Dominic Espinosa is Staying Close to Home

Dominic Espinosa couldn't wait for a chance to play for his local college, the University of Texas Longhorns. For a while it looked like Espinosa might not get that chance as he was not invited to the first Junior Day in early February. Today, all that changed for Espinosa who became Texas' thirteenth commitment of the 2010 class.

Some guys grow up idolizing their local college. Some guys decide that college is a time to spread their wings and leave their local area to get that college experience. For Cedar Park's Dominic Espinosa, which is a suburb of Austin, he knew that he wanted to stay close to home to play his college ball.

"Yeah, I am real excited. I am glad about the way the day turned out. Texas is close to home, a big time school with great academics. Now I know my family is going to be able to see me play a lot," Espinosa said.

For Espinosa, it looked like he would get every offer in state except for the Longhorns. Before Saturday, he held in-state offers from Texas A&M, Houston, Baylor, SMU in addition to out-of-state offers from Missouri and LSU.

Espinosa did make several junior day visits to Texas A&M and LSU before taking in the Texas junior day today. He was not invited to Texas' first junior day on February 8.

"I wasn't disappointed so much as there were not a lot of other lineman invited in for that first weekend, but once (Trey) Hopkins committed and I started talking to the Texas coaches again, I felt better about it," Espinosa explained.

The 6-3, 275-pounder plays typically left tackle for the run-oriented Cedar Park Timberwolves. However, due to Espinosa's tremendous run-blocking ability, the Timberwolves do flip him to other side of the line on occasion (particularly in goal line and short yardage) to team him up with 2011 tackle prospect Spencer Drango. It also looks like Espinosa will likely move to Center for Cedar Park next season. For the Longhorns, Espinosa will likely be moved inside to guard or center.

"I'm definitely an interior guy for (the Longhorns). I am still growing, so we'll see where my body goes. I played last season at under 6-3 but now I am definitely over 6-3," Espinosa explained.

Espinosa is also athletic enough to contribute at defensive tackle this season for the Timberwolves.

Dominic Espinosa is the thirteenth Texas commitment for 2010 and the second offensive linemen.

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