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Texas offers 3-star JUCO DT Tyrell Chavis

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In search of instant-impact players along the defensive line, the Horns have now turned to the junior college ranks.

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With junior college recruiting heating up, the Texas Longhorns extended a Monday offer to Nassau CC defensive tackle Tyrell Chavis, according to the school's Twitter account.

The Virginia native is a 6'4, 320-pounder rated as a consensus three-star prospect, the No. 101 junior college player nationally, the No. 16 junior college defensive tackle, and the No. 7 junior college prospect in New York, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Chavis also holds offers from Auburn, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Penn State, Rutgers, and West Virginia, among others. An official visit to Auburn is set for late November and the Tigers currently hold one of the two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for him. Penn State has the other.

It's already been a winding road for the 21-year-old Chavis, who was a member of the 2012 Virginia signing class after a standout career as a two-way lineman at Richmond's Varina High School before spending a post-graduate year at Fork Union Military Academy. After a redshirt year at Virginia, he transferred to Nassau CC.

The listed weight of Chavis at 320 on his 247Sports profile may be a little bit high, as he looks much more lean in his mid-season film above, even playing outside some as a five-technique in odd fronts. And based on the quickness he shows on film, the low three-star rating for him doesn't give his athleticism enough credit -- the kid can move. Chavis also isn't as raw as some other prospects on the Texas radar, as one would expect from someone now in his fourth year out of high school, as he understands how to use his hands and can play with good leverage.

Texas holds a commitment from Destrehan (La.) defensive tackle Gerald Wilbon and would ideally like to add two other defensive tackles to the recruiting class, with Houston Westside's Jordan Elliott a key target.