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LA DT Gerald Wilbon will visit Texas next week

With in-state defensive tackle recruiting not going to plan, the Longhorns are looking to a neighboring state.

Gerald Wilbon
Gerald Wilbon
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The recruiting ties of Texas Longhorns defensive line coach Brick Haley are starting to pay off in Louisiana, as Destrehan defensive tackle Gerald Wilbon will visit Austin next week, according to multiple reports.

The 6'3, 311-pounder doesn't currently have his Rivals or Scout rankings put into the 247Sports Composite, but both services have him as a three-star prospect, with Scout considering him the No. 47 offensive guard and No. 2 guard in Louisiana. Rivals ranks him as a low three-star recruit (5.5) and the No. 37 player in Louisiana. Wilbon currently holds 11 offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Texas Tech, and Central Florida. Texas offered a week ago, just days after the top three in-state defensive tackles committed to Houston and Alabama, respectively.

His 247Sports Crystal Ball holds two predictions for the Red Raiders, but since the Longhorns don't typically lose recruiting battles to the conference rival on the South Plains, if Wilbon does take his visit as planned, he could leave Central Texas with Texas in a highly favorable position. However, Texas Tech does have the benefit of being the first school to offer the two-way high school standout.

Wilbon will also visit LSU, but since the Tigers just picked up a commitment from Texas target Glenn Logan and already hold a commitment from Edwin Williams, it's unlikely that Ed Orgeron will extend an offer to Wilbon in the near future, if at all.

Describing his biggest strength as run-stuffing, Wilbon projects as a pure nose tackle at the next level. With a verified 5.46 40-yard dash, he doesn't have especially impressive explosiveness or change-of-direction ability, but his size and decent ball get-off do allow him to cause some disruption in high school. As a result, he would be a solid take for the Longhorns, but not the game-changing defensive tackle that Texas needs to land in the 2016 class.