As the Texas Longhorns seek to add one or two more high-impact defensive tackles to the 2016 recruiting class, the Horns may still be in the mix with Duncaville's Marcel Southall, who will reportedly take an official visit to Texas.
Few prospects make it deep into their senior seasons with little knowledge of their recruitment getting out publicly, but that's exactly the case with Southall, who is one of the most talented wild-card recruits in the state of Texas.
A somewhat late-emerging star during the spring, the 6'2, 280-pounder hasn't spoken much publicly and currently features only one prediction in his 247Sports Crystal Ball, which favors Oklahoma.
However, there is some info trickling out -- he said that he was a guest of the Longhorns last weekend for the upset victory over the Sooners in the Cotton Bowl and recently told Rivals ($) that he wants to take official visits to Florida, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, leaving two left.
So far this fall, he took an unofficial visit to Texas Tech following a trip to Oklahoma. Southall also visited Texas back in June.
Here's some more info from the Football Brainiacs on that Texas-OU tilt:
Southall's father tells me that they had some time to speak to coach Brick Haley and said Haley is, "a great guy...we had a good time talking with him." Mr. Southall also said that they like Texas' attacking style defense, "that's what we're looking for...we don't want to be eating blocks."
Southall projects as a player who could remain outside as a defensive end in the three-man lines employed by the Longhorns or as a gap-penetrating three-technique in lineups featuring four down linemen, so he's a versatile and disruptive player who does seem to fit well in the Texas scheme.
As a consensus three-star prospect considered the No. 39 defensive tackle nationally and the No. 68 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the rankings don't jump out with Southall, but he has impressive film and a strong offer list, so he's the definition of a three-star prospect with four-star upside.
If Texas isn't going to land four-star recruits, Southall is exactly the type of three-star recruit that Strong could use to effectively build his program.
With Houston Westside defensive tackle Jordan Elliott looking like a Longhorns lean at this point, adding Elliott and Southall to the 2015 recruiting class represents one of the best-case scenarios at this point and one that would go a long way towards putting the Horns in position to field some dominant defensive lines in the future.