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Texas OL recruiting: Anderson twins becoming key targets

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Only four in-state offensive linemen hold Longhorns offers and two of them are brothers.

Austin (left) and Riley Anderson at Texas in 2014
Austin (left) and Riley Anderson at Texas in 2014
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Since four of the top five offensive line prospects in Texas are now committed to other schools, the reputation of Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline clearly isn't helping much on the recruiting trail at the moment, as the Longhorns are yet to land an offensive lineman in the 2016 class.

As a result, the Friday offers to Mineola twins Austin and Riley Anderson now loom as incredibly important with North Mesquite offensive tackle Jean Delance and Byron Nelson Trophy Club's Kellen Diesch the only two uncommitted in-state tackles with offers and Texas now out of contention with Florida offensive guard prospect Parker Boudreaux.

After missing the Texas Junior Day back in late February due to weather issues and failing to attend the Orange-White game either, Delance doesn't look like a strong possibility to end up in burnt orange right now. The same with Diesch, who grew up in Norman and visited for Oklahoma's spring game. The good news for Texas is that he didn't commit in the immediate aftermath of that decision and there still aren't any Sooners predictions in Diesch's Crystal Ball.

Even if Diesch does end up committing to the Longhorns at some point, Wickline is reportedly looking for another large offensive line class because Texas could lose as many as three starters from the 2015 line.

Enter the Anderson twins, who aren't exactly on commitment watch, but both hold several Crystal Ball predictions in favor of Texas in the wake of picking up their offers. The Mineola products visited for the Orange-White game in 2014 and for the February Junior Day, but had to wait some time before finally picking up their respective offers.

Austin is a 6'4, 285-pounder ranked as a consensus three-star prospect and the No. 60 offensive tackle nationally, while Riley is a 6'5, 285-pounder ranked as a consensus three-star prospect and the No. 77 offensive tackle nationally. Both hold offers from Arizona State, Auburn, California, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and others.

The Aggies could represent the most serious competition for the Longhorns right now -- the Andersons visited College Station last weekend and are now reportedly "high" on Texas A&M, to the extent that each now have two predictions in their Crystal Ball to head coach Kevin Sumlin's program.

There's not currently a timetable for a decision from the Andersons, but if Texas does end up coming out on top, it could help reverse a developing narrative that is hardly positive for the Longhorns in recruiting at critical positions.