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Once Andrej Karic committed to Texas in July, Longhorns head coach Tom Herman and offensive line coach Herb Hand had everything they needed on the offensive line for the 2020 class.
Logan Parr, Jake Majors, and Jaylen Garth all joined Texas’ class several months prior to Karic’s commitment, but none of them ever showed any signs of wavering. Texas had its guys, and its guys had Texas.
“When they committed, it was ‘we’re shutting it down and we’re getting ready to go play for Texas,’” Herman said Wednesday.
Hand has a saying that the best offensive linemen are high production and low maintenance. Karic, Parr, Garth, and Majors all fit that profile “to a T,” according to Herman.
“They love the University of Texas,” Herman said. “They love Coach Hand. They love our program and what we’re building here.”
All four possess the attributes Texas looks for in offensive linemen. Herman explained a need for toughness, motor, and an ability to finish blocks.
Three members of class spent their senior years playing left tackle, with Garth the only exception due to a preseason knee injury.
Despite protecting the quarterback’s blindside during their final high school seasons, Parr and Majors project to interior roles at Texas. Herman expects Majors’ career to start at center in the hopes “he can develop into a multi-year starter at that position.” It will be an adjustment, just as it was for Zach Shackelford and Rafiti Ghirmai. However, Majors won’t be completely new to the position – he competed against some of the best defensive linemen in the country playing center at The Opening Finals.
Those two project to interior roles because of their body types. For his guards and centers, Herman does not place as high of a priority on length as he does for his tackles. “The inside guys, you’re going to want already to have some girth on them and some strength but still be able to move and bend and explode their hips,” Herman said.
Length is important for tackles so that even if they are beat on their feet, their arms and upper body can still be effective. If they have that length, Herman believes the athleticism and toughness will eventually arrive with work in Yancy McKnight’s strength program.
The two tackle prospects in Texas’ class have length. Both Karic and Garth were listed at 6 foot 5 inches by Texas on signing day. Parr and Majors were each listed at 6 foot 4 inches and within the 280-pound range.
“We got exactly what we wanted in those four guys,” Herman said. “We got two really solid inside guys in Logan and Jake and two really promising tackles in Jaylen and Andrej.”
Texas loses two 2019 offensive line starters to graduation. They added four linemen in their preferred mold via the 2020 class. Parr, Majors, Garth, and Karic might have to wait in line now that the Longhorns have a healthy offensive line room, but from the beginning their roles are clear as day.