HD Roundtable: Must-Get 2016 Offensive Target

Question: Which 2016 offensive recruit do the Longhorns need to go after the hardest right now?

Gabe Brooks

I know he's already committed to Texas A&M -- and has been for about eight months -- but Allen five-star offensive tackle Greg Little would be my pick.

Yes, he's a longtime Aggie commit. Yes, he plays at a program that has been very Texas A&M-friendly in recent years. But Little said in December that he would probably take visits and not completely shut down everything regarding his recruitment. Any hint of daylight in a five-star prospect's recruitment is all the space you need to try to wiggle in there and create a wedge.

After all, Little is the consensus No. 1 player in Texas for the 2016 class. At 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, he's a prototype book-end tackle who already has experience playing the right and left sides. He's light on his feet and athletic. His frame can hold plenty more bulk and positive weight. Little is more advanced in his pass-blocking at this point, which is a good sign considering his run-blocking should really go through the roof as he gets stronger.

Greg Little is the No. 1 player in Texas for a reason. He would be the guy on that side of the ball I pinpointed to work as the spring progressed.

Annabel Stephan

I think Texas definitely should be going hard after a quarterback right now.

While I think Dwayne Haskins would be a big land, it will probably be more difficult to sway the Potomoc (MD) Bullis School four-star prospect Texas' way considering he is an out of state recruit.

I think it would be be big for Texas to nab a big in-state quarterback and Arlington (Texas) four-star Shane Buechele could be that guy.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect holds a handful of offers including Oklahoma, TCU, and Texas Tech, and there is obviously something in him that the Longhorns staff likes, as they have been pretty selective with their junior quarterback offers this far.

We've seen that classes tend to get built around a quarterback, and especially when you take into consideration how recruiting at the position unfolded in 2015, its important for the Horns to land their signal-caller early -- and keep him on board.

Greg Powers

I do not think there is little doubt that the No, 1 priority heading in to this class has to be Arlington (Texas) Lamar quarterback Shane Buechele.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound gunslinger is in the mold of what many UT fans have been clamoring for under center.

Although he does not have the frame or sheer size of a Tyrone Swoopes style QB he has the moxy, determination and quick read playmaking skills that are necessary to lead a program. For all of those reasons I think he is a key target.

Jason Higdon

Texas is going after a handful of offensive playmakers in 2016. The one thing they all have in common is the ability to create plays vertically down the field of play. They have already hit a homerun landing two of the premier wide receivers in the country with Collin Johnson and Reggie Hemphill. With eight of the top nine running backs in the country already pulling the trigger and six of the top 10 quarterbacks doing the same its vitally important Texas jumped out to a fast start at the wide receiver position.

Fans typically would like to know who is the No 1 offensive target on the board. Not just in 2016 but any given recruiting cycle. The truth of the matter is you will generally find numerous kids on each side of the ball that are all equally important and they all get recruited as hard as possible by the staff. Hemphill and Johnson would be two of those players and now Texas has the luxury of having them in the fold early in the recruiting season. Even though four have been offered, it’s too early to place this label on any quarterback Texas has offered and in fact it would not surprise me to see another signal caller end up in the class on NSD other than the ones with offers.

William Wilkerson

Shane Buechele.

The quicker they can lock up a quarterback in this class, the better. And, no, UT won’t have a Zach Gentry episode happen in 2016 where a QB commits early then switches late. Not happening.

Texas is likely only going to take one in this class and I think Buechele is the perfect candidate.

His measurables aren’t eye-popping, but his play-making ability, his arm strength, and his accuracy all are.

He’s got plenty of ties to Oklahoma and will be a big Sooners target, but he is as high on the Longhorns as any.

Get him in this class early – a la Brennen Wooten with TCU – and watch the rest of the offensive class develop around him in a big way.

Chip Brown

Quarterback. Quarterback. Quarterback.

Shane Buechele. Shea Patterson. Dwayne Haskins. Brennen Wooten.

Quarterback. Quarterback. Quarterback.

Did I mention quarterback?


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