Powers' Press: UT Recruiting

Scout.com National Analyst Greg Powers offers some quick thoughts on Longhorns recruiting...


Recruiting Trends

  • One trend I have noticed with defensive linemen so far with this staff is that they have targeted 'long' defensive linemen or seemed to lean towards preferring them. It is easy to notice it with the current class. All three current defensive line commits. **** DT Du'Vonta Lampkin (6'4, 307), *** DE Charles Omenihu (6'4, 230), *** DE Louis Brown (6'6, 210) are all three guys who not only possess good size, but also plus range in comparison to the typical front four prospects. Seeing two of the three already in person -- Lampkin and Omenihu -- I can tell you that they both have the ability to use that size to their advantage against the run, pulling in tackles as RBs try to make something happen at the LOS. I like the versatility of all three of these guys, but I tend to think that they all fit better in a 4-3 look up front -- the one exception possibly being Brown.

  • How about this trend... Five of Texas' last eight commits are from out of state. (Collin Johnson, Kirk Johnson, Zach Gentry, Garrett Thomas, John Burt) and are from four different states. The 2015 class already has players committed from five different states. It may not be that big of a deal in all actuality, but think about this. To put that type of recruiting melting pot together with Mack Brown's classes you'd have to use every signing class from 2009-2013.

  • Fans are happy that the Horns have inched towards the top 10, but you should keep in mind that UT had the top-rated class in the Big 12, before any of these commits happened. The Class of 2014 was the first time that Texas did not finish first or second in conference recruiting rankings on Scout (It finished third behind Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) and we do not expect that stat to be a trend at all, especially considering the latest flurry of commitments. Louis Brown switched from in-conference rival Baylor. John Burt was a highly targeted player from the talent rich state of Florida, bringing some of his Southeastern speed to Austin, and Du'Vonta Lampkin was once committed to the Horns most hated rival -- Oklahoma

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