ORLANDO – Fishing in Florida, Texas landed a big one.
North Mesquite 4-star Jean Delance committed to Texas today at the Under Armour All American game in Orlando, Florida. The athletic offensive tackle from the Class of 2016 chose the Longhorns over LSU and Michigan, and held 30+ offers including Ohio State, Alabama, and Texas A&M.
Delance fills a must-need position: talented offensive linemen. Pairing with freshmen ’15 All-Americans, Patrick Vahe and Connor Williams, Delance will help build a formable line under new OL coach Matt Mattox. He joins fellow Longhorn linemen commits, Denzel Okafor and Tope Imade, to form the best OL class in the Big 12.
Evaluations/excerpts from the Recruiting Notebook (10/15):
Jean Delance – OT, North Mesquite (2016) Hudl highlights
How he fits at Texas: Delance might have the best feet of any tackle in-state this year. Highlight after highlight on his senior film features him beating DL off the ball and then those DL typically giving up and either getting taken for a ride or driven to the ground. Delance’s feet also allow him to find targets in space. He’s an ideal left tackle prospect in any offense and would fit like a glove in Mattox’s run schemes, particularly on gap schemes that would release him to the 2nd level to find a LB off a double team or as a puller. He’ll probably need a year or two to find his college playing weight and then Texas could have something special. – Ian Boyd
Coach says: Initially when I watched Delance’s junior tape, I wasn’t too impressed. But the longer I watched and followed his senior maturation, the more I liked what I witnessed. What stands out about Delance is how well he moves around for a guy his size, and definitely think he has the athleticism and the feet to stick at tackle. He will have to get better at playing with a lower pad level and instead of catching defenders, he needs to take the fight to them. He has a decent punch, but he doesn’t seem to always utilize it and his functional strength doesn’t consistently show up on tape.
How this affects Texas: The numbers don’t lie. Texas needs talented offensive tackles. Delance fits the mold. The OT from North Mesquite is becoming a popular man these days. Playing such a premium position coupled with being 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, and you’ve got yourself a potential monster. Texas, Michigan, Ohio State, A&M, and Alabama are a few of the schools pursuing Delance. There’s a ton to like about Delance’s game, and his upside is obvious. Texas is in a good standing here, but it’s only begun. – Justin Wells
Delance is the 13th member of UT’s Class of 2016. He joins Davion Curtis (Temple), Denzel Okafor (Lewisville), Andrew Fitzgerald (Flower Mound Marcus), Malcolm Roach (Baton Rouge, LA) Obie Eboh (Southlake Carroll), Peyton Aucoin (Bother Martin, New Orleans), Collin Johnson (WR – Valley Christian (CA), Reggie Hemphill (WR – Manvel), Shane Buechele (QB – Arlington Lamar), Tope Imade (OL – Arlington Bowie), Gerald Wilbon (DL/OL – Destrehan, LA ) and DeMarco Boyd (ATH – Gilmer).
Buechele, Boyd, and Johnson are early enrollees and should be on campus by mid-January and participate in Spring camp.