All four Texas Longhorns offensive line commits and targets are on campus this weekend for official visits and they already look ready to contribute for new offensive line coach/running game coordinator Matt Mattox.
The future looks bright for the trenches in ATX!! #HOOKEM pic.twitter.com/Tl1icd0f1j— Jean Delance (@JeanDelance74) January 16, 2016
From left to right, that's Kansas State commit Zach Shackelford, who will decide his future tomorrow, offensive tackle Jean Delance, Mattox, offensive guard Tope Imade, and offensive guard Denzel Okafor.
Delance is the No. 10 offensive tackle, a 2016 Under Armour All-American, and possesses high-level athleticism to go along with the reach to excel in pass protection in college. With Connor Williams anchoring the left side, Delance is expected to immediately battle for the starting right tackle job.
From Lewisville, Okafor is a Semper Fidelis All-American who also has excellent reach and clearly apparent strength. Rivals has him as a four-star prospect and Rivals250 member, which seems more in line with his talent than other rankings -- his film is every bit as good as Alabama pledge Chris Owens. Ranked as the No. 7 offensive guard in the country, Owens has a similar skill set, but is shorter than Okafor.
Speaking of strength, Imade can deadlift 515 pounds. He's viewed as a more raw prospect than the others, but he has the height of a tackle and the type of mass at 327 pounds that is difficult to resist for opposing defensive tackles.
Even without Shackelford, it's a physically-impressive bunch of prospects to add to the core of Williams and right guard Patrick Vahe, two of the best young linemen in the country, much less the conference.
If Mattox can develop these plays as well as he develop junior-college prospects at Butler Community College from 2007-2011, the Longhorns will push some defensive lines around in the coming years.