But the Longhorns hit back in a major way Sunday, securing a commitment from Kennedy Estelle, the top in-state lineman and arguably the most important player left on the Longhorns' recruiting board. Estelle was vital for a number of reasons. First, the Longhorns are short enough on pure tackles that Trey Hopkins, a high-level guard, is starting at left tackle this season. Second, Estelle's vast potential is such that some people around the state thought that he was the best offensive line prospect in the Lone Star State in years.
Estelle is somewhat raw still, but there's no doubting his elite frame and athleticism. When paired with athletic tackle Camrhon Hughes, the Longhorns have a pair of bookends who could start together for several years. Add in mauling offensive guard Curtis Riser, and the Longhorns have addressed an offensive line position that has seen an influx in players and talent over the past few seasons.
Still, don't expect Texas to sit on the Estelle commitment. There's still room for another offensive lineman in this class, particularly if the Longhorns can reel in out-of-staters like Andrus Peat or John Theus.
But at least now, Longhorn fans can breathe easy that Texas has taken care of its biggest need at offensive tackle.
Stay tuned to Scout.com for Estelle's thoughts on his decision.