With the recent additions to the class of 2016, Texas fans can expect a 2017 class size of around 18. In a twist of fate, Texas landed four more players in 2016, three on the offensive side of the ball with one on defense. How will the additions impact the offensive side of the ball in 2017?
Texas has one of the top-ranked signal callers in the country with Austin (Texas) Westlake standout Sam Ehlinger. Do not expect to see another quarterback taken in the class of 2017.
Texas will no question take a running back in 2017. Backs with offers are Toneil Carter Jr., J.K. Dobbins, Najee Harris and A.J. Harris. Even though he announced his intentions for Ohio State-Texas fans should keep an eye on La Grange high school standout J.K. Dobbins moving forward. Will Longhorn nation see Dobbins back on the Texas campus?
Tight End 1
Major Tennison announced his intentions to play for Texas on October 14th, 2015. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound standout from Bullard (Texas) appears to be looking around a bit. All eyes will be on the Texas offense in 2016, and it will make an impact for Major Tennison and his family. Even though he committed over eight months ago his future seems uncertain at this time.
Offensive Line 1
With the recent addition of Urquidez and Hudson, offensive linemen Xavier Newman and his future seem shaky at best. It’s hard to imagine Newman sticking with the Longhorns. Recent talks of Oklahoma and Newman have been in the works for some time. Newman and his Texas future seem uncertain as we head into July. Two players that will remain at or near the top of the board moving forward are Walker Little and Chuck Filiaga. Even with the newest additions, Texas still needs to bring in two offensive linemen for this recruiting cycle.
Wide Receiver 1
Texas landed a strong wide receiver class in 2016 with Collin Johnson, Davion Curtis, Lil'Jordan Humphrey and Reggie Hemphill-Mapps. The quality becomes one of the best in the Big 12 with the addition of Devin Duvernay. Texas already felt the ramifications of the addition when shortly after the news to Texas broke, Mannie Netherly announced his intentions to play for Les Miles and the LSU Tigers. The lone Texas verbal at this time is Damion Miller. Texas fans should expect one more wide receiver in 2017 for a class size of two but could land a total of three when National Signing Day arrives in February.
Texas fans should expect to see eight to ten offensive players in the recruiting class of 2017. This will leave the same amount for the defensive side of the ball.