Zach Shackelford Official Visit Preview with Texas

The Texas Longhorns are sitting with 13 verbal commitments for the class of 2016. Texas will sign a full class when National Signing Day finally arrives the first Wednesday in February.

Head Coach Charlie Strong and the rest of the Texas Longhorns coaching staff are about to embark on an epic journey to NSD.  Over the next 23 days, Texas fans will see numerous high school football players make their pledge to join the Longhorn Nation.  Texas will sign somewhere in the neighborhood of 12-14 more players for the class of 2016.


January 16th, 2016 could be a monumental official visit weekend for Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns. Texas could host as many as 23 recruits combined with official, unofficial visits and early enrolle players.  The next player tentatively scheduled for the 16th is offensive standout Zach Shackelford. 


Zach Shackelford will make his official visit with Texas this weekend.  He has been talked about across message boards by Texas fans as much as any recruit over the last several months.  With the offensive line position such a high priority, this would be a great accomplishment for Charlie Strong and the rest of the Texas coaching staff.  Shackelford has been a Kansas State verbal commitment since August 24th, 2015.  Texas has their work cut out for them, but I like the plan in place.  Zach Shackelford is one to watch this weekend.


Inside the Numbers


Class 2016

Kansas State Verbal Commitment

Belton (Texas)

Belton High School

6-foot-4, 290-pounds

Offensive Guard

Position Rank No 34

Midland OG Rank No 7

Texas OG Rank No 7 Take


Shackelford plays outside as a left tackle for his high school team, but likely projects best at the P5 level to a guard position. Plays with overt aggression. Tenacious player who plays through the whistle. Vigorously finishes blocks, especially in the run game. Because of playing experience, possibly position-versatile as OG or OT. Sometimes bends at the waist. Will be even better with improved foot quickness and pad level consistency. - G. Brooks 


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