And Texas has already taken a big chunk out of that offensive line cookie, with the Longhorns already landing three commitments, including the consensus No. 1 offensive lineman in the state. That sort of performance was necessary after a weak in-state year in 2014 that saw Texas (so far) land just one offensive lineman in center Terrell Cuney.
But the Longhorns put together elite groups in 2012 — Kennedy Estelle, Camrhon Hughes, Curtis Riser, and JUCO Donald Hawkins — and 2013 — Kent Perkins, Darius James, Rami Hammad, Jake Raulerson and JUCO Desmond Harrison — meaning that 2014 was never going to be a make-or-break class. Add to that the relatively low number of top-notch OL players* and it was OK for the Longhorns to essentially take a one-year break between big classes.
* In the LonghornDigest.com Texas Top 50, just one offensive lineman, Fort Worth All Saints offensive guard Demetrius Knox, was ranked in the state's top 25 players.
But a two-year break can't become a massive gulf, and that's precisely what would have happened had offensive line coach Stacy Searels not been on his game in 2015. If 2014 was a weak year, 2015 makes up for it both in elite players and in the pure depth through the offensive line class. Consider this: as of the end of June, the Longhorns only offered three in-state linemen for 2014 … Knox, Cuney and Zach Ledwick. In 2015, a class that is a year further away, the Longhorns have already offered six in-state lineman, and have commitments from three of them.
The biggest catch so far is undoubtedly Keller's Maea Teuhema. Teuhema is more than just huge (6-5 335); he has the feet and length to be an excellent offensive tackle in pass-protection. But Teuhema's size and strength remain his best assets, and he's tremendously capable of blowing open holes in the run game.
So, too, is fellow offensive line commitment Aaron Garza of Sherman. An interior player through-and-through, Garza (6-3 307) is a block of mass who moves well enough to pull and trap. He projects as the kind of right guard that teams can line up and run behind.
And commitment Connor Lanfear (6-5 262) of Buda Hays has a versatile body that could fit up-and-down the line as needed. As these players begin to play their junior years, Lanfear is certainly somebody who could be on the rise.
The Longhorns have four other offers out to offensive linemen, two to guards — Zach Rogers (6-2 295) of Lewisville Hebron and Patrick Vahe (6-3 290) of Euless Trinity — one to an out-of-state tackle in star Mitch Hyatt (6-6 265) of North Gwinnett (Ga.) and one to a swing player in Rockwall Heath's Trevor Elbert. Hyatt is the best of the bunch, but will be a pain to try and pull from SEC country. Vahe is arguably a top-15 to top-20 type player in-state, and Texas is his likely destination. Elbert earned his offer by excelling at the Longhorns' camp, while Rogers appears to be headed elsewhere.
It's awfully early, but Searels has put himself in position to snag another elite offensive line group, one that would help to counter the small 2014 class and continue the Longhorns' recent tradition of recruiting well at that position.