I really like what the Longhorns have accomplished so far with their OL commitments in Denzel Okafor and Tope Imade. I think both players are a little under-valued nationally and both show the promise, feet, and agility you like to see in young linemen. However, as is the case with any recruiting class, you can never, ever have enough beef upfront. Ever. It's a priority of every program in the country every season, which is why Jean Delance is of the utmost importance for Texas.
Delance is a certified boss and a player I believe would challenge for a starting position for UT the moment he'd arrive in Austin. Texas is going to need a new LG, C and RT in 2016. I could see Delance fitting perfectly at RT [even though he's a LT right now I believe he could adjust].
The idea of having Connor Williams, Patrick Vahe and Jean Delance on the offensive line for seasons to come would be monumental for Texas. And it would give Charlie Strong, Matt Mattox and Co. a much-needed victory from a Day 1 target on the offensive line, something that hasn't exactly gone their way so far.
If you polled Longhorns fans right now asking them which position is the biggest "need" in 2016 I believe you'd see the majority vote for defensive tackle. After not securing a signing from a DT in 2015 that actually made it to UT, it is absolutely necessary that UT secures commitments from at least a couple of bonafide studs at this position. That means that D'Andre Christmas-Giles is highlighted, starred, and underlined on any recruit list in Texas' football facilities.
DCG is one of the hottest recruits in the country these days and seems to be picking up a new offer every other day. The Longhorns got in before a lot of others did, which excited him. He told HD several weeks ago that Texas was his clear-cut No. 2 school behind Tennessee, a school he was committed to until he de-committed following his official visit to Texas on Dec. 12.
He's gone pretty quiet lately so it's hard to get a good read on him. He's picked up some big-time offers lately, including from in-state LSU. Brick Haley, Jeff Traylor and Co. need to get him to Austin. The Longhorns need depth in the worst way at DT in 2016. Gerald Wilbon is a start but Texas needs to get DCG and at least one more.
Brandon Jones is a must-get for several reasons. First and foremost, the dude is legit and would supply the Longhorns with another play-maker in the back of their secondary to go along with INT machine Dylan Haines and rising studs DeShon Elliott and P.J. Locke. I don't see there being anyway he wouldn't play right away for Texas in 2016.
But getting him would also mean that Texas was able to keep him away from Texas A&M. That's always big.
Much like linemen, running backs are a position you simply can't have enough of. Even though Texas has three really good ones returning in 2016 [D'Onta Foreman, Chris Warren and Kirk Johnson, as well as redshirt Tristian Houston] the need to stockpile talent for Sterlin Gilbert is huge, which makes Devwah Whaley as important as any recruit left out there.
Whaley is arguably the top running back in Texas and his recent de-commitment from Georgia means the Longhorns are right back in the mix. Keep in mind that he and UT commitment Davion Curtis - also a one-time UGA pledge - are good friends.
The Longhorns are building some nice depth at linebacker but getting someone of Dontavious Jackson's caliber would be an absolute home run for Brian Jean-Mary, Strong and Texas' coaching staff.
It's going to be tough as DJ is considering some of the top programs in the country - Alabama, Michigan, Florida State, OU, UCLA, and LSU among others. But he's got virtually UT's entire staff going after him as well as several Longhorns [Malik Jefferson chief among them].