William Wilkerson ranks the Longhorns offensive positions in order of most important on the 2016 recruiting trail

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1. Offensive Line 

It doesn't matter how stocked the cupboard is, you can NEVER have too many offensive linemen. Ever. It's a top priority for any program in any recruiting cycle. 

Texas missed out on several of their first offers across the offensive line in 2016 but rebounded nicely with commitments from Denzel Okafor and Tope Imade. If UT can finish with at least one or a combination of Jean DelanceZach ShackelfordJ.P. Urquidez, and/or maybe one or two others you'd have to consider it a victory for new OL coach Matt Mattox. 

KSU commitment Zach Shackelford


2. Running Back 

Yes, the Longhorns are set at RB in 2016 with D'Onta Foreman, Chris Warren, Kirk Johnson and Tristan Houston. But, much like the OL, you simply can't have enough running backs. 

Texas doesn't have a commitment from a running back in this class but it is in the mix for several, including quite possibly the state's top back in Devwah Whaley, who recently de-committed from Georgia. The Longhorns are also recruiting newly minted state champion Kyle Porter as well as Lil'Jordan Humphrey, who could end up at a different position in college.

UT would take any of them but it would probably cause RB coach Tommie Robinson to do backflips if the Horns landed Whaley.




3. Tight End

I actually think that UT TE Caleb Bluiett is going to be one of the breakout players in the Big 12 next season, or at least he has the potential to be. But he'll be a senior next season and I'm just not sold on Andrew Beck being the pass-catching threat Texas has been missing at TE for years, and it's anyone's guess what kind of contributions the Horns will get from Blake Whiteley.

That said, the Longhorns have a golden opportunity to add some talent to the position, and take away a commitment from a rival, in Texas A&M verbal pledge Irvin Smith. He recently came on an official visit with his teammate and 2016 UT TE commitment Peyton Aucoin, and was said to have been impressed with his visit. 

The Longhorns do have TE coach Jeff Traylor spear-heading his recruitment, which is great news for Texas. Smith has the ability to stretch the field vertically and can also block. He'd be a nice pick-up to go along with Aucoin. 




4. Quarterback

I think the Longhorns are fine with Shane Buechele.

He's solid, a winner, well-respected, and, annnnddd, an early-enrollee, which is huge for any quarterback. 

I don't see Texas pursuing Kyler Murray. Buechele in 2016 and Sam Ehlinger in 2017 is a duo that many programs would love to have. 

There could be a JUCO QB or a graduate transfer out there for the taking, but at this stage of the recruiting process it would take a lot for Sterlin Gilbert and Co. to get that player on board and enrolled early. You'd likely be looking at a summer transfer, which would mean that QB would have just a few months to get to know the playbook before fall camp. 

© Greg Powers



5. Wide Receiver

The Longhorns have commitments from Collin JohnsonReggie Hemphill-Mapps and Davion Curtis. That's legit. 

They'd take commitments from a select few targets but, at this point, with players like John Burt, Ryan Newsome, and DeAndre McNeal just warming up, I'd save that scholarship for another position. 




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