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It’s not too early to recruit for 2018: Texas hands out five offers

Posted January 6th, 2017

Recruiting is a marathon. The 2017 class hasn’t yet put ink to paper and the Texas staff’s focus is already partly on 2018.

The Longhorns dished out five offers to 2018 recruits Thursday. The group included an in-state defensive tackle, a tight end from New York and three offensive linemen from various parts of the country:

Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Lindenhurst High School (N.Y.)

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Ruckert’s offer list is impressive. He holds offers from more than 40 schools, including powers from the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-12. The 6-6 tight end is an excellent pass-catcher who uses his height to create mismatches with defensive backs. He’s athletic enough to get open against safeties and is a willing blocker. He’ll need to add weight and strength to compete in the trenches at the college level, but that’s normal for a tight end at this stage of his career.

Tom Herman’s staff wants tight ends. That was made clear by securing two 2017 tight ends within his first month on the job. Ruckert will be one of next year’s top five tight ends and is a borderline top-100 overall player nationally.

Nana Asiedu, OL, North Stafford High School (Va.)

Asiedu is a four-star offensive tackle with a 6-6 frame and a lot of upside. He’s an athletic big man with offers from programs like Auburn, Clemson and Georgia. He’s leaner than some of the other big offensive tackles in the 2018 class, but he has plenty of length and the ability to carry more weight without losing the quickness that makes him a high-level prospect. Asiedu is a national top 150 player and one of the best offensive tackles in the country.

Jackson Carman, OL, Fairfield High School (Ohio)

Carman might be the best player in the 2018 class. He’s a five-star offensive tackle with a laundry list of offers from the best programs in the country. It’ll be tough to get him out of Big Ten country with Ohio State and Michigan around the corner, but the Ohio State ties on the Longhorns’ newly-formed staff means relationships are likely built-in with Carman. He stands at 6-6 and already carries 305 pounds with ease. He’s a prototypical left tackle prospect and the clear-cut top offensive lineman in the 2018 cycle.

Deontrey Hill, OL, Houston County (Ga.)

Texas used an offer on an interior offensive line prospect by offering one of the best guards in the country. Hill is a grinder with surprising athleticism for a junior carrying 325 pounds. He stands 6-4 and that lack of height and length make him a guard or center prospect at the college level. Hill holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Florida State and others. He’s a four-star prospect on 247Sports’ composite ratings.

Keondre Coburn, DT, Spring Westfield High School

The Longhorns went out of state with their other four offers on offensive prospects, but went to Houston for their latest defensive offer. Westfield is a high school that Herman has had recruiting success at; recent running back pledge Daniel Young is from Westfield. That relationship likely will help Texas with Coburn, a four-star tackle. He doesn’t have ideal height (6-2), but he’s quick off the line and uses his 300-pound body to demand double teams and free up space for roaming linebackers.

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