Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Texas Longhorns missed on more offensive line targets on Monday with the announcements that Mineola twins Austin and Riley Anderson pledged to the Texas A&M Aggies:
The twins visited Austin for the Texas Junior Day back in February, but a recent unofficial visit that produced several Crystal Ball predictions for the brothers to Texas A&M was apparently enough to end their respective recruitments in favor of the recruiting rival.
The consensus three-star prospects are now the third and fourth offensive line prospects with Texas offers to commit to other schools in recent weeks, following the pledge of Arlington Lamar offensive guard Chris Owens to the Alabama Crimson Tide last week and the commitment of Copperas Cove offensive tackle JP Urquidez to the Baylor Bears exactly two weeks ago.
While Urquidez may not have been a key target before his pledge to the Bears, Owens was certainly a priority and the Anderson twins picked up their respective offers just before the recent Orange-White game, so it's impossible to spin these recruiting losses as anything other than significant misses.
Speaking of which, Texas has now whiffed on the top offensive guard in the state, while five of the top seven offensive tackles with Longhorns offers have committed to other schools. The situation doesn't look especially positive with the other two offensive tackles in that group either, as Texas seems to be on the outside looking in with North Mesquite's Jean Delance and Bryon Nelson Trophy Club's Kellen Diesch. The latter looks close to committing to the Oklahoma Sooners after growing up in Norman and taking an unofficial visit earlier in April.
Though it's still early in the recruiting cycle, the Longhorns are striking out along the offensive line in the state of Texas and while some may not see cause to worry about that so early, it's a disturbing trend that will be extremely difficult for offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline to reverse at a need position. At this point, increasingly hard to ignore those failures.