With Stacy Searels at the helm, the Longhorns have gone about changing not just the size and athleticism of the players they had in stock — compare the way Camrhon Hughes is built to the players in the program circa 2010 — but also the culture. Almost all of the players that Searels has landed have had a reputation for a nasty streak and have been plus players at paving the way for their running backs.
That tradition continued Thursday when Texas landed a commitment from arguably the state's top offensive lineman so far for 2015. Tristan Teuhema is an oversized (read: 6-4.5 350) tackle prospect who is better-than-expected in pass protection but is an elite mauler capable of blowing opponents off the ball. He's a great fit for Texas's zone-running scheme, as he can take the person in front of him and drive him to create gaps. He also shows the ability to get to, and make blocks at, the second level, something highly unusual for a guy of his size.
But with the offensive line, all too often, it's not just about acquiring talent, but acquiring depth of talent. And these are the offensive tackles Texas has inked in the 2012 and 2013 classes: Hughes, Kennedy Estelle, Donald Hawkins, Kent Perkins, Desmond Harrison. Hawkins and Harrison are JUCO players, but the other three, Hughes, Estelle and Perkins, were all blue-chip prospects coming out of high school. Adding Teuhema to that mix, and in 2015 Texas may very well have four offensive tackles on roster who were the No. 1 or No. 2 tackle prospect in the state in their respective classes (Estelle and Hughes were 1-2 in 2012, whereas Perkins was No. 1 in 2013).
But landing Teuhema also has another benefit — the state is low on elite-level offensive tackle prospects (or even offensive line prospects in general) in the Class of 2014, making it that much more important that Texas perform well in the 2015 class. And with commitments already in hand from Teuhema and Aaron Garza, who projects on the interior, the Longhorns have already struck two major blows in a recruiting season still more than a year off.