2016 Texas Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Texas Football Recruiting Class: Charlie Strong didn’t have a lot of needs or openings compared to last season, but his class is decent enough to be a stepping-stone to what needs to be a huge 2017 recruiting class.

    January 29, 2016


    2016 Texas Football Recruiting Class: Charlie Strong didn’t have a lot of needs or openings compared to last season, but his class is decent enough to be a stepping-stone to what needs to be a huge 2017 recruiting class.


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    Texas Football Recruiting Class Overview

    After bringing in the Big 12’s best class last season, Texas didn’t have a ton of openings. There might not be many elite-of-the-elite recruits, but it’s an okay class helped by the late signing of RB Kyle Porter and a few good prospects for the line. Soon, Texas has to totally own Texas.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Offensive linemen. The Longhorns need to keep loading up for the front after a few weak years, and this class has the beef starting with elite OT Jean Delance and some excellent guard prospects. 6-5, 327-pound Tope Imade and 6-4, 290-pound Denzel Okafor are the potential interior blockers, and Zach Shackelford and Gerald Wilbon are among the team’s better prospects. If two of this group end up starting, consider it a success.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    OT Jean Delance, 6-5, 270 – It’ll be nice if Shane Buechele turns into the quarterback the program needs four years from now, and it would be great if receivers Collin Johnson and Reggie Hemphill-Mapps can shine, but it’s Delance who’s the best get of the bunch to potentially be the anchor up front. He needs to hit the weights and add at least 20 good pounds, but three years from now he should be a force in the rotation and a top pass protector.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    The offensive linemen. The Longhorns might be missing a ton of talent to turn the corner, but the experience will be there on both sides of the ball. The defense should be terrific, and the skill players should be good enough, but the O line needs a boost after losing three starters including guard Sedrick Flowers on the left side.

    2016 Texas Football Recruiting Class

    Peyton Aucoin TE Fr.-HS 6-5 240 Metairie, La. (Brother Martin)
    Demarco Boyd LB Fr.-HS 5-11 232 Gilmer, Texas (Gilmer)
    Chris Brown DB Fr.-HS 5-10 199 Houston, Texas (Elsik)
    Shane Buechele QB Fr.-HS 6-1 190 Arlington, Texas (Lamar)
    D’Andre Christmas-Giles DL Fr.-HS 6-2 292 Slidell, La. (St. Augustine)
    Eric Cuffee DB Fr.-HS 6-0 187 Waco, Texas (Waco)
    Davion Curtis WR Fr.-HS 5-11 178 Temple, Texas (Temple)
    Chris Daniels DL Fr.-HS 6-4 328 Euless, Texas (Trinity)
    Jean Delance OL Fr.-HS 6-5 299 Mesquite, Texas (North Mesquite)
    Jordon Elliott DL Fr.-HS 6-3 322 Houston, Texas (Westside)
    Andrew Fitzgerald DL Fr.-HS 6-5 255 Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus)
    Erick Fowler OLB Fr.-HS 6-1 240 Manor, Texas (Manor)
    Reggie Hemphill-Mapps WR Fr.-HS 6-1 171 Houston, Texas (Manvel)
    Lil’Jordan Humphrey WR Fr.-HS 6-4 210 Grapevine, Texas (Southlake Carroll)
    Tope Imade OL Fr.-HS 6-4 322 Arlington, Texas (Bowie)
    Collin Johnson WR Fr.-HS 6-5 203 San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian)
    Brandon Jones DB Fr.-HS 6-0 195 Nacogdoches, Texas (Nacogdoches)
    Jeffrey McCulloch LB Fr.-HS 6-2 234 Houston, Texas (Davis)
    Denzel Okafor OL Fr.-HS 6-4 295 Lewisville, Texas (Lewisville)
    Kyle Porter RB Fr.-HS 5-10 207 Katy, Texas (Katy)
    Malcolm Roach OLB Fr.-HS 6-3 257 Baton Rouge, La. (Madison Prep)
    Zach Shackelford OL Fr.-HS 6-3 296 Belton, Texas (Belton)
    Marcel Southall DL Fr.-HS 6-1 287 Dallas, Texas (Duncanville)
    Gerald Wilbon DL Fr.-HS 6-2 327 St. Rose, La. (Destrehan)

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