Even with six offensive linemen committed or signed in the 2015 Texas Longhorns class, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline is still pursuing prospects, offering Fort Bend Marshall offensive tackle Sam Awolope on Tuesday:
A consensus three-star prospect given a ranking of 93 by 247Sports, Awolope has been committed to TCU since the middle of December. The 6'5, 260-pounder saw his stock take off during the spring, but pledged to Rice in June before deciding to flip to TCU on December 15 after taking an official visit on December 12.
He also holds offers from Arizona State, BYU, Colorado State, Houston, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon State, Purdue, and Wake Forest, among others.
Despite the three-star ranking from the industry, Awolope was a recent addition to the final 247Sports Top 247. He now sits at the No. 174 prospect nationally, the No. 17 offensive tackle, and the No. 22 player in the state of Texas.
Is the interest mutual? Despite the late nature of the offer, Awolope plans on using an official visit to Texas on January 30, the last weekend before National Signing Day.
Wickline continues to target high school offensive tackles as a result of the December decommitment of Houston Westfield's Toby Weathersby and the rumored grade issues of Huntsville offensive tackle commit Ronnie Major.
Now listed at 279 pounds on his Hudl page, Awolope is on the light side to contribute early. An extremely lean player at this time, Awolope looks closer to the 260 pounds he's listed as on his 247Sports profile rather than the Hudl listing. In fact, he looks a lot like former Texas offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle, who was easy to mistake for a tight end, even last spring after he had been in the program for several years.
Early contributions are probably out of the question because the Marshall product needs to improve all areas of his strength, from his lower body to his upper body, as he doesn't always appear to pack the best punch or create a lot of initial displacement when he comes off of the ball unless he's working in tandem on a combo block.
Those things should come as he matures and hones his technique -- the reason he's judged to have so much upside by 247Sports is because he's an excellent athlete for his size, pulling at times for Marshall and generally showing excellent reactive body quickness.
And when he does use proper leverage to roll out of his hips and get his hands extended, it is an impressive display. At the second level his punch is magnified simple fact that he's moving so quickly and he's definitely willing to keep his legs driving on contact to finish with pancake blocks.
Overall, Awolope would make an excellent addition to the class because of his athleticism and upside.