Looking ahead: Texas recruiting needs in 2018


Texas signed a relatively strong class in 2017, but because of the restraints on scholarship numbers was not able to sign a large class. The Longhorns will sign a normal-sized class in 2018 and can sign a diverse class, but they do need to meet certain needs to round out the roster.

1. Quarterback: Shane Buechele was in the class of 2016 and Sam Ehlinger is an early enrollee as a member of the 2017 class. Beuchele ended his freshman year on the mend and you can count the number of games that Ehlinger played during his senior year of high school on one hand. There are no other notable quarterbacks on campus unless Jerrod Heard moves back to quarterback from receiver. With the quarterback talent in the state of Texas and in the country in 2018, expect Texas to take two dual-threat prospects in the class.

2. Defensive end: Texas missed out on its big fish in the 2017 class in K’Lavon Chaisson, who cast his lot with LSU. Texas is looking for power rushers from the edge and will try to sign two or three in 2018, depending on how the talent on hand adjusts to the new 3–4 scheme Texas will use.

3. Offensive tackles: Texas could lose Conner Williams to the NFL a year early after the 2017 season and will need to recruit at least one high-caliber tackle who can play right away in 2018.

4. Linebacker: This is another place that could be hit by early entry into the NFL after the 2017 season. With the new 3–4 defense, the Longhorns need numbers in the middle and on the outside.

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5. Cornerback: Texas signed two 6-foot corners in the 2017 class, but the position will be hit hard by graduation after 2017 and 2018. Look for Texas to sign two or three corners in the 2018 class. Players who sign at corner sometimes make their way to safety, and you can never have enough cover corners in a conference where offenses force most defenses to play a version of the nickel.

6. Defensive tackle: There is not a school in the country that does not have a need at defensive tackle because they are so hard to find. Texas signed the top defensive tackle class in the country in 2016, but still will take one or two in 2018.

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