The Longhorns now have six defensive ends on roster for the 2013 season, and one of those six — Jackson Jeffcoat — is considered an early-entry candidate. Sure, there are some other potential solutions on roster. Though he struggled at the position at a recent camp, Jake Raulerson could start his career off on that side of the ball. And a linebacker like Kendall Thompson could also conceivably move up, or tight end Caleb Bluiett could move back over to end, once considered his natural spot.
But barring those moves, Texas needs not just an end, but an experienced body at end in case Jeffcoat does leave early. And that points to Trinity Valley Community College end Kewan Alfred. The Longhorns sit in a good spot with Alfred should they choose to offer.
Here's the question: should Texas land Alfred, do they need to add another end in this class? Torrodney Prevot is a best-case scenario, but he might not be able to bulk up to a full-time end spot. And the dropoff to any other in-state end is considerable. This is a poor year for defensive end talent in-state, especially after getting past the top player or two.
That isn't the case for 2014, which is why it might make sense to take Alfred, continue trying on Prevot, and shut the rest down in 2013. Texas sits in a great spot with Coppell strong-side end Solomon Thomas, and San Antonio Brennan weak-side end Derick Roberson. Both are arguably top-five players in the state in next year's class. And the depth behind them is considerable. So the possibility exists that the Longhorns could largely forego taking any high school ends in this class, only to load up in 2014.