2015 Defensive Tackle Recruiting Analysis

Texas tends to go back-and-forth on landing big defensive tackle classes.

In 2011, Texas had two tackles in the class, except that the number dropped when Quincy Russell failed to qualify, leaving just Desmond Jackson. In 2012, Texas went big-time, hauling in four defensive tackles and a fifth player in Hassan Ridgeway who grew into a defensive tackle. In 2013, despite a totally stacked year at the position, the Longhorns were shut out after A'Shawn Robinson chose Alabama at the 11th hour. And in 2014, the Longhorns have three commitments from defensive tackle prospects in Trey Lealaimatafao, Courtney Garnett and Jake McMillon.

All of which leads to 2015, which, if you believe in patterns, should be another light year at the position. And so far in 2015, with just two offers out to defensive tackles and a mediocre (at best) in-state class, it appears that the pattern will continue to be right on the money.

Don't get me wrong — the Longhorns would love to land a couple tackles in this class, particularly if they're big-time players. But Texas likely losing out of the state's top talent, Gladewater product and Longhorn offer Daylon Mack, makes that a difficult proposition. While anything can happen over the course of a long recruitment, Mack has said on several occasions that he prefers Aggie maroon to Longhorn burnt orange, and it seems like it's only a matter of time before he pulls the trigger for Texas A&M.

That leaves just one other player that Texas has offered at the position in 2015, DeSoto product Bryce English. At just shy of 5-foot-11, English is certainly on the short side. But he already weighs around 315 pounds, so putting on weight isn't a concern. And he has the strength and snap-jumping quickness to project at the next level if he can get a bit more height. DeSoto coach Claude Mathis rarely blows hot air about recruits, and he thinks English is the real deal.

If Texas can somehow get a hold of Mack, either by him drawing out his recruitment or the Longhorns flipping him down the road — and this would be VERY difficult — this class could be a pretty strong duo. But if not, don't be surprised if this tackle class, like the 2011 class and the 2013 ones before, remains a small one.


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