North Mesquite offensive tackle Jean Delance released his list of top three schools on Twitter Monday evening and the inclusion of the Texas Longhorns was not a surprise:
Alphabetical Order TOP 3!! #GeauxTigers #HookEm #Wolverines 〽️ pic.twitter.com/UedN9uPC5n— Jean Delance ® (@JeanDelance74) December 21, 2015
After surging in Delance's recruitment throughout the summer and taking over one of the top two spots on his list by September, the Longhorns have seemingly remained in a strong position.
And one former contender is now apparently out of the race -- the Texas A&M Aggies, the school that seemed to offer the most serious competition for the 6'5, 291-pounder not so long ago.
Now Texas is battling LSU and Michigan, the last two programs that Delance visited before the dead period, first traveling to Baton Rouge and then to Ann Arbor.
Which one represents the most serious threat to perhaps the most important target left on the board for the Horns? The Wolverines have quickly turned into a recruiting juggernaut under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, but the Tigers ended up with two offensive linemen in the last cycle who were once pledged to Texas, so neither program is easy to discount.
The plan for Delance several months ago was to stay close to home, so if he ultimately decides that's what he wants to do, the Longhorns should have a significant edge in his recruitment.
A consensus four-star prospect, Delance is the No. 90 recruit overall, the No. 10 offensive tackle, and the No. 15 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.