Rough spring practice aside, the Longhorns are actually in good shape on a long-term basis because of a strong trio of offensive line classes. Out of the 16 scholarship players on roster, 12 are sophomores or younger, and only two players are seniors. Texas has some especially strong talent in the younger classes like sophomores Mason Walters, Paden Kelley and Trey Hopkins, while freshman guard Sedrick Flowers headlines a strong, five-man offensive line class.
But as strong as the Longhorns are in the younger classes, there's somewhat of a dearth of high-level tackles. Freshman Josh Cochran could develop into one of those players, while fellow frosh Garrett Greenlea was highly regarded before suffering a season-ending injury. But as of now, Hopkins, a natural interior player, is the Longhorns' projected starter at left tackle. Additionally, Texas coach Mack Brown said he wished Texas would have landed another offensive lineman in last year's class, after Christian Westerman left the fold. That means, with two seniors, that Texas should probably take four players in this class, with pure tackles taking up at least two of those places.
AnalysisTexas cast a wide net in its search for tackles, and the full results haven't come in yet. The Longhorns did get a commitment from Camrhon Hughes, arguably the state's second-best tackle. Hughes has outstanding length and a wonderful left tackle frame to go with great athleticism. The other commitment came from Curtis Riser, the state's second-best interior prospect. But while those players make up a nice pairing, the Longhorns aren't finished yet. Texas sits incredibly well with in-state tackle prospect Kennedy Estelle, the state's top prize at the position. And the state's top guard, Michael Starts, is also said to favor the Longhorns. Texas has also shipped out offers to several out-of-staters, with varying results. The best shot might be Andrus Peat, if only because Longhorn commit Connor Brewer is hounding the fellow Arizona native to visit Austin. In-state center prospect John McGee came in for the spring game and left without an offer. He'll likely move on in his recruitment now.
Like several of the other positions, this one will likely wind up being an A. If Texas can lock down Estelle and Starts, that's at least an A- class, maybe better. In terms of raw talent, it would be better than last year's group, especially in terms of talented tackles. If the Longhorns could somehow also pull in Peat, or exchange Peat for one of the other two, it becomes an A+. Peat is one of the top two tackles in the country, and a top-five player nationally.