The Texas Longhorns are returning to the Sunshine State in hopes of finding another Florida tight end, offering Fort Lauderdale Heritage's Nick Eubanks on Wednesday:
The 6'5, 215-pounder is the No. 373 recruit, the No. 13 tight end, and the No. 52 prospect in Florida, according to the 247Sports Composite. Major programs among his 15 offers include Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, and USC.
The Crimson Tide are considered the most serious contender, an unfortunate fact for the Horns since the Seminoles haven't offered and the Gators are down, which makes pulling prospects out of Florida much easier at this time than others in recent history.
Two other realities of Eubanks' recruitment make the situation more difficult for Texas. First of all, the area recruiter for Alabama is former Florida Atlantic head coach Mario Cristobal, who was the No. 1 recruiter in the nation last year, according to 247Sports. Secondly, Eubanks' older brother is former Longhorns basketball target Kobie Eubanks, who recently visited Alabama and now looks likely to end up committing to the Crimson Tide as a member of the 2015 class.
If that happens, the appeal of playing college football for head coach Nick Saban at the same school as his older brother might be too much for any school to overcome with the younger Eubanks.
Of course, Texas defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn proved himself an immensely able recruiter in Florida, too, and head coach Charlie Strong has reputation for developing players from South Florida.
As a prospect, Eubanks has impressive athleticism for his size, running a 4.69 40-yard dash at the Nike Opening Miami Regional. He also posted a 4.46 shuttle and 33.3-inch vertical leap. The question is whether he can maintain that athleticism as he gains the weight necessary to hold his own as an in-line blocker. However, he definitely has the frame to carry at least 230 pounds, if not significantly more.
The receiving credentials are strong, too, as he backed up his testing numbers by recording 26 receptions for 408 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.