That put a huge amount of pressure on the Longhorns to make the 2014 class one to remember at the end position to try and make up a bit. It started well, with the Longhorns luring one of the state's top pass-rushers in Derick Roberson. Then Texas added one of the state's top power ends in Abilene's Jake McMillon.
But with the Longhorns looking to take four ends in this class, and saving one of those four spots for top defensive end Solomon Thomas, it was important to finish off the other spot with a bang. Texas did just that with the commitment of Sione Teuhema, a three-star defensive end who has some serious upside as a pass-rusher because of his frame and athleticism.
Not only does that make Teuhema a great prospect for the future — LSU and Oklahoma, among others, also coveted the three-star defensive end — but it also makes him a perfect complement to Thomas to close out this class. McMillon is a classic strong side defensive end. Teuhema and Roberson are weak side ends. And Thomas is another strong side end, but one with superior tools to those that McMillon has. With the commitment of Teuhema, that allows Texas to focus the bulk of its attention on Thomas moving forward, secure in the fact that the Longhorns already have a strong defensive end group.
Add those to the Longhorns' outstanding defensive end haul of 2013 — Shiro Davis, Bryce Cottrell and Caleb Bluiett — and the Longhorns have a bevy of young, talented ends that should keep the program moving in the right direction on the defensive front for years to come.