Texas needed a strong guard in this class, and the Longhorns looked at multiple options, like Caleb Benenoch, before plucking Rami Hammad. But Hammad is far from a consolation prize. Scout.com has Hammad ranked as the No. 10 offense guard in the 2013 class, and he's somebody who already has tremendous size at at 6-5 320 and the mindset and game to blow open holes in the running game.
The one-time Oklahoma State and Baylor commitment is fresh off an outstanding week at the Semper Fi Bowl, where he impressed Scout.com National Analyst Greg Biggins by showing that he's more than a one-dimensional brawler in the trenches.
"He moves really well," Biggins said. "It is all about pass protection and he looks like a natural -- knee bend, (long) arms -- all that stuff (you are looking for)."
Hammad's commitment is certainly something to get excited about individually, but when placed on the more macro scale of the last two Texas recruiting classes, it speaks to the job that the Longhorns have done on the recruiting warpath to get offensive line coach Stacy Searels his kind of dominant players.
Hammad is the nation's No. 10 offensive guard, but that hardly makes him unique when put against the framework of the last two classes. In fact, the Longhorns signed three high-schoolers in the 2012 class, and now have three high-school commitments in the 2013 class, and all six were ranked in the top 10 at their position by Scout.com.
Curtis Riser, No. 2 offensive guard
Kennedy Estelle, No. 7 offensive tackle
Camrhon Hughes, No. 10 offensive tackle
Donald Hawkins, JUCO offensive tackle
Darius James, No. 1 center
Kent Perkins, No. 2 offensive tackle
Rami Hammad, No. 10 offensive guard
Desmond Harrison, JUCO offensive tackle
So far, it appears that both JUCO players are hits. Hawkins immediately locked down the starting job at left tackle in 2012, and Harrison was recruited to do the same in 2013, while also pushing Hawkins into another starting spot on the line. But underneath that immediate buoy, the Longhorns have done an outstanding job of building a wave of high school help. Prior to Hammad's commitment, most of that help had come at tackle, with three offensive tackles, one center and just one other offensive guard in Curtis Riser. But Hammad means that the Longhorns are equal parts tackles and interior linemen over the last two high school crops.
Obviously, the Longhorns aren't finished recruiting linemen, with 2014 looking like another class with at least three high school players. But if the 2012 and 2013 classes are any indication, Texas will continue to stockpile the kind of young talent Searels needs to put together an elite line.