2015 Defensive End Recruiting Analysis

Defensive end is always one of those positions that seems to have players emerge later in the process.

It's almost scientific — whenever you think a class is poor at defensive end, some random kid who was wide receiver-sized fills out to 215 or more pounds on a 6-foot-3 frame. That happened with Dallas Skyline's Victor Evans, a 2014 Texas target, who went from a linebacker at 6-3 205ish to one of the state's top defensive end prospects, quickly filling his body out to around 230 pounds.

The Longhorns are in on Evans for 2014, but if anything, the fact that he emerged later in the process should serve as a welcome respite for Longhorn fans who are worried about the appearance of a poor defensive end class in 2015. The Longhorns have offered just one in-state defensive end, james Lockhart (6-4 250) of Ennis, and while he's officially visited Texas, the general thought line is that he's headed to the SEC, either with Texas A&M or an out-of-state power like LSU or Alabama.

For now, that means the Longhorns are looking out-of-state. In May, Texas extended an offer to Lutheran-Orange County (Calif.) dynamo Keisean Lucier-South. Lucier-South has fantastic athleticism and a wonderful frame at 6-5 210, though he figures to have Pac-12 schools (and likely national schools) all over him. As always, with any out-of-stater, the key is whether Texas can get Lucier-South to visit Austin. Until he does, it's tough to call him more than a long shot.

Texas is also a long shot for offer Natrez Patrick (6-3 228) of Mays (Ga.). With offers from pretty much the entire SEC, and the home-state Bulldogs hot in pursuit, Texas doesn't figure to emerge with Patrick's signature, either.

The Longhorns currently have two defensive ends committed for 2014, and could add a pair more with guys like Evans and Solomon Thomas. Doing so would relieve a lot of pressure to find and land elite players in 2015. Though you never know … another Evans could be right around the corner.


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