Once again, the Texas Longhorns survived a cut by North Mesquite offensive tackle Jean Delance, this time on Wednesday evening:
As the graphic shows, the other four teams currently under consideration are Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, and Texas A&M.
Delance told Bleacher Report that he felt those five schools are a good fit for him and that Texas head coach Charlie Strong has made him a priority in the 2016 class as the Longhorns attempt to land the talented tackle. Another interesting tidbit? Texas A&M is the runaway leader in the 6'5, 291-pounder's 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, but Delance's relationship with head coach Kevin Sumlin is not particularly advanced at this stage.
With 2016 offensive guard commit Tope Imade and freshman linebacker Malik Jefferson selling Delance on the Texas program, his recruitment won't merely come down to his relationship with the Longhorns staff -- the combined efforts of Imade and Jefferson could be enough to give Texas a bit of a bump.
And since so many in-state offensive tackles are already commited and few serious out-of-state prospects at this time, landing Delance is key to offensive tackle recruiting in the class and to the overall efforts in 2016.
There are already three official visits set by Delance to the out-of-state schools on his list and before his senior season of football starts, he wants to trip back to Austin and College Station.