Taking A Look at the Texas Board

Head Coach Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns are sitting with seven verbal commitments for the class of 2017 with the recent addition of Montrell Estell last week.

Joining Montrell Estell are Xavier Newman, Kobe Boyce, Lagaryonn Carson, Major Tennison, Sam Ehlinger and Damion Miller. Estell, Boyce, and Carson will start on the defensive side of the ball.  Newman, Tennison, Ehlinger, and Miller will start on the offensive side of the ball.  Texas fans can expect a class size around 20-22 players on National Signing Day.


On Board:


Montrell Estell


6-foot-2, 180-pounds

Hooks (Texas)

Hooks High School


Xavier Newman

Offensive Guard

6-foot-3, 275-pounds

DeSoto (Texas)

De Soto High School


Kobe Boyce


6-foot, 165-pounds

Lake Dallas (Texas)

Lake Dallas High School


Lagaryonn Carson

Defensive Line

6-foot-4, 261-pounds

Texarkana (Texas)

Liberty-Eylau High School


Major Tennison

Tight End

6-foot-6, 251-pounds

Bullard (Texas)

Bullard High School


Sam Ehlinger


6-foot-1 1/2, 215-pounds

Austin (Texas)

Westlake High School


Damion Miller

Wide Reciever

6-foot-1, 195-pounds

Tyler (Texas)

John Tyler High School


The Board


One of the more unusual positions to keep an eye on is Linebacker.  Texas will try and sign three linebackers in this cycle.  Dylan Moses, Anthony Hines, Baron Browning, Levi Jones, Tyler Taylor and Chris Allen are the leading players heading into the summer months.  Moses, Hines, Browning, Jones, and Taylor will all visit Texas in the coming weeks.  Texas needs to land one of Moses, Hines, Taylor, and Browning, but preferably two of four.  Two of four is a realistic expectation for Longhorn fans at this time.  The focus is on the first five with Moses, Hines, Browning, Jones, and Taylor. 


The defensive tackle board has little to no drama whatsoever as the evaluation period comes to a close.  Marvin Wilson, Juan Harris, Deiontae Watts and Damion Daniels are the offers, but Texas fans need only pay attention to one.  Marvin Wilson is at the top and will remain there until the end.  One player, I am keeping an eye on is Katy standout defensive linemen Corey Bethley. 


The defensive end position has more twists and turns than a roller coaster.  Texas has extended nine verbal offers as May comes to a close.  Lagaryonn Carson, Robert Beal, Taquon Graham, K'Lavon Chaisson, Earnest Brown IV, Isaiah Buggs, LaBryan Ray, Alec Jackson and Ondario Robinson hold offers from Texas.  On National Signing Day, Texas fans can expect to see three defensive ends in this class.  Things look favorable with Temple standout Taquon Graham as his decision date inches closer.  Robert Beal will visit Texas very soon.  Texas should see one of Jackson & Ray visit Austin over the summer months.  Keep an eye on Isaiah Buggs; let's see if he trips to Texas moving forward.  I am not focused on Chassion or Brown currently.


The safety position resembles the defensive tackle board, not much drama right now.  Jeffrey Okudah, Daniel Wright, Isaiah Pryor, Derrick Tucker, Robert Barnes and Grant Delpit hold offers from Texas.  Recent verbal commitment Montrell Estell should get his start at the safety position for the Longhorns.  As is the case with defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, Texas seems to be all in with Okudah. 


The corner board brings us DeAngelo Gibbs, Chevin Calloway, Stanford Samuels III, Justin Broiles, Kary Vincent, Jr., Kobe Boyce and Saiid Adebo.  Boyce is on board putting Texas in a position to zero in on two more corners to round out the class.  The players seem to be Calloway, Vincent, and Adebo.  If Texas can land two of those three, they will be in great shape in the future.


The quarterback position is set with Sam Ehlinger.  Tight end position is set with Major Tennison, which brings us to the offensive line.  Texas has extended 12 verbal offers at this time.  Adrian Ealy, Walker Little, Austin Deculus, Jack Anderson, Tyrese Robinson, Grayson Reed, Edward Ingram, Chuck Filiaga, Calvin Ashley, Will Farrar, Creed Humphrey and Xavier Newman hold offers from the Longhorns.


The players I am focusing on at this time are Walker Little, Grayson Reed, Chuck Filiaga and Xavier Newman.  Even with Reed announcing for Texas A&M I think the outcome of 2016 could play a major role for Reed and his family.  Texas fans should expect to see new offers at this position moving forward.


Texas should land three wide receivers this cycle.  The Longhorns have extended eight verbal offers.  Hezekiah Jones, Damion Miller, Camron Buckley, Mannie Netherly, Omar Manning, Tyrell Shavers, Devonta Smith and Jalen Reagor hold offers from Texas.  With Miller on board, Texas is in a good position.  Netherly, Manning, and Shavers will get plenty of attention from the staff in the coming months. 


Texas lacks quantity at the running back position, but they more than makeup for it with quality.  Toneil Carter Jr., J.K. Dobbins, Najee Harris and A.J. Davis hold offers from the Longhorns.  The primary focus, in my opinion, seems to be Davis and Dobbins right now.  I expect to see both visit Austin over the summer.


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