Following last week’s commitment of consensus five-star offensive tackle Walker Little to the Stanford Cardinal, the Texas Longhorns suffered another setback in recruiting on Thursday, when Aledo offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga left the ‘Horns out of his top three:
Texas failed to make the cut for the California native despite the fact that the 6’6, 335-pounder was the first visitor for new head coach Tom Herman in early December.
However, it’s not particularly surprising that Michigan, Nebraska, and Oklahoma made the cut despite that visit — as Herman mentioned in a radio interview this week, recruiting is about relationships and the new staff simply didn’t have one with Filiaga on the level of the other three schools.
As a result, the staff will now have to move on to other targets in an effort to land prospects in an offensive line class that does not currently hold any commitments.
After Little’s pledge to Stanford, Herman extended an offer to Oklahoma State commit Derek Kerstetter, a San Antonio Reagan product who is also a 2017 US Army All-American like Filiaga. He’s set to take an official visit to Texas immediately following the dead period.
The other current target of Derek Warehime is Colorado commit Grant Polley, who doesn’t speak publicly, but is a possibility to also visit the Longhorns in January.
If Texas can somehow manage to land one or both of those prospects, that would be quite a success for Herman and his staff. Look for some additional offers to go out in the coming days, as well. San Antonio Jay’s Matthew Huhn is one such recruit, as he just decommitted from Houston.