2012 Roster Shape
Mark Buchanan (senior), Luke Poehlmann (senior), Thomas Ashcraft (junior), Trey Hopkins (junior), Paden Kelley (junior), Kyle Kriegel (junior), Garrett Porter (junior), Mason Walters (junior), Dominic Espinosa (sophomore), Josh Cochran (sophomore), Taylor Doyle (freshman), Sedrick Flowers (freshman), Garrett Greenlea (freshman), Marcus Hutchins (freshman)
2012 Outlook: Still Searching
When Christian Westerman chose Auburn late in the 2011 class, Texas coach Mack Brown said that it left the Longhorns short one lineman for his liking. So even with a giant 2011 class that finished with five players, four of whom redshirted (Doyle, Greenlea and Hutchins, with Flowers set to receive an injury redshirt), Texas is in the process of upgrading both its numbers and the quality of talent along the line. That means another big class in 2012, with at least four players, and potentially five. Arik Armstead wants to start off on the defensive line, but would likely eventually be an offensive tackle. Texas is on the outer edges of the Andrus Peat recruitment. And Donald Hawkins represents a potential immediate upgrade. In Estelle and Hughes, Texas has a pair of hulking tackles with requisite athleticism. And Riser? Well he's just the top guard in the entire country, a perfect addition to Flowers in a young interior line group.