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Tom Herman and Oscar Giles needed to find someone who could successfully man the point of attack. They did just that today, when Spring Westfield’s Keondre Coburn committed to Texas.
Coburn chose Texas over competing offers from TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor, and LSU, among others.
Keondre Coburn, DT- Spring Westfield (2018)
How he fits at Texas: Coburn is pretty quick for weighing 320 pounds, which always catches your eye. He’s quick off the ball and uses his hands really well for a junior, both of which portend really well for his collegiate career. I don’t think he’s quite quick enough, or tall enough for that matter, to be a great fit at the DE position but he’d be a great fit inside at the nose. Orlando needs guys that can battle with double teams but also slant over gaps on the blitz and Coburn could be a real menace between the tackles. – IB
Coach says: The latest stud to come off of AJ Blum’s assembly line out at Westfield down in North Houston. Anytime you recruit one of Blum’s guys, you guarantee that they are going to be coached up and that they are likely going to play in a Power 5 conference somewhere. Coburn is a guy that doesn’t go backwards very often due to him being so stout and so strong at the POA. He’s got good functional strength and has strong hands that he uses well to shed blockers and he is a load slow down when he gets off the rock. Coburn isn’t the tallest guy in the world, but I can see him being able to use his low center of gravity to his advantage. I think he is likely a guy who will anchor a defensive line at nose and will be able to cause some pile ups on the interior.
How this affects Texas: When Texas goes easy along the DL in 2017’s class, they’ll hit this position hard in 2018. Coburn is at or near the top of the list of candidates. He likes Texas, he’ll have a chance to see snaps early, and the CORBY factor all benefit the Longhorns in this recruitment. He’ll end up with 30+ offers and plenty of notoriety. The Herman staff building this relationship early should reap benefits down the road. He’s almost a must-get, not just from a production standpoint, but reputation angle. Meekins needs to pull this dude. – JW
Coburn becomes the 16th member of Texas’ 2018 class joining Dominick Wood-Anderson (Arizona Western), Brennan Eagles (Alief Taylor), Jalen Green (Heights), Al’Vonte Woodard (Lamar), Rondale Moore (Louisville, KY), BJ Foster (Angleton), Ayodele Adeoye (Overland, MO), DeMarvion Overshown (Arp), Keaontay Ingram (Carthage), Caden Sterns (Cibolo Steele), Cameron Dicker (Lake Travis), Reese Moore (Seminole), Cameron Rising (Newbury Park, CA), Casey Thompson (Newcastle, OK), Byron Hobbs (FW Eastern Hills).