas, with an official offer coming in January. He has said he hopes to visit the Longhorns.


Name: Christian Gaylord

High School: Baldwin City (KS) Baldwin

Size: 6-foot-6, 270

Position: Tackle

Ranking: 3-Star (#35 overall)

Commit status: Committed to Nebraska. Gaylord picked up the Texas offer after committing to Nebraska, but it is highly unlikely he will waver from his decision to play football in the Big Ten.

Evaluation: "On the field, Gaylord is a physical player with true tackle potential. He is light on his feet for a big man and has good size to go along with some power. He is solid at the point of attack, but his best attribute may be his ability to fire out quickly and secure blocks on linebackers on the second level. Almost looks like a basketball player by how well he positions himself in front of quicker players. Keeps his feet moving and finishes."


Name: Dallas Warmack

High School: Atlanta (GA) Mays

Size: 6-foot-3, 290

Position: Guard

Ranking: 4-Star (#15 overall)

Commit status: Committed to Alabama. His older brother, Chance Warmack, is a Crimson Tide great and he has said that he is still "pretty strong" to Nick Saban and the team. Again, unlikely that Warmack will flip.


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