Inclement weather in the Metroplex kept North Mesquite offensive tackle Jean Delance from attending the Texas Junior Day on Saturday, but it didn't keep the Longhorns from extending an offer:
The 6'5, 270-pounder saw his recruitment take off during the fall, but committed to the Oklahoma Sooners on November 25, three days after he picked up his offer from Bob Stoops and staff. Since then, numerous other school have entered his recruitment.
Delance is ranked as a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 162 player overall, the No. 17 offensive tackle, and the No. 22 recruit in Texas.
Despite his commitment, the Longhorns look to have a solid shot to flip him from their Red River rival -- a flip pick in Delance's Crystal Ball came in several weeks ago:
And even though Delance wasn't able to make the Junior Day -- a sign of his interest in the Horns in the first place -- he wants to attend the Orange-White game in April, which could be a major day for Texas in Delance's recruitment.
He also holds offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, TCU, and Texas Tech.
The 6'5, 270-pounder has a lean frame packing little bad weight, so it's a bit surprising that he weighs as much as he does -- he will have to work hard in the weight room to add the strength and mass to compete at the college level.
A right tackle for North Mesquite, Delance has all the mobility that one would expect from a 275-pounder -- he's capable of pulling and getting to the second level with ease. He can also at times show an impressive punch even though he doesn't have a great deal of apparent strength.
Since he's a good athlete and can get into his kick step with excellent quickness, the physical tools are there, most likely including the flexibility that will be the key to his development. However, he needs a lot of work with his technique, as he doesn't often get his hand placement right and there isn't much evidence that he can roll out of his hips with a flat back to win at the line of scrimmage.
Landing Delance would be a significant accomplishment for Texas since the top two offensive tackles are already committed to other programs. Allen offensive tackle Greg Little, the No. 1 prospect in the state, is committed to Texas A&M and will almost certainly follow his friend Kyler Murray to College Station. And Silsbee offensive tackle Patrick Hudson is currently pledged to Baylor.