As if one of the biggest official visit weekends in recent memory needed a little more star power, the Texas Longhorns hosted two recruits who weren't expected to make it to Austin -- Duncanville defensive tackle Marcel Southall and TCU defensive end commit Isaiah Chambers:
UT Official Visit #HookEm #Longhorns pic.twitter.com/i0s48PKDp1— Marcel_Southall (@marcel_southall) January 15, 2016
Counting @marcel_southall & #TCU commit Isaiah Chambers, #Texas has 10 #ESPN300 prospects in OV's this weekend.— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) January 15, 2016
With the huge need for defensive linemen in finish out the 2016 recruiting class, getting Southall and Chambers on campus is a significant development.
Southall has been a bit of a mystery recruitment this year and wasn't expected to take an official visit to Texas before National Signing Day, as the original plan for Southall was to visit Oklahoma State this weekend. He's thought to be an Oklahoma lean after visiting Norman back in late December.
As for Chambers, he picked up an offer from the Longhorns last summer, but opted to pledge to the Horned Frogs in late August. Texas already has two strongside defensive end commits in Andrew Fitzgerald and Malcolm Roach, but since Chambers is already around 260 pounds, he's a candidate to grow into a defensive tackle.
Landing Southall or Chambers or both would be fill major needs for head coach Charlie Strong and company.