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4-star OT Jean Delance narrows list to 9

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The Longhorns are the only Big 12 program standing on the 6'5, 281-pounder's list.

A week of positive offensive line news continued on Thursday evening when North Mesquite offensive tackle Jean Delance announced that the Texas Longhorns made his list of top nine schools.

The consensus four-star prospect teased the release as happening at 6 p.m. CT, but his Twitter account seemingly got hacked and it wasn't until after 8:40 p.m. that his interview with Courtney Roland of AggieYell.com made its way onto the interwebs.

The other current contenders besides the Longhorns -- Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and USC.

Following his decommitment from Oklahoma in wake of the racist SAE video, Delance said that he was still considering the Sooners, but that is no longer the case. TCU also got eliminated, despite two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for the Horned Frogs back in March.

Texas A&M is now the runaway leader with 53% of the predictions.

There are plenty of visits for Delance to take and depending on how many he takes during the summer, that will perhaps dictate his official visit schedule during the fall. The North Mesquite product was not yet ready to share his summer plans on Thursday.

One trip that needs to happen from the Texas standpoint is a trip down to Austin. It was in the works in late February for the Junior Day until weather issues got in the way. And he was never able to catch the Orange-White game as planned, for unknown reasons.

Given that he hasn't been on campus yet, it's no small feat that the Longhorns managed to survive his initial cut, so there's still hope of landing the state's top uncommitted offensive tackle.

As for the factors in his recruitment, not much has changed recently in terms of what he's looking for -- he wants great coaching and the opportunity to play early.

Based on the track record of offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline and the continued lack of ideal depth, the Horns should be able to offer both of those things.