For going on two years now we’ve known Texas had to strike oil on the offensive and defensive lines in the 2021 recruiting class. The materials are championship caliber across the board. There are plenty of edge rushers, offensive tackles, interior O-linemen, and grow 'em D-tackles. A good challenge, and one that Texas fans hope truly materializes, will be to make the pieces fit within class numbers.
I thought crowdsourcing a list of former Longhorns in the coaching ranks would make for an interesting discussion. There are a lot and I’m sure we’re missing some. If you have any to add, please share.
After pulling several prospects from the Pac-12 footprint in the 2019 cycle, Tom Herman, Todd Orlando, and Oscar Giles looked west once again and found the next Longhorn defensive lineman. 2020 Draper (UT) Corner Canyon DL Van Fillinger committed to Texas today over competing offers from LSU, Michigan, Oregon, UCLA, Utah, USC, Ohio State, and Washington.
Clemson won the national championship for myriad reasons: the best program culture in FBS, outstanding team quickness, a phenom freshman QB, terrific coaching that exploited Alabama's systemic weaknesses... but most of all they won the national title because they fielded the best defensive line in college football.
One of the state's best, one of the most underrated, one of the most intriguing, and one of the quietest recruits all walk into Moncrief. All leave with smiles and good vibes as the Longhorns staff continues to build relationships with the state's, and nation's, best high school football talent. Austin is hopping and everybody is knocking.
Other than recruiting there isn't a whole lot in the off-season to tide us over other than talking about the team. Because of that, most of you know the current roster about as well as anyone. However, I do find it a worthwhile exercise to reassess each position and player one more time ahead of the season as a way to resharpen our familiarity with each.