Like everything with the NCAA, finding clarity on “initial counters” (signees who count towards the 25 man class limit) is much more difficult than it should be. Finding the actual, new NCAA text is proving difficult.
You won’t find this surprising, but in my opinion it’s been time to offer the 6-foot-7, 280 pound (per his coach) Clear Lake product.
For the class of 2019 to be considered a success, the offensive and defensive line haul needs to approximate that of 2018 wide receivers and defensive backs in quality.
There’s a long way to go this season but with the 2018 schedule coming out today an eye has been cast towards the future.
Let’s take a look at depth and some potential scenarios.
With the de-commitment of Juco tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson, the staff is back to 18 pledges. I won’t lose any sleep over Wood-Anderson, even when he likely ends up at OU, but tight end has been a question mark on the field and in the class. Hold that thought.
Conroe Oak Ridge defender Joseph Ossai may have one of the best mental evaluations I’ve seen in some time. We know he prides himself on academics and wants to be an engineer but that’s only part of it, he is also a tireless worker and natural leader who takes football very seriously.
I fully understand the frustration many have right now.
Perhaps with the exception of the wide receivers, the defensive line has played the most consistent football this year of any position group. Because of that, the trepidation of the 2018 recruiting class has been much more muted than that of their cohorts on the offensive line.
I’m not particularly worried about either, but if we’re going to discuss the offensive line we might as well dissect the defensive line.
Exiting the Spring, Texas had 18 bodies on the offensive line. That’s enough for a three-deep and three red-shirts. 18-20 is typically what I’ve stated needs to the rolling average. Between injuries, transfers, retirement, and the steadfastness of red-shirting Sam Cosmi, the current number is 11.
The 2018 class of defensive backs will very likely finish as the highest rated group the school has ever signed. Without researching it too much, it will also likely be the best position group to sign of any that routinely takes three players or more per cycle. For a school that fancies itself as DBU, that’s quite an accomplishment.