Texas Trio: Offensive Tackles

Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M have all grabbed players considered among the state's top tackle prospects.

1) Kennedy Estelle, Pearland Dawson (undecided)

The "dancing bear" prototype that you look for in an offensive tackle. Estelle is massive, with long arms and quick feet. He destroys people in run blocking and has a powerful punch. Estelle stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 305 pounds, though he could stand to add a few more pounds. And get this — he could still use some technique work, so he's far from a finished product. Estelle is the no-doubt top offensive lineman in this year's in-state class, and he has the offers to prove it. Texas appears to be the front-runner, though the Longhorns will have to contend with schools like Auburn for his signature.



2) Camrhon Hughes, Killeen Harker Heights (Texas)

While Estelle's size and run blocking could land him at right tackle, Hughes appears to be a left tackle all the way. He's a great athlete for his size at 6-7 270, and he just needs to continue to work to add weight. He has the quickness to pull and get out on screens, and he stonewalls most defensive linemen as they try to get to the passer. Hughes had offers from most of the Texas schools, picking the Longhorns. He has great upside.



3) Christian Okafor, Houston Westbury (Texas Tech)

Okafor plays right tackle in high school, and he'll likely continue that role into college, thanks to his great size at 6-6 300 and fantastic short-area strength. He's better as a run blocker than he is as a pass blocker at this point, which makes him a great fit for Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech. Okafor displays a great ability to get into the defensive lineman's chest and move him backward.



Watch out for …

Certain coaches earn a high level of respect for their ability to evaluate a position. When Alabama coach Nick Saban offers a defensive back, you take notice. It's the same for Texas A&M head honcho Mike Sherman and offensive linemen. He has a good one in this year's class in Michael Wilson of Aledo, who paved the way for Johnathan Gray to rack up Playstation numbers. Another one to watch could end up opposite Okafor in Lubbock, Halapoulivaati Vaitai of Haltom. Vaitai has great feet and a nice frame, but could stand to add some weight.


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